Zizzis, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow


Recently opened on Royal Exchange Square, Zizzi REX, utilises the space vacated by the old Borders Bookshop well. It was a little empty for the time of day (12:30) but I think once word gets out that it is here this will change.

zizzis Royal Exchange Square Glasgow insideWe decided to go for the 3 course set menu, being hungry and cheap 😉   Other menu’s can be found here

Zizzis Royal Exchange Square Menu Lunch


A good array of Italian staples listed here I think.

zizzis Royal Exchange Square Glasgow inside water jugWe both eyed this water jug up, quite fancy it for the house.

zizzis Royal Exchange Square Glasgow inside Arancini Risotto Balls

Mr C had Arancini, risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, peas and served with a chilli tomato sauce.  They disappeared quickly, I had to get in quick to pinch a taste.  Cooked well, full of ingredients and not just rice.  The dipping sauce was handy for a different taste but wasn’t completely needed as the balls were not dry.

zizzis Royal Exchange Square Glasgow inside insalata capresseI went for the Insalata Caprese, tomato, basil, baked dough sticks with roughly ripped mozzarella.  Lightly seasoned flavoursome tomatoes, the breadsticks were delicious – a slight hint of garlic and chewy.  The mozzarella is very creamy and a good chunk.

Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Casareccia Pollo Piccante
Casareccia Pollo Piccante

Mr C next choice was Casareccia Pollo Piccante,  tomato and spinach sauce with harissa spiced chicken.  Mr C commented on the portion size and the amount of chicken for a “set menu” .  The chicken was spicy and hit the spot, I returned for another pinch of some chicken .

Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Spaghetti alla Bolognese
Spaghetti alla Bolognese

Good standard one for me, love Spag Bol.  This tasted home made with a good amount of minced meat throughout.  Again, the portion size was good.

The waitress brought over fresh parmesan for grating (none of that ready grated rubbish 😉 ) and gave you as much as you wished .

Of course the most important course in my mind was still to come, dessert, and it didn’t dissapoint.

Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Tiramisu

I’ve only had really good Tiramisu in two places, the other Oscars at Newton Mearns, this was mmmmm.  Creamy and not watery like some can be.  The sponge was still intact.  Bliss.

Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Chocolate Melt
Chocolate Melt

Better than….. was how Mr C described his dessert, still hot, fluffy sponge, thick chocolate.  mmm again.

Zizzi Rex Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Coffee Latte
Coffee Latte

Finally a couple of Latte’s to keep us happy.  Good coffee (for me) and lovely designed cups and saucers too.  The coffee was hot for a long time, which meant we could have a good natter.

Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Decor
Zizzi REX, Royal Exchange Square Glasgow Decor

Overall, shame to see it empty at this time of day as the food was delicious, service friendly and quick.  Loved it and will certainly be back.  My only gripe is the hike to the toilets .

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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