You can find the Derby branch of Zizzi on the busy Friar Gate. This fantastic Italian restaurant is near plenty of local landmarks, from the Pickford House museum to the University of Derby’s Enterprise centre, so it couldn’t be easier to find. Zizzi is ideal for anyone looking for a laid-back meal with plenty of yummy food, whether you’re heading into town especially for the meal or if you find yourself at a loose end.
Zizzi put an emphasis on local, fresh and authentic ingredients, so it’s no surprise that their Derby restaurant reflects the city so well. The interior reflects Derby’s heritage – Rolls Royce engineering – with sleek chrome decorations, graphic wall accents, and clean lines. It also nods to the building’s origins as a grocery, with quirky storage for ingredients and rustic sideboards aplenty. This is a great, Mediterranean-feeling space which lends itself well to informal celebrations, get togethers and catch ups.
To start with, go for the famous Zizzi olives with thyme and chilli, as well as the delicious fagiloli soup with cannellini beans, pancetta, tomatoes and pasta pieces for a satisfying taste of Italy. We also love the modern take on fondue – a melting pot of gorgonzola, gruyere and pecorino cheese with baked dough and focaccia bread for delicious dipping. The mains are wide ranging, you might have trouble picking a favourite dish to try! Why not treat yourself to the attention-grabbing Mediterranean hanging skewers of meat or fish? Alternatively, try the healthy yet tasty option of a superfood-packed salad. You’d better save room for a dessert, though, as Kitty’s gelato picks are amazing, try the lemon meringue sorbet with lemon sorbet, vanilla crema gelato, crumbled meringue, mascarpone cream, lemon curd and mint, it’ll blow you away. For a smaller hot and cold offering, try the authentic espresso affogato.
Students can enjoy a UniDays + NUS discount here. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, you deserve to treat yourself to a fantastic meal of Mediterranean classics and new Italian techniques. Book soon to avoid being disappointed, as this Zizzi in Derby city centre is perennially popular.