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Zizzi is a chain of Italian restaurants found across the United Kingdom which is owned by Gondola Group, who also own Ask and PizzaExpress restaurants. There are currently 126 Zizzi restaurants in the UK. Many include a masonry oven, visible over the counter to the customers, where pizzas are prepared and then baked in the oven to order. The menu includes a selection of pasta and pizza dishes, plus salads. Their newest flagship restaurant opened in Glasgow's iconic Royal Exchange Square 11 February 2013.
It's pronounced like "zeetzee" like in pizza. It's a last name originating from Siclian dialect Zizzu, meaning "stylish youth". Also from Arabic Aziz meaning "beloved", "beautiful" and "mighty".
— Sarah Henson, Customer Experience Representative
In Summer 2011 Zizzi switched on Pennies, the electronic charity box in all their restaurants, giving their customers the option to top up their bill by 20p and donate to charity. By March 2012, over £50,000 had been raised for charity, with the majority going to Zizzi's long standing charity partner The Prince's Trust. 'Pennies with Zizzi' was crowned project of the year by the Real IT Awards in 2012, also picking up the prize for Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility.
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