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Sa ZA Serious Italian Food -Montgomery

4.4
4.4
353 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Walking into SA ZA is an absolute feast for all your senses. SA ZA is set in a hip atmosphere with bold colors, exposed brick walls, historic hardwood floors and eye-catching artwork. With the energy from the music, the open kitchen, and the local artists creating masterpieces right in the dining room, you know in that moment that this is gonna be amazing. In this hot concept even the bathrooms are cool. Attention to detail is the focus here at SA ZA and it begins at the front door and continues right into the kitchen. Chef uses only the freshest ingredients and specialty items like: San Marzano tomatoes, pizza dough made in New York, wild salmon from Ireland and Norway, and scallops from Georges Banks, Massachusetts. From the quality of the food, Chef Joe has created a menu guaranteed to create a symphony in your mouth.
Owned and operated by chefs, the mission at SA ZA is to make every meal a memorable one

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (334) 495-7292

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe DiMaggio

  • Neighborhood

    Montgomery

  • Cross street

    Tallapoosa St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 353 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. MW

    MichelleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a bad experience there. The food is always consistent and delicious. Would highly recommend SaZa.
  2. SJ

    SusanJT

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I try not to judge the food by the attitude of the waiter. But, it was a little hard when I asked which of two dishes were better and he said they were “two of the simpler dishes on their menu.” I’ve eaten in a lot of “foodie” places around the world and haven’t encountered this kind of snobbery. The chopped salad was ok but the Dijon sherry “vinaigrette” I ordered was thick/gloppy and all you could taste was mustard - definitely not a vinaigrette. So I tried the white balsamic instead and it was ok but nothing special. I ended up ordering one of their “specialty” pastas with lobster and shrimp. It was soupy and swimming in oil. The small shrimp and lobster pieces were ok and the soupy sauce taste ok but I couldn’t eat much because of the oil. Ended up picking out the seafood pieces as best I could and trying to let the oily sauce drip off. The only good thing to say was the wine was a generous pour. Overall, can’t recommend a just ok place.
  3. EP

    EdPatrick

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The restaurant is very loud. The service wasn’t great, the food was terrible. Two things on the menu weren’t available. One was the antipasto salad! We ordered veal parm and chicken parm. Both were burned around the edges. Both came with penne pasta. Very little sauce and barely lukewarm with pockets of stone cold! The shakers of Parmesan cheese were too nasty to even touch. The white wine was served in a red wine glass. You’d think for a restaurant that’s supposed to have class, they would know the difference. Overall, we won’t go back! Very disappointing.
  4. JJ

    JandJ

    Mobile

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very loud cramped restaurant. Service was speedy and good bar menu. Breadsticks app was very good. Parmesan cheese sauce and marinarawere both good. But pizza sauce was disappointing. My wife ordered chicken parm and was served manicotti. Server tried to argue the cheese was chicken. Lol. Still looking for the best restaurant in downtown Montgomery.
  5. LB

    LynnB

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food, at SaZa's was good, as always. The only detraction from a perfect review is that the server asked my dining companion for his beverage request, but neglected to ask me. The water was tasty.
  6. SS

    SueS

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the atmosphere were all great. Cant wait to go back.
  7. CS

    ChefSusan

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Okay, though I make better at home. Boyfriend said the pizza wasn't bad. Not many glutenfree or Vegetarian options so I got the wild mushroom polenta and it had a thick gravy which would have been better as a sauce.
  8. AH

    AshleyH

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and the server was excellent
  9. PJ

    PeterJ

    Savannah

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and always good italian food 👍
  10. J

    Jane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service are always excellent, and servers are extremely nice and helpful. The only negative is the metal chairs in the outside seating area are very uncomfortable. But it would not stop me from going back often.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  12. TM

    TomM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chopped Lobster, Shrimp, Spinach over Angel Hair was very good ! I highly recommend that. Our server was very busy, but checked on our table frequently. The menu prices are fair. And I rather pay the prices for awesome food at Sazas over The Olive Garden's. Sazas has a better selection.
  13. J

