The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet. I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!
If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.
After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza. Banana and Caramel Drizzled with Dark Chocolate. I was really pleased with the result especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin. I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go. Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.
Here are a few snapshots of our visit to a Zizzi restaurant and more about their
Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza:
While we were in the restaurant, part of the challenge was to Tweet/ Instagram using #SweetPizza - it was so funny. We'd purposely gone to the restaurant earlier in the evening than we'd usually go since people would be wondering what an earth we were doing!
Please excuse my poor photographs as you will appreciate I couldn't take my proper camera and as you would expect restaurants just aren't set up with the correct lighting for food photography.
Since we were sitting directly in front of the chef I just had to ask if I could take his picture - it's okay he knew it would end up in this blog post and thought it was cool!
Our starter dishes arrived, we ordered different dishes so we could share and we absolutely loved this one - Fonduta Formaggi a pot of melted cheese, gorgonzola, gruyère and pecorino with baked dough sticks and focaccia bread for dipping.
To the side of the picture you can just see part of the other dish we had ordered, Arancini - Risotto balls with mozzarella, peas and a breadcrumb coating. There are three risotto balls and they're served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. Warning - they are very moreish!
Now for the main course - Oh my word just look at the size the pizza Paul chose!
The Rustica Sofia pizza had lots of lovely spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage and mozzarella along with chilli and rosemary. Yep he managed to eat the whole thing! I was allowed a tiny bit to try it and we both really liked it.
Here I am not quite knowing where to begin as the Spiedini Pollo (Roast chicken breast with red onions, courgettes and peppers) was as you can see, also huge. It came with a side of Tuscan potatoes with a white wine and lemon sauce. It was too nice and it had to be eaten! The chicken was lovely and tender and the potatoes and sauce were a treat to eat. But I was getting concerned by now, as we'd already eaten loads and still had to try the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza!
Now I must tell you about this dessert Pizza - Melting Marshmallows and Fresh Strawberries drizzled with Warm Chocolate and Hazelnut sauce - what's not to like?
Yes this is something that has to be ordered. I must admit even though I'm not a fan of sweet things, this pizza wasn't too sweet at all and the base thin, crispy and light. The strawberries work really well and take away the much of the sweetness so it isn't overly so and we both thought it was just perfect.
My one recommendation is that after eating a huge meal at Zizzi you seriously only need one of these pizzas to share between two people. But us greedy pair just had to order the Chocolate and Banana Calzone as well as the pizza which you just see in the background of my picture. Yes that was also seriously good although it was of course a lot sweeter than the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza which I personally preferred. Paul however, is a huge fan of both desserts!
Make sure you try out the ultimate sweet treat from Zizzi this summer. You can find your local restaurant here. If you're feeling inspired to turn more savoury things sweet, share your creations with #SweetPizza
If you'd like more information on Zizzi pop over and visit them here.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Zizzi in Shrewsbury and the fantastic meal and service from their staff. I was set a challenge by Zizzi to create my own sweet pizza. We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.