Z Cucina di spirito
Z Cucina di spirito

Z Cucina di spirito

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zcucina.com/
  • Phone: 6144869200x
  • 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 6144869200

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Z Cucina di spirito reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (50)great for outdoor dining (47)special occasion (38)romantic (33)notable wine list (20)good for groups (17)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great spaghetti sauce
    MarkM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent. The spaghetti sauce was one of the best that I have ever tasted. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    KevinUA
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had close friends in from out of town who are very knowledgeable on wine and food pairings. The menu had a great variety with interesting descriptive details. Our food was delicious and Doug recommended a wonderful wine that impressed all! We sat on the patio for a quiet place to catch up, great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BrynnerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent restaurant in the heart of Grandview where parking is still possible. Chef driven menu creatively crafted by one of the best chefs in Ohio, Jamie George. He is really amazing. At the stove every night and during the day crafts his own gelato, pancetta, duck prosciutto, soups, sauces, and just about everything else that comes out of the kitchen. Interesting meats and produce are sourced locally, and an occasional fish arrives from some exotic location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • llouVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great service, great food! Unique twist on favorites. Veggie only dishes wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service / Great Food
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We where greeted and sat by the owner. The food was amazing and perfectly prepared. The owner checked on us on time durning our meal and once again while we where outside waiting for valet to retrieve our vehicle. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening at Z Cucina
    PeepOhioTraveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful time from the moment we walked in the door at Z Cucina. The lighting level on a Saturday evening was just right, the colors were warm and inviting, and the service was friendly without being at all annoying. Well mixed gin martini and a delicious entree of grilled lamb for me. My wife had ravioli and it was excellent as well. A beautiful spot to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spike
    Spike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and service with a nice personal touch by the owner who obviously cares
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky Grandview Avenue
    kenbrit
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    How did Grandview Avenue get so lucky as to having a restaurant like Z Cucina. Always great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kati
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love going to Z Cucina. The food is always beautifully prepared and taste wonderful. Great place to take friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute find
    goodfind
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was a busy night so the service was a little slow. We sat outside which was very nice. Inside is tight and the noise level was loud so I'm glad we were able to sit outside. The food was very good, we had a nice cheese plate appetizer that was very good and we had great creaser salads. I had the chicken parmesan which had great flavor but it could have used a little more sauce. My wife had a chicken dish which she also loved. Very friendly service, nice valet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great restaurant. We are foodies and really enjoy Z Cucina. It is our favorite restaurant in Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine
    ErinLynn
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    They have an amazing wine list. The waiter knew I knew what I was talking about and didn't treat me like some woman pretending that I did. He made some great recommendations that fit our tastes perfectly! The food was amazing, it passed the test of 2 native Italians!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mike
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    dineout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great experience from beginning to end. Food and service were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go-to Restaurant
    Randy
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday Spaghetti Special
    RebeccaZVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Tralfaz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a fantastic restaurant!! Great food. Friendly staff. Great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service on a busy night!
    jwhalesVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grandview 5 Star
    ZADD
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 2014 Highlight
    Rock
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Doug
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!
    NRTable
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding innovative menu
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Meal by All
    NorthColumbusFoodieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bills
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Outstanding food selection and service. Fantastic location w parking or valet. One of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just ok
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmm meatballs
    elcee
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Z is Amazing!
    Jonathan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner with a friend
    0xDE1337
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grandview
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Chas
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Z Cucina excellent dining
    Luvfinef00d
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, better food.
    Mike
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening at Z
    Al4fresco
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a wonderful bottle of Malbec. The caesar salad and the beet salad were both excellent. My halibut entree was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    JandAP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Evening Out
    VintageCbus
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent evening with another couple - warm so large windows to street open, giving feel of European café. Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    the owner was there and seemed to really care about the place but the food was just not very good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 584 reviews are from the Z Cucina di spirito reviews archive.
  • A late Mothers Day
    David
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Start to the Evening
    mjs3
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate