It’s pasta and pizza night – and, if you’re heading to Zizzi’s to get your fix, then our guide to Zizzi calories is going to help you have a great night. Becky Scholes has found all the lowest-calorie choices on the Zizzi’s menu so you can order and still stick to your calorie budget.
How Healthy is Zizzi?
Zizzi is about delicious Italian food with a twist.
Since first opening in London over 20 years ago they’ve opened over 130 restaurants across the UK and Ireland.
They pride themselves on having something for everyone. Whether you want low calorie, vegan, gluten free or are a meat lover there will be delicious options for you.
They are well known for their lower calorie Skinny Pizzas, that have a ring pizza base and a salad in the middle. A great way to get your carb fix but not go crazy on the calories.
They also have a selection of salads and fish options which means that normally at Zizzi there’s a range of dishes under 600 calories – they even highlight them on the menu (although you have to dig a bit deeper to find out exactly how much under 600 calories they are which is where we come in).
However, right now, as we write this in November 2021, the Zizzi menu has been pared back a lot to allow for social distancing in the kitchen – what this means is that many of the dishes that normally fit our low calorie budget of under 600 calories aren’t on the menu.
However, Zizzi say many favourites will return so, please do bear with us… we’re going to do our best to cover all the bases so you know what to order now and in the future! But please don’t yell if not everything listed below is on the menu right this minute…
The Lowest Calorie Meal at Zizzi UK
According to the Zizzi nutritional information, the lowest calorie dish on the menu is the Spiedini Pollo with Sauces (with sides) at 316 calories (1165kj), but, I eat in Zizzi a LOT and even in normal times I have never seen this on the menu of my local branch – so, I’m guessing it’s like a rare unicorn of the calorie world available in special or bigger branches.
If it’s on your menu, order the chicken with glee, if it’s not, your next lowest calorie menu option would be the Chicken and Prosciutto Salad at 333 calories (1389kj). But yep, you guessed it – that’s gone right now too!!!
Right now on the pared-back menu the lowest calorie option is the Raviolo de Capra at 494 calories.
Lowest Calorie Meat and Fish Meal at Zizzi
Again, the Spiedini Pollo with Sauces is the lowest calorie meat and fish meal (316 calories, 1165kj). But the next option up is Seabass without Sauce, we all know that fish is a healthy choice and this fits the bill at 432 calories per meal (1796kj).
This part of the menu seems to be the most affected by the changes right now so you might need to save this one for a bit
Lowest Calorie Rustica Pizza at Zizzi
Zizzi’s is well known for its Rustica Pizza, which is basically a normal pizza base but stretched bigger which results in a crispier texture and, best of all, more toppings.
Because it’s their ‘thing’ you can get pretty much all the normal Rustica pizza’s right now.
They are not, however, what you’d consider low calorie with the lowest being the Margharita Rustica at 883 calories (3690kj).
As each Rustica is cut into eight pieces you could have five of them for under 600 calories – so, it’s time to palm the extras off on your dining buddy, leave some on the side – or, even better, ask for a to go box and have the other three slices tomorrow for lunch with a huge salad for under 500 calories!
Lowest Calorie Classic Pizza at Zizzi
None of these pizzas are under our 600-calorie cut off, which I don’t think is a surprise for a whole pizza.
The lowest calorie is the Pinoli Classic at 783 (3311kj).
If you really wanted a Classic Pizza but to stay under the 600 calories you could always share it with someone and couple it with a healthy side like the Baby Gem Salad (40 calories, 166kj) or Garlic Kale and Broccoli (228 calories, 942kj).
Or, get it with a to go box.
Lowest Calorie Skinny Pizza at Zizzi
This is where you (normally) come for your pizza fix on the Zizzi’s menu.
All of the Skinny Pizza’s at Zizzi are under our 600-calorie cut off!
Which is just brilliant when you’re looking to have something that feels like a treat, but without overloading on the calorie front.
The lowest calorie choice is the Skinny Gamberone and Chorizo (Pizza only) at 416 calories (1753kj) – whcih is quite interesting because it’s not the lowest calorie choice in the other types of base.
For the Skinny salad in the middle of any Skinny Pizza, add 25 calories (103kj).
Again, these are currently on hiatus, but Zizzi do say that if something you love is missing on the pared back menu, let them know- so, if you’re a Skinny fan, make sure they know you want the choice back.
Lowest Calorie Calzone at Zizzi
Well, I don’t think it’ll come as much of a surprise that the indulgent folded pizza, Calzone doesn’t come in anywhere near 600 calories. In fact, the closest to it is 1066 calories (4478kj) for the Calzone Carne Piccante.
