Restaurant review: Zizzi’s, South Croydon


By - Friday 19th January, 2018

Fun and convenient for a seasonal treat


57 – 59 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BF

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312


Photo author’s own.

My husband Steve and I wanted to try somewhere new for our Christmas celebration this year and Zizzi’s in south Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter was offering a festive menu at £25.95 per person. So we booked for the two of us on Saturday, 23rd December.

We decided on the set menu, which started off with a free glass of prosecco each. There were several choices for each course. We both agreed on the toscana soup, which was very tasty and thick, with tomatoes, leeks, grilled peppers, curly kale and quinoa and was accompanied by a slice of toasted bread with melted cheese on top. My only criticism here was that it could have been warmer.

For our main course, we both had the pollo prosciutto, which consisted of a chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, ham and sage with a white wine sauce, and accompanied by Tuscan potatoes and green beans. The chicken was very tender and tasty and the Tuscan potatoes well prepared, though the quantity was too much for me. I dispensed with the beans, but Steve enjoyed them, although he tends to eat few vegetables.

Pollo prosciutto.
Photo author’s own.

For the dessert, I decided on the citrus torte. This was a lemon, lime and passion fruit torte with a crumbly cinnamon and biscuit base, served with whipped mascarpone cream, strawberry powder, raspberry and strawberry coulis and a pink raspberry snap. This was absolutely delicious and extremely filling.

Steve had the clementine sticky toffee pudding made with dates, ginger and orange blossom, topped with white chocolate curls and strawberry powder. He chose the vanilla gelato as an accompaniment and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The restaurant is situated in an ideal spot with a car park close by. We would definitely go there again.

And now the surprise bit – we were served by one of the Croydon Citizen‘s contributors! What a small world!

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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  • Laurence Grant

    Anne! Glad you had a good time with Steve.
    It was a pleasure to host you!

    • Anne Giles

      Thanks!