The have eaten here with friends for a birthday party and now for Mothers day I chose Zia Marie! The atmosphere was perfect for both. The Shrimp Fra Diavlo is the best I've had since being in Italy, with a perfect blend of peppers in the tomato sauce. The stuffed eggplant was delectable and enough for two if you'd be willing to share!! The service was warm, relaxing, and made you feel welcome to be there. My kids loved it too! It will be my birthday selection next year as long as I'm here to enjoy it!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had never been to Zia Marie before, but several friends had been. I took my friend there for her birthday because she likes Italian food. We both loved our meals, and our server was the best I have ever had anywhere.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to eat
Been eating here for years the food has always been good and consistent
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found it quite delightful! Must try the Tiramisu !!
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very small restaurant that is a locals hangout where you will see a lot of the same people. If you go, go early or make a reservation. You will not be disappointed by the food!!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time experience
We came to dinner with two friends. We were placed by the window, in the rear. Noise level was tolerable, though I would have wished a little quieter. Chairs were too hard. Service was marvelous, and the food very good. One of us got the pasta special, and it was a little sparse of the eggplant.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fiirst time but not last time
As stated we were pleased with menu and food preparation.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice neighborhood restaurant in VA
Zia Marie's was a great little restaurant. We had a difficult time finding good quality, casual dining restaurants in VA Beach, and happened into Zia Marie's just hoping it wouldn't be "too fancy" at 8:30 in the evening for a beach wary family with a 3-year old.
This would've been just as appropriate for a nice dinner date as it was for our well-behaved toddler. The food was very good, the service was friendly, and portions were very filling. We would recommend it again.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable, as always
When dining this past Saturday night, my wife ventured slightly outside her comfort zone and on the recommendation of our server Victoria ordered the Stuffed Eggplant. What a delight! My linguine w/ red clam sauce was excellent as usual. The soup on the night was large bowl on lobster bisque with large chunks of lobster and was very enjoyable. A nice addition to the menu is the Caesar salad. For years it was an item I missed at this Italian restaurant. I still would like to see a fresh fish on the menu. A neighborhood gem!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food in Hampton Roads
The quality of the food is beyond reproach. With five-star service and an excellent food selection, Zia Marie is a must visit. You will be hooked after one meal. I can't wait to go back.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service a little slow great
Service a little slow great portion size not rushed to eat and leave :-)
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find, nestled behind
Great find, nestled behind residential neighborhood. Sunday Night with several large groups, staff was overloaded but cheefully coped making the overall dining experience very good to outstanding.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was great. Reservations were easy to be made online. Noise level is a bit high, however.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I used to go here all the
I used to go here all the time but moved out of this little beach neighborhood about 10 years ago. I was excited to visit again. It was the same which is a great thing. Menu listed on the chalkboard but specials came in a laminated menu form. Different. Classic Italian dishes. Good wine list and nice offerings by the glass too. Lettuce for salads was fresh and GREEN. I have gotten away from Romain at restaurants finding it is usually somewhat yellow. This was amazingly fresh and green. My only problem is that the Caesar salad was huge and the server should have recommended that the 3 young ladies each getting a salad to start possibly split one. Food was very good - not necessarily great. I would definitely go again.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found Zia through TripAdvisor. Food good, good portions and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back. And away from the crowds of the waterfront !
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zia Marie is a fantastic restaurant. It is a little out-of-the-way if you are staying on the Atlantic Beach side of Virginia Beach but it merits the drive. The food is reminiscent of the Southern Italian food I ate growing-up ... but much better prepared. (My heart skipped a beat when I heard one of the waitresses talk about the "mun-sa-rell"). The portions are generously sized ... To big if you're planning on dessert. Nice wine list.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. Don't go if you are in a hurry - service was very good but slow.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and overall
Wonderful food and overall good service, but very warm inside and can get uncomfortable when crowded. Not sure if air conditioning was not working both times we were there, but wait staff made no mention of this and did not seem to mind.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant, not a "tourist
Great restaurant, not a "tourist spot", family feel, excellent food, friendly servers - could go on and on! Best pizza this side of the Jersey border!! Go to Zia's often, year round, but this is the first time we booked through Open Table!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did not disappoint!
Definitely recommend that you use Open Table to make reservation, when we got there the Restaurant was packed with no seat vacant. Glad we did! Went there for dinner with our college student, EXCELLENT food, servers were attentive and the owner came around and made sure we felt as we were his special guest. Did I mention the food was excellent? Everybody enjoyed the wine, the Goat Cheese appetizer and their entrees. Although we were all so full, we ordered dessert to share, we couldn't resist the Tiramisu, glad we did!!
Quite a Virginia Beach Gem we have here. A restaurant worth visiting at least once, we plan to go back!!!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and atmosphere.
Wonderful food and atmosphere. A real neighborhood find. Get there early--we had a reservation and still had to wait a while for a table to open up. This place is very popular.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My spinach and ricotta stuffed eggplant was so delicious and my husband enjoyed the chicken parmesan. Service was good, but the food is what we'll come back for! We recommend for anyone looking for good authentic Italian food.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rich, traditional Italian food
Friendly staff. Good vibe. Food is yummy, if a bit overwhelming. Nice treat restaurant without being overblown or fussy.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zia Marie is one of our favorite
Zia Marie is one of our favorite restaurants at the Beach. Although extremely crowded on a Friday night, the service was outstanding and the food was equally good! I had the chicken marsala and my wife had the eggplant parmesean; both were outstnading and as usual, we had enough to take home for another meal.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
finest Italian cuisine in va beach
being Italian myself I absolutely love this restaurant and it's authenticity! not to mention they have one of the BEST cannoli's around!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place To Dine!