Lowest Calorie Pasta at Zizzi
Normally, the pasta choices are Zizzi tip toward the higher calorie side of the menu, but right now, the Pasta section of the Zizzi menu has the best number of options under 600 calories.
The lowest of which is one of my favourites, the Ravioli Di Capra at 494 calories (2063 kj). This might suprise you at first glance as words like pesto and pine nuts don’t usually say low calorie, but that’s why these guides are so useful!
You’ll find the other lower-calorie pasta choices on our at a glance list below… and yes, you can have the Bolognaise.
Lowest Calorie Risotto at Zizzi
There are only three Risottos on the Menu at Zizzi UK and despite their delicious creamy, indulgent taste they all come in under 600 calories, yay!
The absolute lowest one those is the mushroom-packed Risotto Funghi at 439 calories (1847kj).
Before you get too excited though – they’re not on the special cut back menu either (this is getting a bit depressing isn’t it!)
Lowest Calorie Vegan Dish at Zizzi
The lowest calorie Vegan option on the Zizzi menu is the Vegan Beetballs Polpette at 235 calories (985kj) which I believe is a starter.
Therefore, the lowest calorie, main meal is the Vegan Spaghetti Pomodoro at 553 calories (2319kj).
Lowest Calorie Gluten Free Choice
Zizzi have a great gluten free menu and we’re pleased to see that even on the pared back menu there are loads of choices for those who can’t eat gluten, or who are choosing not to.
Of these, the current lowest calorie main dish option is the Non-Gluten Pomodoro Pasta at 535 calories.
Lowest Calorie Sides at Zizzi
The lowest calorie side at Zizzi UK is the Green Beans at just 15 calories (61kj), a great way to get one of your 5 a day for very few extra calories.
Lowest Calorie Salads
I’ve always really enjoyed the Salads at Zizzi UK, they’re filling and tasty but well balanced and lower in calories than many other options on the menu. The lowest calorie option here is normally the Chicken and Prosciutto Salad at 333 calories (1389kj).
Right now there are three main salads on the menu, but none of their calories are listed on the latest version of Zizzi nutritional information which makes it a bit tricky to gauge (dressings can totally throw things out) but I can tell you than if you filter their menu for under 600 calories – only The Zucca remains.
Lowest Calorie Dessert
If you wanted something sweet and low calorie, you’d probably be best off looking in the next section, Gelato, however you can find a few lower calorie options in this section. The lowest of which is the Ruby Plum and Amaretti Crumble at 328 calories (1388kj).
Lowest Calorie Gelato
All of the options here are low in calorie. And you can have 1 scoop of any of the Gelato on the menu for under 116 calories, brilliant! The lowest calorie is the Lemon Sorbet at 49 calories (206kj) per 1 scoop. For those calories you could probably stretch to 2 scoops! A wonderful sweet treat to end a meal.
Zizzi Calories at a Glance
This is the full list of dishes under 600 calories on the normal Zizzi menu. If a dish is still available on the pared down menu (on the day we write this), we’ve put it in italics so you can easily spot it.
Main Meals under 400 calories
Spiedini Pollo with sauce with sides – 316 calories (1165kj)
Chicken and Prosciutto Salad – 333 calories (1389kj)
Main Meals under 500 calories
Skinny Gamberone and Chorizo (Pizza Only) – 416 calories (1753kj)
Skinny Margherita (Pizza Only) – 431 calories (1817kj)
Seabass without Sauce – 432 calories (1796kj)
Risotto Funghi – 439 calories (1847kj)
Skinny Jackfruit Italian (Pizza Only) – 445 calories (1874kj)
Skinny Pinoli (Pizza Only) – 492 calories (2068kj)
Ravioli Di Capra – 494 calories (2063kj)
King Prawn Linguine – 498 calories (2083kj)
Main Meals under 600 calories
Spaghetti Bolognese – 508 calories (2124kj)
Risotto Pesce – 520 calories (2184kj)
Seabass with Sauce – 534 calories (2226kj)
Non-Gluten Pomodoro Pasta – 535 calories (2230kj)
Pollo Prosciutto with sides – 537 calories (2257kj)
Risotto Pollo Funghi – 537 calories (2257kj)
Skinny Pepperoni Campagna (pizza only) – 541 calories (2274kj)
Spaghetti Pomodoro – 551 calories (2303kj)
Super Zucca Salad – 572 calories (2505kj)
Pan Seared Salmon with sauce – 585 calories (2434kj)
So, there is everything you need to know about eating at Zizzi UK. Okay, so it’s not the post we exactly planned to write, but hey what’s normal anywhere right now? We will keep checking in with the Zizzi menu though and hopefully they’ll be back on form and full of even more fantastic choices again soon. Let us know in the comments if one of your low-calorie favourites comes back.