You know when you go on vacation and step on a happy coincidence…that’s what happened to us with Zizzi in Greenwich (Unit W2, Greenwich Promenade, Pier Cutty Sark), just outside London. It’s one of the many chain eateries throughout London but this one is actually worth of every Italian bite.
We arrived early, about 90 minutes early, so we were forced to walk around the food fair lurking, luring us like lemmings to the sea. It was just outside and around the Cutty Sark promenade. Needless to say, by the time our table was ready, our tummies were too full for any starter and we jumped right to drinks and mains.
The special of the day was langoustine ravioli with a brandied cream sauce. And just in case you were wondering…langoustines are like little lobsters…think of it as a lobsterette. Delicious. I think there were seven or eight on the plate and I couldn’t finish them all…blame the lemon crepe I had at the fair. I drank it all down with an Aperol spritzer. It’s like drinking a bubbly little sunset, perfect in spring and summer.
The riverfront restaurant gives you a perfect view of nautical London, where you can watch the world sail by as they toss open the huge windows in sunny weather and hear the Thames lapping at the pier.
The staff was pleasant and accommodating on a very crowded and demanding Sunday.
OK, OK, you’re dying to know about dessert. Again I chose the blackboard special: salted caramel pistachio pudding with vanilla ice cream. It was light, nutty and tasty and not overly sweet. Tutto Perfetto!
The full menu offers a range of starters, mains, wood oven pizza and yes, to-die-for desserts. The pizza kitchen sits in the center of the restaurant and it’s amazing to watch the staff juggle all without breaking a sweat. I’m telling you that this foodie travel writer can’t wait to return to Zizzi Greenwich.
Tourist Tips: From the center of London, hop on the Thames Link water taxi to the stop for the Cutty Sark. It’s the most direct and fastest route to Greenwich and you get to ride a boat in the sun. You can visit the restored Cutty Sark, cross the Prime Meridien, have your cards read in the Greenwich Market, either before or after your stop at Zizzi. All aboard, foodie fanatics in London.