Love this restaurant, I have only been here twice but will continue to go back. GREAT FOOD!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good time had by all
Food was fantastic, we liked the look of the place, and the reservation made that day through open table worked great. We were seated right on time. My only complaint is that the noise level was extremely high making it difficult to talk without shouting. I think the service could have been better but they were very busy.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply The best
Portabella Mushroom appetizer, and Veal and creamed spinach for the entre was indescribably delicious. Appetizer and Meal so generous we split the entrée and appetizer. Great atmosphere and accommodating staff. It is a true "Gem" of a place to enjoy a romantic meal.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food closeby
Been here before where the food is consistently excellent. Hot food is hot; salads crisp and tasty. Restaurant is kid-friendly with a wide variety of selections.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good times, good food & good service.....the eggplant parmesan was out of this world. The waitress's went beyond helpful and accommodating.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meals enjoyd by all.
Everyone in my party was very pleased with this dining experience.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was told this was a wonderful place for Italian food and Zia Marie didn't disappoint. The roasted garlic and goat cheese appetizer was terrific. Had the linguine with red clam sauce and I don't think I put my fork down once! I would definitely recommend going to this neighborhood gem if you want terrific Italian food.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food not much ambiance.
We enjoy the food and wine but have a problem hearing and conversation has to be loud. We will go once a month and wish it could be more. Some friends will not join us as it is too loud for them.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good casual dining
The food is always consistent. Excellent selection of various types of Italian dishes. Highly recommend the mozzarella and roaster peppers appetizer. It's definitely big enough to share. I've had both their pasta dishes and veal dishes at various times and all artery good. The restaurant is a local spot with excellent food and service.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It can be noisy and its not plush but the food is really good
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleased From the Jersey Shore
We were in Virginia Beach for a long weekend for a wedding. Our anniversary was the day before the wedding and my husband wanted Italian so we asked the bride n groom to be to recommend a restaurant. We really enjoyed the appetizer roasted peppers, mozzarella on Italian bread(very generous portion) My husband had ravioli , I had veal marsala n pasta, both very good. I also had a expresso martini was well made. The waitress was very friendly and service excellent. We had a 6pm reservation and was quiet for awhile but got very busy and noisy. We enjoyed our dining experience and on future visits we will be back .
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family has been coming
My family has been coming for years; we have never been disappointed…
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very small cozy setting with delicious food. Felt as if the server was rushing us a bit, but would definitely return
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good and predictable food. Great Italian favorites. Wonderful desserts!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great experience at Zia Marie! The food was excellent, service was fast, and ambience was pleasant. I would highly recommend this restaurant for quality Italian food.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great on them
staff was very friendly and the host kept our booth open even though I was running a good 20 mins late for the reservation. Food was amazing, and the appetizers were awesome and unique. the atmosphere was very friendly, not just the staff but including everyone that were dinning there.
I would prefer bigger wine glasses over the smaller ones, To give it that more Romantic feel. Also if you're there after 7 parking is a nightmare.
Zia marie is one of the best dinning experiences I have had living in va beach for over 5 years. It's truly a gem in the chicks beach area.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Groups!
We had a large group of friends celebrating a birthday. Zia Marie's was wonderfully accommodating and we didn't feel rushed at all. Our waitress was very helpful with menu selections. The restaurant was cozy and our food was delicious. We will definitely return!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Down to Earth and Solid
Reasonable prices, well prepared and tasty fare, high energy atmosphere and friendly staff make this a restaurant well worth visiting. Even though our server would vanish for extended stretches and the bread was commercial and bland, eating at Zia's was a fun experience.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
best kept secreat!!
Some of the best pasta in the area, the vodka sause is to die for!!! I travel 30 mins just for that sause!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you love Italian
I love Zia Marie for the ambience. The lighting is dim and the menu is on chalkboards. If you love Italian it is one of the best in the area. Great date night spot or place to meet with friends. This is the second time we have been this month with groups of friends and everyone left happy and full. :)
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambiance! Wait was very
Great ambiance! Wait was very minimal. Price reasonable for the quality of service and taste. Chalk board menu, unique.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Date Night Dining
I'm going back tomorrow night in hopes that the Corvina is an option for the 1/2 price wine night. It was the perfect introduction and accompaniment to our meal. We get the same thing every time because we have cravings. Goat cheese appetizer, NY Strip for Husband, Stuffed Eggplant for me. Were greeted by the infamous Victoria who grabbed my coat and made me feel like I was a guest in her home. Ali was as usual a wonderful server. The fire was roaring. Enjoyed a wonderful conversation with my husband and saw some friends too. Just fantastic from start to finish.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really wonderful Italian food,
Really wonderful Italian food, service is fantastic and ambiance can be romantic or casual. Wonderful to have such a terrific restaurant within walking distance.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's hard to find something negative to say about this place. The mood of the dining room was comforting, as it was easy to tell everyone was enjoying their experience. The food was plentiful and delicious from start to finish. Absolutely will return.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is a small local restaurant.
It is a small local restaurant. Menu is on a chalk board and has extra special on the weekends. Casual nothing fancy but great food. Their pizzas are great but not on the menu you just need to ask.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM