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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
  • Email: info@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 x

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "For our annual Valentine dinner we book a different restaurant each year. This year we chose Z Cucina and had one of the best experiences in years. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and service was very good. The food was outstanding, with the house made pasta dishes good enough to make you want to slap your mama. We stayed late and were one of the last groups to leave the restaurant, however at no time did the staff or anyone try to rush us. All in all a very wonderful evening. Will definitely be going back and before next Valentine Day."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was incredible! The entire dining experience was awesome and I will certainly be going back again. The food was amazing! We shared two appetizers, the risotto balls and calamari, and one entree, the gnocchi with goat cheese. It was plenty food for two people. And as a finale to this wonderful meal, we shared the peanut butter pie. The evening's food choice could not have been more complete. Hats off to everyone working here!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful Valentines Dinner just last week. Our Server Doug was AMAZING, the entire resturaunt was busy, but Doug went out of his way to make the night special for us. I wish every server was more like him. I do not live in the area but will be sure to go there when I am in town again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was incredible, & plenty of it too. You know the food is good when you reheat the leftovers the next day & they were just a good as the night before."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Despite being busier than usual Rick and Z were able to sustain their high standards for food quality and friendly wait staff throughout our evening there. We've eaten at most of the nice restaurants in Columbus, and this remains our favorite for quality, service and value. Grat for entertaining family, friends or associates, or for just a nice evening alone together."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I really liked how they went with a local flavor on the menu. It was really loud inside the restaurant and they sat WAY too many people that evening. I understand it was Valentine's Day, but for the price thought they should not have crammed so many people into the restaurant - it really felt like a cattle call."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Z Cucina took my wife there for Valentines Day 2014. Complimentary valet parking definitely a plus. We had reservations and were seated right away. The first thing both my wife and noticed was how cramped we were and how many tables were crammed into a small area. It was loud and lively. Too loud for my taste for a special occasion or in this case a romantic dinner with my wife and too cramped. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was good but not wow. It was very busy so it is obviously very popular. Would we go back? Probably will not as there are just too many choices in Columbus and other places would like to try. for a sp"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Friday night, a snow storm and Valentine's Day, oh my! Z Cucina was ready! Arriving on time, our table was ready. After ordering, bread and wine was soon available and our salad/soup (beet/crab bisque) followed within minutes. Entrees were promptly served and looked wonderful! We had chosen the Tuna and the Duck. Very sensible portions, satisfying without being oversized. Considering that the room was packed to the max, the service was excellent, and the noise level was surprisingly moderate allowing for lovely conversation. We have dined here several times, and Z Cucina is certainly on our list of favorite places."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I normally do not do reviews. Everything about the place was excellent. When we pulled up, the complimentary valet came right out. With our reservation, we were immediately seated and our waiter came right out. I ordered A drink...it wasn't what I expected but it was still good. The waiter insisted I get what I wanted with no hassle. The food was delicious and fresh. Hands down for the price, the service, and quality of food, I will be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wednesday's are wonderful at Z's. We celebrated my husband's birthday & throughout enjoyed the Wednesday night 3- course menu Offered with optional wine pairings. The food was creative. & delicious. The wine pairings perfect choices. As always, the service could not have been improved upon."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We were seated in the area that would be their outdoor seating in the summer. They have it enclosed for the winter with heaters on the wall. If you are close to the heaters then it is warm. Otherwise it gets chilly... the floor is very cold and the ladies in our group complained their feet were always cold. For the people seated next to the outside wall there was cold air leaking in. Overall it was not comfortable. From a food perspective it was a mixed review. My wife order the eggplant. It came under cooked and was hard. One of the our group of four was pleased but the rest thought it was mediocre. The service was not great. Our waitress seemed distracted and was not very attentive until I told her I thought she was neglecting us."