Zizzi vegan menu review

When I heard on social media that Zizzi’s new vegan menu included cheese I like many others no doubt let a little Yelp of excitement. I like pizza but quiet often it simply isn’t an option for dairy free me even without cheese when eating out. On arriving at Zizzi I requested the allergen menu which incorporated the new vegan menu. I explained to the waitress that I was dairy free due to an allergy. The waitress was very helpful and explained that the chefs would be made aware of this and pointed me in right part of the allergen menu. I explained that I was very excited and that I would be opting for a pizza from the vegan menu so I could have cheese on mine. She informed me that she had other customers who had also been excited by the new menu.
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As for the vegan menu it was very user-friendly and clearly labelled. There was even an option for a gluten free pizza base. I had already decided that I was having a pizza and the gelato for dessert. However, on seeing the menu in person and another diner enjoying the bruschetta I changed my mind. The bruschetta looked so nice and I had eaten a couple pieces of cake already in the week, so maybe savoury was the way to go. I spent what seemed liked ages making a decision. Luckily my friend was very understanding as she knew how excited I was to be having a pizza with cheese on. I opted for the vegan bruschetta for starters and the vegan marghetia pizza with two extra toppings of fire roasted peppers and roasted red onions.
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When my bruschetta arrived it came with a little sticker to the side of the plate marked vegan. The bruschetta looked very delicious and I was surprised by the sheer quantity of tomatoes. It looked to large for one so I shared it with my friend. The tomatoes were really juicy and had a slightly sweet taste. Underneath was a light fluffy bread which was coated in the juices from the tomatoes. The bottom of the bruschetta was nice and crunchy. All three combinations of textures complimented each other nicely. If I was being really picky there were perhaps a little to many tomatoes.
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Now onto the highlight of the night my vegan pizza which had cheese. I still can’t believe it as I write this post. Where do I start. The pizza just looked so inviting and was cooked just how I personally like it, slightly well done around the edges. The colours of the pizza again looked very tempting on the eye. What surprised me the most was the generous quantity of cheese on the pizza. As for the aroma it smelt different to the other pizzas, this being because of the cheese on it. Zizzi use Mozzarisella. I first discovered this cheese a couple of years ago at the Allergy Show, London. I later managed to get some in a specialist health shop, but boy is it hard to come by.
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On biting into the pizza I got the initial crunch from the pizza base followed by a nice light texture from the dough. This was preceded by a generous scattering of cheese intermingled with the tomatoes with a scattering of the extra onions and peppers. The cheese was light and creamy but not at all greasy and the tomatoes were slightly juicy. Both the peppers and onions had a subtle crunch noted. I really liked the char grill flavour of the peppers. I was really impressed with my pizza from its texture is generous serving of cheese and the flavour of my extra toppings. I was determined to finish it and I’m pleased to say I did.
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Due to managing to eat all of my pizza I was full and despite wanting to try I had no room for dessert. So I opted for a nice cup of tea instead. I choose Zizzi’s fresh mint tea. It came in a nice glass cup of hot water with fresh mint leaves to the top. There was a nice strong of aroma of mint noted. The tea had a subtle taste of mint and it was highly refreshing. The perfect tea to end the meal.
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So will be going back to Zizzi again to try more items if the vegan menu, yes definitely. I couldn’t fault it and exceeded my expectations. The staff from the waiting staff through to the manager in the Guildford restaurant were all very helpful and knowledgable about food allergies / intolerances. We visited early on a Wednesday and it was packed. So thank you Zizzi Guildford for a very enjoyable meal I will be returning soon.

15 thoughts on “Zizzi vegan menu review

  1. We went to one of the Manchester Zizzis a couple of weeks ago. I had the same as you did, and thought the bruschetta was excellent.
    I was a bit underwhelmed with the mozzarisella (then again, I find most vegan cheeses fairly disgusting) but it was great to have a pizza that I hadn’t made myself!
    For me though, the real star of the show was the coconut and mango gelato. It was the nicest ice cream I’ve had in a very long time.

    • Hi, thank you for talking the time to read my review. I think Next time I return to Zizzi’s I will try and make room from the bruschetta and the gelato and eat less pizza. It was a shame you didn’t like the vegan cheese, like everything it’s down to personal taste. At least you could have a pizza when eating out.

  2. Blimey – I’ve tried a few dairy free / vegan pizzas in restaurants before but I’ve never seen them with mozzarella that looks this good! I’d better head to Zizzi soon!

    Glad to know the cheese didn’t taste greasy – that’s my usual grumble with vegan options at mainstream restaurants.

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