WOW was all we said as we made our way into the new Brewery Square from the railway station end, there in front of us was exactly what the developers had promised, an open space with a fountain, restaurants and soon to open shops – it is an impressive sight and one that will mature into a wonderful resource for Dorchester. Those in power in Weymouth, please make your way up north and visit to see what can be done, then go back and do it!!!
Zizzi, the Italian restaurant brand, Dorchester’s bespoke restaurant has been built in the exciting Brewery Square Development, making the most of the area’s unique setting and its original features. But this is right next door to another Italian restaurant Carluccio’s how can this work, well Carluccio’s is like your Gran’s place nice and cosy and exactly what you expect from an Italian restaurant. Then there is Zizzi’s who is the bright new kid on the block, contemporary and stylish. It also has the added bonus of alfresco dinning area over looking the square, which by now was full of people and children getting soaked in the fountain.
The restaurant is very bright and open, the kitchen is in full view which gives the place a real buzz and the staff are very friendly and helpful, our server for the night was Katie who was so enthusiastic about it all and made us feel extremely welcome.
For starters we were given their selection of antipasti to share, which I think is a great way to start a meal. The pizza/garlic bread was perfect coming fresh from the huge pizza oven and calamari is always a good gauge and these were cooked perfectly and no sign of toughness.
For secondi I had the Zizzi fish stew, with bass, king prawns, squid, mussels, smoked fish and new potatoes in a tomato stew. It looked impressive and tasted good, although I wasn’t too sure what the smoked fish was and could have done with a little more sauce, but still a great dish of food.
Trevor had the Pollo al Prosciutto, chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham with a white wine sauce. Served with potatoes and green beans. Trevor is an excellent cook and has made this dish himself many times before, but he had to admit Zizzi had nailed it!! The chicken was amazingly succulent, with a great flavoured sauce and the potatoes had that real wood oven flavour to them. One small criticism, he said the green beans could have done with a little more cooking, they were just a little too al dente.
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