Everything was faultless - the welcome, the service, the food and the presentation.
Packed on a Thursday night, not cheap but well worth the money. A great place to go for a special dinner
I have recently been to ZUCCA to eat their Italian-inspired (and cooked!) food.
And boy, that (food) did not disappoint! From the DELICIOUS foccacia to the DELICIOUS risotto, these guys know how to do Italian!
The best thing about it is that it does not cost too much money - which, in these recession-hit times, is all-important - let's face it!
So if you like DELICIOUS Italian food at a price that is not as bad as it could be, and if you live near, then head to ZUCCA and give them a try. "Molto bella!"
"If in doubt - ask Winston out!"
I don't know if they've been a victim of their own success, but in contrast to other reviewers, we found the service utterly hopeless. We had to ask twice for several things and the waitress misheard our order for both the pasta and the pudding (I think she was Italian, but the problem could have been avoided by repeating back to us what she thought we'd ordered).
It's also got a canteeny style so very noisy in there - possibly not the best choice for a romantic anniversary dinner.
And, my, haven't they crammed the tables in! I was actually grazing arms with the person at the next table throughout the meal.
I really wanted to like the place as I think the area could do with a fresh, modern, reasonably-priced Italian. The menu was pretty good. Some antipasti, pasta, fish and meat - just like you'd expect. We had some sashimi of sea bass and their signature starter - the Zucca Fritti. The sashimi was quite bland, and needed a good squeeze of lemon and some chilli, not just herb oil. The Zucca Fritti were bland also, and faintly soggy - not great for a signature dish!
For the main course, I had the squid. It was presented at the whole squid, with a pile of rocket. Again, fairly bland, and after chomping through about 3 mouthfuls of this underwater beast on my plate I gave up. As for a pile of rocket - yuck, but that's a personal thing.
My partner had some Sea bass, which was well cooked, but needed flavour and acid. It came with some sloppy aubergines. We left at least half of the meal.
The desert was panna cotta which was nice. Wines - a decent selection, well priced.
I think despite our rather uninspiring experience we will be back. The menu needs some work, and the chefs need to put the dishes together with more emphasis on flavour and complimentary ingredients, but it was very reasonable and it could be due to lack of experience. Please try harder Zucca.
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