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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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Diner Reviews
  • "The food as always was fantastic. Everyone at the table raved about the chicken parmigiana. The scallops and risotto were were also terrific. It was nice that Rick the owner remembered us from our last visit and went out of his way to make us feel welcome."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great experience from beginning to end. Food and service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Z-Cucina is the restaurant my wife and I always visit for our special occasions. You're always treated well, service is great, and the food is excellent. The price is more than reasonable for the experience you're receiving. We're already looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Stopped in for the Monday Meatball and Spaghetti 3 course special - salad, spaghetti and meatballs and cannoli. It was a hit! With choice of salad - each one more delicious than the next and cannoli for dessert - What a Deal!!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is a fantastic restaurant!! Great food. Friendly staff. Great drinks."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were on our way to Columbus from Cleveland for a concert. When heavy rain slowed us down, we spoke with Rick, who was happy to accommodate a change to our reservation, and happily took our order over the phone. When we arrived, the restaurant was packed, but we were immediately seated, and were served our first two courses. The food was excellent, and they made sure we were out in under an hour so we could make it to our concert. We especially enjoyed the patio seating. So pleased with everything. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have dined at "Z" numerous times over the years ... never served a bad plate. This place has it all. Service ... great chef ... hands-on- management ... stiff drinks. Neighborhood folks or first timers ... doesn't matter ... you will be welcome!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our plans changed for Friday night, so we thought lets find a Restaurant Week restaurant that had OpenTable reservations for 7ish and easy parking. Z Cucina fit the bill on all 3 criteria! Valet Parking is greatly appreciated on busy Grandview Avenue, especially on a Friday night. Since I was walking with a cane due to a leg injury, front door drop off was wonderful! The 3 course meal selections were innovative yet comforting. The goat cheese was delicious as a starter. The salad course was tasty with watermelon and feta cheese over the greens. I had the halibut, which was cooked perfectly and served over a tasty risotto. My dining partner had the veal t-bone. Wow! What a dish. Wish could have gone back and ordered it! Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Another great dinner at Zs. Rick is always a gracious host -- greeting and discussing the menu with us. We had the cheese board for our starter. Very good. Followed by the Caesar and Roasted Red Pepper Carpaccio. For our main course, I had the Pistachio Crusted Scallops and my wife had the Naturally Raised Chicken Parmigiana. I can say the Scallop dish was excellent. Great presentation, very good taste. Highly recommend Zs."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a group of six and we all loved the food and service! Rick is a marvelous owner/host. He always makes his guests feel welcome and well cared for. A great place to dine with a group!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Z Cucina remains one of our top favorite restaurants in Columbus. Our last visit we had the special treat of having Hawaiian Opah, a very tender and firm white fish, served with a scrumptious risotto and a pea puree-a beautiful dish to the eyes and a taste treat to the palate. My partner had the Cioppino, also full of fabulous flavor. We had their famous risotto balls as an appetizer, and a salume appetizer with delicately sliced variety of meat flavors. The outside patio was just wonderful for this delightful summer's eve. Service is always attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've previously dined at Z Cucina, but my wife had not and we had a friend in from out of town. I wanted a moderate to quiet place with great food that wasn't a chain. Z Cucina fit that bill to a T! Our wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and willing to make recommendations. The gluten friendly options are perfect. Our dinner never felt rushed nor did out wait staff ever feel like he was hovering. We enjoyed a leisurely pace of the meal. The ricotta and mozzarella cheeses as well as the sausages are all made in-house, giving a great fresh difference to this restaurant versus others. We dined on the recently opened covered patio that leant itself nicely to what we wanted."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Outstanding food selection and service. Fantastic location w parking or valet. One of our favorites"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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