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Z Cucina di spirito
Z Cucina di spirito

Z Cucina di spirito Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zcucina.com
  • Phone: (614) 486-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jamie George
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Z Cucina runs a daily catering operation to business's throughout the Columbus Metropolitan area. We are equally adept at catering weddings, special events or "formal" affairs. Z Cucina's catering staff can create a special menu just for you & your guests. Arrangements can also be made to provide chaffing dishes, cutlery, linens, tables & chairs as well as staff. Check out our website for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Z Cucina offers two areas for private dining Monday through Thursday. The first is an elegant semi-private space accommodating 10 to 16 guests while the second option is a temperature controlled patio setting suitable for 20 to 45 guests. Larger groups seeking private functions can be accommodated for lunch or on Sundays.
  • Private Party Contact: Rick Ziliak (614) 486-9200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is offered Thursday through Saturday.
A word from Z Cucina di spirito
Opening in the Fall of 2005, Z Cucina topped the list of new restaurants according to Columbus Monthly Magazine. Described as "unobtrusively chic", Z Cucina is a blend of traditional & modern Italian cuisine that also moves with ease into the realm of Mediterranean flavors. With an International Wine List married to the chef's cuisine, Z Cucina offers the rare experience of distinctive dining in a neighborhood setting.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great but it was an odd experiance. The server was inexperianced, made odd comments and cleared plates glasses a little to often it was ofensive. At one point i bearly put a wine glass down and she snached it up, I think these was still wine in it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The service from the minute you walk in makes it clear you're in for a wonderful dining experience. Rick and his staff are great. The seasonal cocktail menu always offers great options and I'm a big fan of the local beers and other craft beers they have on draft. When it comes to appetziers, the Parmesan Risotto Fritters are a MUST!! I got them the first time I went to Z and have ordered them as an appetzier every single time since! The homemade pastas are always delicious (try the sausages tortelloni), the seafood is always fresh and the beef is always cooked perfect. I've never had a bad meal at Z. The recently renovated patio is another huge plus! It's worth waiting a few extra minutes and having a drink at the bar for a table outside!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We recently dined at Z Cucina for the first time, but it certainly won't be our last time. We happened to go on a Dine Originals First Wednesday of the month night. The chef prepares a special meal at a special price on these evenings. It was hard to choose between the regular menu and the dinner special but we went with the special. It was very good. There is lovely outdoor seating. Our waitress was very attentive, the owner stopped by our table to make sure everything was good. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Always warm and accommodating. The owner makes you feel like you are the most important customer he has. The food is excellent and consistent. Whether my wife and I are out for a date, or the kids are along, we have a great time. The chef has occasional surprises, and does a great job with the house made salumi. The bartender Tony knows wine, and never steers us wrong. It is the restaurant where we feel at home."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We've had many delicious meals at Z in the past, so we decided to give them the ultimate test and try their spaghetti and meatballs. I am pleased to report they were the best meatballs I've had (in a restaurant)...tender, flavorful, very nicely spiced. It's hard to please Italian-Americans (and their lucky spouses) with anything but homemade spaghetti and meatballs. We were happily surprised to discover "Meatball Mondays" at Z; delicious and you don't have to do the dishes! Owner Rick was on hand, as always, to enhance our evening."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A lovely place for dinner. We started out with the bruschetta and it wasn't what we were expecting but man was it tasty. The bread is topped with a savory sweet homemade "jam". I am a sucker for pasta and the lasagna and ravioli were fantastic. The ravioli comes plated atop a pesto olive oil mix that was simply indulgent. As far as atmosphere is was rather lovely. We ate on the patio and once the sun had gone down a bit the staff open the curtains and it really made the difference. We finished the night with the dessert platter which you just can't beat for the price. I would say the coffee mousse was the best of the three desserts. As a 20-year-old I did however feel a bit out of place regardless I know I'll be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Both the food and service were excellent. Great ambiance - quiet but not too quiet. Table was ready at reservation time. Food has been excellent here for a long time. Will definitely return again soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Z Cucina tonight and had one of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. The food was excellent, service outstanding, and the owner, Rick, goes the extra mile to ensure you have a wonderful experience. We sat outside on their patio which is a great venue for a summer dinner. I highly recommend you try Z Cucina... you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went here on a date and the food was out of this world. The goat cheese and sundried tomato ravioli was one of the best dishes I've ever had!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We found Z Cucina to be a wonderful dining experience. The food was exceptional and we would recommend anyone to eat there. The server was a little air headed but pleasant and attentive. The outdoor patio was nice and the only issue was the parking lot traffic next to the patio but the restaurant has done a fairly good job of creating a block with bushes. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a wonderful bottle of Malbec. The caesar salad and the beet salad were both excellent. My halibut entree was outstanding! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wonderful service- friendly but not overly talkative- knew when to provide privacy. Great food- from the appetizer to desert- we were no displeased with one piece. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent evening with another couple - warm so large windows to street open, giving feel of European café. Service was excellent"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "the owner was there and seemed to really care about the place but the food was just not very good"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My mother in-law likes to try places that are new. I found this restaurant and booked a reservation for 5, they even called to confirm the day of which was awesome. The service was awesome, in every aspect. The atmosphere was very nice and made a great place to connect with those who I was with. Im not a foodie, however I would say my Wife's family are. With that said, I liked the food and they enjoyed it but it wasn't anything that was memorable. I am giving it a positive review because I really liked it, people are the event for me and they made it so easy to enjoy those I was with. Thanks for the great experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our group of six really enjoyed the food, beverages, and service we received at Z Cucina. Our server was attentive, kept our beverages refreshed and ensured that we had a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The owner greeted us at our table and asked whether or not this was a special occassion. We informed him that we had a curtain to make so he ensured that everything ran smoothly so that we had plenty of time to enjoy our salads, entrees and desserts without feeling rushed. We all will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We keep returning for special dinners as well as fun nights out with friends. Always innovative menu items, great wines and impeccable service! The owner checks up on everything so you always feel special. