Zizzi-versus-Prezzo The Light, Leeds 16th November 2016
Zizzi-versus-Prezzo I would not normally eat in two places in one day mainly because my waistline wouldn’t allow it, but today was an exception.
My boyfriend and I decided pre-theatre to go for an Italian meal and chose to go to Zizzi.
Whilst my boyfriend finished off his drink and as time was pressing on I headed to the restaurant to get us a table. On arrival at Zizzi, I could not find the actual entrance door. After wandering up and down the outside balcony a few times I eventually knocked on the window to grab the attention of a member of staff so they could point out where the entrance actually was.
When I eventually managed to get into the restaurant I was left standing for a few minutes being totally ignored whilst also trying to help a lady and her friend to find the way out. I couldn’t get in and they couldn’t get out. It really was that confusing.
After showing the ladies the door, as it were, I was still ignored and left standing so I chose to find myself a table. The lighting was so bright it was clear to see that there were in fact plenty of tables to choose from but they were all cluttered with dirty plates, used cutlery and lipstick stained glasses.
I chose to sit at one of the less cluttered tables and when the waitress eventually arrived, looking as happy as a boiled lobster, she presented me with a menu whilst informing me that there was no soup or lasagne available. Bearing in mind both myself and my boyfriend have a lasagne fetish and enjoy sampling lasagne in different restaurants this was not ideally what I wanted to hear.
Deciding to overlook this I quickly ordered a Pinot Blush before the waitress disappeared again. Ten minutes later and still no Pinot Blush I noticed that not a lot of people were being served. As time was of the essence and not one member of staff looked even remotely like they were going to ask for my order any time soon, I decided to leave.
Thankfully I now knew where the exit was and promptly headed around the corner to Prezzo. On arrival at Prezzo, I was immediately greeted by a lovely Italian girl who led me to a table for two where I called my boyfriend to let him know where I was. On his arrival he informed me that he had also struggled to find the entrance of Zizzi and had walked into the window as he thought that was the door. That was without a few drinks in him either.
I explained to the waitress we were on a timeframe and she kindly acknowledged this and immediately placed our order of yes, you’ve guessed it, lasagne with salad and chips for two please.
The lasagne was cooked to perfection, the service was friendly and attentive and the ambience of the restaurant in general, candles on the table and low lighting made for the perfect date night pre-theatre meal. We even made it to the theatre on time. Review of the theatre to follow.