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
95 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (56)great for outdoor dining (47)special occasion (44)romantic (36)notable wine list (21)good for groups (17)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Loved it, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Z Cucina is a family favorite for special occasions and never fails to deliver. They always give us great food and attentive service. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful evening
    patiolover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a larger group for a birthday and food allergy to contend with and were more than happily accommodated. The seasonal food offerings are fun and inventive making it difficult to decide on one. Home made cheeses are always delightfully and the bread disappeared quickly into the lovely blend of dipping oil. Highly recommend to anyone that appreciates excellent table service and delights in well crafted and precisely prepared dishes. See you again soon, and thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Thursday habit
    nameVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our first time here, and lucky it was a Thursday.Z offers a make your own Price Fixe menu, so we did.. very reasonable prices, great food & service plus free valet parking. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    PaulFallon
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Never had a bad meal or dining experience. Predictably impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Csual get-together
    Jaylee
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We met some friends for dinner and they brought their 13-year-old son. I thought the food might be too "haute" for him, but he loved it. I had an appetizer that paired carmelized pumpkin with a fig preserve - excellent. As usual, the panna cotta was delectable: creamy, not too sweet, with a bit of rich butterscotch and the dark chocolate drizzle. And, again, a great Negroni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening overall
    OrdinaryDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Came with a party of eight & service was fantastic. Bread fantastic, cheese plate fantastic. Prices decent. Drink menu had many good options, but not so many to overwhelm! Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service and great food
    LWANDGLEN
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The service was great and the chief did a great job with everything we ate.. Loved the restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful anniversary
    Katt
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at z Cucina. Our host gave us a very warm welcome and wished us a happy anniversary as did our server. The server was very knowledgeable about both food and drinks. The scallops were very tasty and now cell grilled. The beet salad was not only delicious but beautiful. The homemade sausage appitizer was delicious. The server brought us a special dessert with anniversary wishes written in chocolate on the plate. It was a yummy chocolate mousse on a pitzel. We can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    CAFey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We dined here on a home football game night and the restaurant was deserted - too bad because it was excellent! I'm Sure it's packed with happy diners when not distracted by sports bars on game night! The owner served us and was very attentive. Excellent food. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real gem
    Baka
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Excellent owner operated neighborhood bistro. Food is imaginative and great with flavor. Easy to enjoy. Very nice wine variety and choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday Night Special Dinner
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We returned to try once again the special 3-course menu a available on Thursday evenings. It is quite a great deal, especially considering the quality of the food; in spite of some of the portions being downsized just a bit to accommodate 3 courses, there is still plenty of food. I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. However, although the food tends to be in the gourmet or specialty-prepared genre, we found it to be perhaps too much so this time around. The entrees were all fine, if a bit unconventional in preparation. e.g. butternut squash ravioli filling loosely wrapped with pasta sheets and rather overly rich. Our party of 4 was all in agreement. Note especially: Desserts were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserves the Praise
    LawyerBob
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I tried this restaurant based solely on the OT reviews and we were not disappointed. Very friendly owner and servers. Lovely patio. We had two of the specials and both were great. Mozzarella and tomato appetizer was very good and the seafood linguini had me licking up the bowl with bread. Passed on desserts because we were too full.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    DiningAdventurer
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to Z Cucina for our anniversary based on the reviews on Open Table and were not disappointed. We were fortunate enough to be there on a Wednesday when the chef offers a 3 course pre-fix menu with wine pairings. We are foodie types and found each course a fabulous taste treat. The beet trio salad with various roasted beets paired with kale salad, fennel salad and a wonderful goat cheese still resonates in my memory while my husband keeps mentioning the roasted pumpkin and fig compote with a pistachio brittle. The staff was attentive and the owner personally made sure we had romantic seating outside on the patio. Loved the synergy between good food and the energy of Grandview Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • 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
    kenbritVIP
    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
    ErinLynnVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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