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My entire family enjoyed the experience. The food was amazing (chicken pasta for Mom, vegan ravioli for me, my brother enjoyed the ribs...he went silent while he savored each bite). The wine was superb (cote du rhone, smooth as silk). I really like the renovations to the outdoor dining that have taken place to date....I look forward to when its finished."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were there for Mother's Day. Our party of six ranging from 11 to 80 was seated quickly. The server was attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent. I had the duck which was cooked perfectly & beautifully displayed. The only negative was the noise made conversations difficult. Part of the problem was just that crowd for the Mother's Day holiday. The other part was the basketball game on the TV in the bar area. Some of the fans insisted on demonstrating their support for the team(s) loudly. We expect this when we go to a sports bar. I wish restaurants that are trying to have a more upscale venue in the dining room would get rid of the TV's and look to more sound muffling designs so that guest can enjoy dinner & conversation."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a great time on Sunday for Mother's Day. There were gluten free options as well as vegetarian options on the menu. Great wine, great service and an excellent dinner. Definitely a spot we'll come back to soon. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times in groups of 4 or 5 so I have sampled a number of different entrees. Each has been very good to outstanding. This place is great. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "In the 8 years Z has been open, we have observed it mature from a nice local restaurant to Best in Class! Rick has continued to refine the quality of ingredients, the diversity of the menu and the ambience to the point that Z is now a regional gem, capable of comparison to restaurants in much larger cities. We had a vegan ravioli and a grilled salmon with a tomato risotto (Mother's Day specials) that were fresh, uniquely flavored and delicious. Staying in the restaurant business for 8 years is quite an accomplishment, attaining excellence, particularly in a city with as many great places to eat as Columbus is truly notable."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner prior to the symphony. The pasta portions were just right and not overwhelming. Food tasted wonderful and the chocolate pots de crème were exquisite. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We live rather far away from Z Cucina so regard it as a special occasion destination. The food is great and I get a perfect Negroni from the bar. We like the chef's imaginative way with veggies."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was my first time going here but I'll most definitely be back. The food was great along with the service. I wish I had brought enough to leave a bigger tip. Amazing restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was my second time eating at Z Cucina, I had a friend in from out of town so we had a mini reunion there. Arrived early and had cocktails at the bar before we were seated. Service was very good, friendly, not overbearing like some other places in town. The food was good all around, everyone had a great meal. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for consistently good food and service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "If you don't eat here, you are missing one of Columbus' best restaurants. The food is unique and delicious. The staff is friendly and attentive. Don't miss this "gem.""
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Group of nine had a wonderful time. Good food, good friends, good wine! New menu is great. Slight misstep with the vegetarian offering- a few noted too much salt. Everything else was great!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "As usual the food and service was spectacular. We arrived for the debut of the new spring menu and it was fantastic. The sweet pea gnocchi was a stunning dish."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Z Cucina is on our rotation of great restaurants in Columbus. This restaurant never fails to impress us. The menu changes just enough to keep it interesting, without dropping the favorites. We had an impressive cheese platter for an appetizer, that included olives red peppers, and parmesan cheese crisps. Perfect, with our wine. Our duck dish was the best I have tasted anywhere. Desert was two flavors of gelato, house made! and a chocolate peanut butter delicacy. Loved everything!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. We had a window table overlooking Grandview Avenue. We happened to be there for spaghetti and meatball Monday, which included a choice of one of their salads and cannoli's for desert. This special was reasonably priced and very good. The wine list also has a nice selection of wines at all price levels."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Z Cucina di spirit is a great place for cocktails, dinner and conversation. The food is fantastic. Servers are attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Scallops prepared to perfection, with a delicious crab-topped risotto. Chicken parmigiana was a large serving and a hit. Waiter suggested a wine that paired nicely with four different meals. We mentioned that we were headed downtown to a show, but we were served efficiently, and not rushed. We did see a family with young children, but I think because of the prices and atmosphere, this is more of an adult venue."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great ambience, even better food. Our waiter was new but was still pleasant and knowledgeable. We had reservations and had to wait an extra 15 minutes, but the manager was very apologetic and we didn't really mind since the ambience is fun. Our food came out in a very timely manner and everything was delicious. We stayed at our table to finish our wine after the bill came and our server politely kept refilling our water glasses and never made it seem like he wanted us to rush out. It was a great Saturday evening spot for a romantic double date with our friends. I look forward to returning to Z Cucina for more dinner dates!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Dined there with our daughter during our visit to Ohio State. A great meal; fun and lively experience. Great place for parents to take their co-eds for a break from on-campus dining!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The service here was great. The staff were friendly. The food was good. Overall, we had a good experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Porchetta was excellent. Unfortunately they were already out of the scallops which my wife was really looking forward to. Service was good and the free valet parking was a nice touch. Won't hesitate to recommend to our friends"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Good food, but far too noisy for our liking. Overpriced. Make your reservation well in advance or you will end up street side in a room with space heaters. Inside the main area looked more appealing but tables were too close together. I did not like having to confirm my reservwith a credit card."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went Z Cucina for his 21st and it was excellent! The valet was impressive. We received our food within 10 minutes of sitting down. The whole experience was just pleasant. I definitely recommend the restaurant to any one."
    Dined on 2/15/2014