Zizzi’s Italian restaurant reopened after refurbishment

Image above: Zizzi’s new mural of the Thames and the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

The very first of a chain that has now grown to 136 restaurants

Zizzi Italian restaurant in Chiswick High Rd has reopened after a refurbishment.

The Zizzis chain now has 136 branches all round the country but the very first Zizzi was established in Chiswick in 1999. It may be the longest running restaurant still open in Chiswick, as it predates some of the longest established restaurants.

Zizzi has long been a favourite with families in Chiswick as it offers reliable pizza and pasta dishes at reasonable prices and the food is cooked before customers in an open kitchen, providing a little entertainment while you wait for your food.

Images above: Zizzi main course and selection of desserts

On the reopening night on Tuesday 15 November, manager Gzim Dana offered some new items on the menu, including Parmagina Rustica – grilled aubergine, sunblush tomatoes and smoked mozzarella topped with toasted pine nuts, bufala mozzarella and fresh basil.

Marcus and Edwige Rogers, who live in Hadley Gardens, remember Zizzis opening and are regular customers.

“We were delighted when it opened” Marcus told The Chiswick Calendar, “because we had two young daughters born in 1997 and 1999 and we have been coming back ever since.

“There weren’t as many restaurants then and no coffee shops. This [the Zizzi site] was a rib shack called the Billy Bob Saloon.”

“It is always a reliable place to bring people” said Edwige.

Image above: Marcus and Edwige Rogers, regular customers

Diners were treated to live music, cover versions of a good range of recent soulful pop from singer and guitarist Kelly Barnes, who was excellent. The restaurant has been redecorated with mural of the River Thames and Fuller’s Griffin brewery.

Image above: Kelly Barnes

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