A branch of Zizzi has unwittingly found itself thrust into the national spotlight following an investigation into a suspected assassination attempt on a former Russian spy and his daughter.
A huge police operation is underway to establish who tried to murder Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia after they were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday. Reports this morning claimed they were poisoned with a nerve agent as they remained critically ill in hospital.
Earlier in the same evening the pair had been out together at a pub and then visited Zizzi’s outlet in Salisbury.
Newspapers this morning carried quotes from a “chef” at the branch, who suggested that Mr Skripal was agitated during his time in the restaurant and had got angry after being made to wait 20 minutes for his food. “He was waving his hands and banging the table. She barely said a word,” the chef claimed.
According to the Metro, the chef insisted no poison could have been delivered in the couple’s meal of seafood risotto. “It definitely wasn’t in the food. No one came up to their table during the meal.”
Another witness, who had been eating near the couple, supported the claim. “They weren’t poisoned at Zizzi. I saw the chef prepare the food. No one could have sneaked in and added anything to his food there, the kitchen is open. The drinks are made at the bar, which is by the door, but I think it is unlikely. No one could get near to him.”
The restaurant was among locations still sealed off by police yesterday.