NileGuide Expert Says:
Time Out Food and Drink Award’s Best New Restaurant (2008)
Harbiye Mh., Atiye Sk No:7, Istanbul, Türkiye
(0212) 231 8781
NileGuide Expert tip:
Wine: Signum (from the special wines list); Pizza: Auckland or Monte Carlo; Dessert: Principessa Maya (chocolate calzone pizza)
Located near the Abdi Ipekci Street and inside the corner of the Reasurans Passage, Zazie offers an atmosphere radically different from the general "high-heeled, Madison Avenue" aura of the Abdi Ipekci itself. Owned a popular Turkish actor Cemal Hunal, who has recently won fame with Turkish director Cagan Irmak's movie called "Issiz Adam" (a.k.a "No Man is an Island" type of movie and character) and his family, Zazie does carry a sniff of snobbish and high-end, casual people's bar and restaurant. The interior decoration and design, which has been done by Vicki Hunal, matches this aura as well. Everything is of very high quality here. The tomato soup tastes like tomato and mystifies the appetites of the neighbouring tables, the pizzas are impressive, large and delicious, the salad menu is very rich and so are the amount of ingredients used to make them, the wine list is adequate including a list of 'special' wines as well. The thin crust pizza, made using famous pizza guru Guagneli Gianluca's guidance
is a must-try. The place is dim-lit, yet cozy; the waiters are friendly, but also a bit amateurish -service could get frustrating at times of extreme crowd. The place carries the essence of a 'friend's' place.