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Review: A taste of Italy in Pinner at Zaza

As with so many places, Pinner’s hospitality sector fell victim to the global Covid-19 pandemic with the loss of a number of restaurants including Cafe Rouge, Zizzi and Carluccios.

Thankfully this popular area still has some great places to eat and, today we’re talking about Zaza.

A bene benvunta

Founded in 2006, Zaza has branches in Pinner, Ruislip, Amersham and further afield, and was created to provide authentic Italian food. Zaza’s menu includes pretty much everything you would expect from a self-respecting Italian restaurant including pasta, pizzas and daily specials such as swordfish.

Review: A taste of Italy in Pinner at Zaza Harrow Online
The starters. Image: Nicci Rae

Zaza in Pinner

I visited Zaza in Pinner with my husband on a drizzly April Tuesday afternoon. The restaurant was buzzy but not packed and we were able to get a table without a reservation.

The restaurant itself is clean and extremely well maintained – and the focal point of the main room is a large, sprawling olive tree sparkling with twinkly lights. The actual tree is in fact real (but preserved) and is decorated with artificial leaves and twigs.

The review

Zaza has a wide range of dishes on offer, including daily specials, but my husband and I opted for the special lunch menu. Running from Monday to Friday (between 12.00pm and 5.00pm), this menu offers two courses for £14.90 With a choice of five starters and nine main courses.

Review: A taste of Italy in Pinner at Zaza Harrow Online
The main. Image: Nicci Rae

I opted for the calamari starter followed by ricotta and spinach ravioli and my husband went for the wild mushroom and liver pate and spaghetti and meatballs. The food was well presented and extremely well cooked – sadly I cannot comment on the desserts as we were both waaaaay too full!

To go with lunch, we chose a bottle of Pinot Grigio at £26 (£7.60 per glass). While Zaza has a fabulous range of wines available, beer lovers may be disappointed as choices are limited to Peroni (draught and bottled) or Menabrea Blond. The restaurant does also offer cocktails, ciders and spirits.

Review: A taste of Italy in Pinner at Zaza Harrow Online
Zaza in Pinner. Image: Nicci Rae

Great food and service

The staff at Zaza are extremely friendly and attentive and the restaurant is very pleasant. The toilets are clean and well maintained – although there is only one cubicle for the ladies so don’t leave it until the last minute if the restaurant is busy !

I would highly recommend a visit to Zaza – particularly during the week as the lunch special is really good value considering the restaurants extremely high standards when it comes to their food. We will absolutely be back.

Zaza can be found on Love Lane – a walk of around five minutes from Pinner tube station.

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