Now high street restaurant chains are cashing in on the frenzy for Christmas menus | Daily Mail

By November 18, 2019Restaurant

Now high street restaurant chains are cashing in on the frenzy for Christmas menus – with eateries such as Pizza Express and Zizzi offering everything from festive burgers to turkey dinner lasagne

  • Zizzi, Pizza Express and Bella Italia are all releasing festive menus this year,
  • Burger chains such as Shake Shack, Bills and Giraffe getting in on the action too 
  • Bella Italia’s menu features a Christmas dinner pizza and Christmas lasagne
  • Zizzi are launching a ‘snowball’ pizza with a whole mozzarella ball on the top  

Christmas sandwiches have landed on supermarket shelves and festive cups have swept coffee shops across the country. 

But this year, high street restaurant chains are eager to cash in on the frenzy for festive food with many launching dedicated  Christmas menus for the first time this year. 

Zizzi, Pizza Express and Bella Italia are all releasing festive menus this year, with burger chains such as Shake Shack, Bills and Giraffe getting in on the action too.

So where can you try an alternative take on some festive favourites? Femail reveals all… 

BELLA ITALIA’S CHRISTMAS MENU

High street favourite Bella Italia are launching a Christmas set menu, with two courses for £17.99 or three for £19.99. Their Lasagne and pizza includes turkey, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce. 

Starters

Bruschetta Funghi Chestnut mushrooms in a mascarpone & porcini sauce on toasted ciabatta

Pumpkin & Pancetta Arancini Crispy risotto rice balls filled with pumpkin, pancetta & mozzarella and served with a roasted red pepper dip

Lasagne Festiva Layers of fresh egg pasta, pulled turkey confit, pigs in blankets, pancetta, mozzarella, cranberry sauce, caramelised onion and parmesan in a sage béchamel sauce

Chicken, Cranberry & Pancetta Terrine Served with toasted ciabatta and cranberry & redcurrant chutney

Roast Parsnip & Chestnut Soup Drizzled with truffle oil and served with toasted ciabatta bread Prawn Cocktail Atlantic prawns served in a classic cocktail sauce with baby vine tomatoes, gem lettuce and toasted ciabatta bread

Mains

Tacchino Paupiette Turkey with sage & onion stuffing, roast vegetables, roast new potatoes and pigs in blankets with a Chianti & thyme jus

Pollo Saltimbocca Chicken breast with Parma ham, roast new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and marsala sauce

Carbonara Tagliatelle Fresh egg tagliatelle in a traditional creamy carbonara sauce with crispy pancetta and leeks

Tagliatelle Capra Fresh egg tagliatelle in a pomodoro & peperonata sauce topped with crumbled goat’s cheese, toasted pine nuts and rocket

Bolognese Spaghetti served with our own slow-cooked beef ragù

Pizza Festiva Pizza with pulled turkey confit, pigs in blankets, red onions, pancetta, mozzarella and sage on a cranberry and tomato base 10oz

Lasagne Festiva Layers of fresh egg pasta, pulled turkey confit, pigs in blankets, pancetta, mozzarella, cranberry sauce, caramelised onion and parmesan in a sage béchamel sauce

Pizza Festiva Pizza with pulled turkey confit, pigs in blankets, red onions, pancetta, mozzarella and sage on a cranberry and tomato base 10oz†

Sirloin Steak (add £3) Served with sautéed mushrooms, rocket and your choice of fries or mixed salad

Desserts

Chocolate Brownie Warm chocolate brownie, with white chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate marshmallow sauce, malted chocolate balls and honeycomb pieces, served with vanilla gelato Morello Cherry Cheesecake Rich and creamy cheesecake topped with morello cherry compote and finished with meringue pieces Spiced Fruit Crumble Apple, winter berries and cinnamon oat crumble. Served with gelato Stem Ginger and Date Pudding Served with vanilla gelato

Source: Here are Christmas menus from Zizzi, Bella Italia and Pizza Express