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I had never heard anything about Z Cucina when I first booked my reservation, but was pleasantly surprised. When we arrived they offered complimentary Valet services, which was nice in the grandview area, plus it was snowing. We were quickly seated and ordered drinks. Since we were there with family celebrating an engagement, they allowed us plenty of time to chat, eat and drink. The food and drinks were delicious! The only issue I could mention that it does tend to get loud in there once the dining room fills up. Other than that everything was great!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The moment my girlfriend and I entered restaurant we knew we had made the perfect choice for a romantic evening out. Neither of us had dined there before but we were made to feel as though we old friends returning for a very special evening. Ali made excellent recommendations for our menu selections when asked and our dinners were perfectly prepared and delicious. I'm certain we will visit again in the near future."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We've always had a great experience at Z. The ambiance, the food is incredible, and the hospitality is superb. We choose Z for special occasions and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The patio was either freezing or an inferno. Aside from that, everything was wonderful!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My wife & I were out on a rare date with another couple. I had been here before previously and sat out on the covered patio. This experience inside was even better with the weather outside being snowy while the inside was energetic and warm. Having been grateful to be out with a sitter, we were easy guests to please. However I feel like our experience was fantastic. The table was ready when we arrived for our res, valet was quick & convenient, server was average but food arrived promptly. I definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Z Cucina di Spirito for a special night out and we were very impressed! We were greeted at the door by complimentary Valet Parking. We then walked in the door and the host was the Owner of the restaurant who greeted us, which i was very impressed by. I thought it was awesome that the owner is concerned enough to market and almost put a face on his place. The food was exceptional. We had the chicken parm! Great dish! Also the desserts are all made from scratch there. We had a piece of cheesecake it was phenomenal. Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend! Hidden Gem!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My wife's birthday & our first visit. Good recommendations on drinks & menu selections by our server. The owner made a point to visit with us which was a nice touch. Wait staff very professional & attentive."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We had a marvelous dinner here last Saturday. The beet salad was delicious, the special squash ravioli with a bit of chile was fantastic. Just a great meal."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Z Cucina did a great job handling our large group of nine people! The food was excellent from start to finish - especially the fritters for an appetizer, and the ravioli and gnocchi! We will definitely be coming back next time our group gets together!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Fantastic, as always! The owner, Rick, makes every visit special . . . he is consistently warm and welcoming (and present), and it's clear his attention to detail carries over to his staff. A real Grandview treat."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The service shined at Z Cucina as our server helped us with wine and dinner selections. There are so many wonderful selections on the menu. The house made mozzarella was a treat. We ordered the duo of duck and the spaghetti Bolognese. The Bolognese was flavorful but a tad salty, but the Argentina Malbec our server paired with it went nicely. The dessert selection was great and we ordered the sampler -- what a great ending to our meal."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a great experience. We were warmly greeted as we entered -- and immediately felt comfortable. We were asked if we were going somewhere afterwards (we were eating early as we were attending a pleat after dinner) so that they could make sure we would have enough time. The food was outstanding and service was great. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Overall a very good experience but pricey. Quieter than similar restaurants in the area. I would recommend it"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I came in w/family for NYE 2013 at 9:30pm. We got there at the reservation time to find the place to be packed as expected. No waiting area so we stand for 35 minutes in front of the door (freezing) which quickly became packed with over over 5 parties after us. My impression was that the restaurant overbooked itself. Got a table at 10pm but we couldn't put an order for drinks and appetizers up until 10:30, ridiculous. Dinner came in by 11 and i was not wowed by it. Definitely not worth the waiting time nor the hassle. We had frito mist, chicken parmigiana and fruit di mare. I would not even come back on a quite day for dinner. The waiter although, not effective tried to be nice just like the host and busboy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "On New Years Eve this place was absolutely packed, yet the service was great! Our water glasses never went empty while we were at the table, and this delights me. There is a new menu, and I had a wonderful Ribeye with the Lodi Zin--yum! This restaurant is a favorite spot for us and will not disappoint."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "New Year's Eve at Z'Cucina was a lovely experience. Outstanding food and good service really puts this place at the top of our list. We'd been away for awhile and are happy to have come back and be as enchanted with the place as we were the very first time. We highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013