    Jacq

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great place to dine before a show at Montgomery Performing Arts.
  14. NS

    NicoleS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    My previous visits have been terrific, so hopefully this experience was a fluke. My party of 4 was seated. Then we waited 15 minutes without being acknowledged. When I flagged down a server to ask who would take our order, she immediately said she’d take our table. Unfortunately we waited an additional 15 minutes to get our drinks and order our food. The order for the 4yo in my party was prepared incorrectly so she was actually the last of our party to be served after sitting for an hour. We were told that they had 2 large parties that threw everything off from service to food prep. However I’ve eaten here twice before on Saturday nights and service was great.
  15. RH

    RoxianeH

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pizza was delicious! We received wonderful service and enjoyed the experience. We will be back!
  16. JN

    JoeN

    Birmingham

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined at Sa ZA for team dinner...The group enjoyed the experience! We had Great food and Great company!
  17. SL

    SammyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service only wish you guys where open more hours
  18. JV

    JeremyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truette is the greatest manager and served us very well this evening! Always a good Greek pizza.
  19. MJ

    MikeJones32109

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    See photo from a review I just left on Yelp.
  20. LL

    LLML

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Always delicious!
  21. A

    Akupupule

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, we had the smashed meatball pizza and the Chicken Scarpariello with Chopped House Salad. The pizza came with a few Itallian sausages on the side. They were perfect with just the right amount of fennel . The meatball pizza was perfect with a crispy crust and Grandma’s smashed meatballs on top of a light coating of cheese and marinara sauce. The Chicken Scarpariello was a bone in. Perfectly seasoned roasted Chicken breast with roasted peppers, onions, and roasted seasoned potato slices. Devine!
  22. D

    Denise

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My only complaint was that we were pointed to our table. Wait staff was excellent. Food wonderful.
  23. P

    Penny

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Will definitely return to try more dishes. I had 4 cheese ravioli. Friends had manicotti and rigatoni and another had a salad. We all shared and loved it all.
  24. BS

    BSFlyer

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great Food a bit louder rhan expected from the photos
  25. SB

    SharelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first visit to Sa Za and I absolutely loved it and will be back with family and friends.
  26. G

    Gustavo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The food was ok, but just ok. Service was mediocre to poor. Prices were high for what you got. I would choose Olive Garden over this, which is sad for a supposedly upscale Italian restaurant.
  27. AR

    AndreaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The food was very bland with no flavor. Very disappointed.
  28. MJ

    MikeJones32109

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    I probably will not be making our way back to this restaurant for a while. We spend about $300 every other month at this establishment and tonight I would have hated to spend $1. It seemed to be going well at first until we ordered our beer. We were kind of skeptical about the options due to not really knowing much about them so we ordered what we had at Central the night before. Unfortunately this beer was NOT the same flavor and was very overpowering with orange. I drink all kinds of beer nation wide and this was just terrible. After explaining that we definitely ordered it but it wasn't in our palate to enjoy, we were told we could get something else, but would have to purchase both due to policy. Unfortunately, since we weren't offered a tasting and instead of just trying to get through that beer, we ordered another pitcher that was much better but not before we were given what seemed to be disgruntle looks from the head bartender. Food was amazing as always and I'm glad we could finish our $90 meal off with a decent beer. I just wish that they would inform you about 20% gratuity on a table of 6 or more and that if you have a baby they consider that 1 person. It wasn't present on the menu from where I could tell. If anyone decides to visit, please make sure to ask for tastings and don't sit with a waiter named Blue. I was able to catch up from an old friend (cook) at Saza’s named Duke. We worked together at Wings when it was opened in Montgomery. Nicest dude ever and helped turn our night around.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far one of the best places to eat at in Montgomery. 5 stars
  30. HH

    HeatherH

    Mobile

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I have ever had dinner at SaZa it has been exceptional. The staff is incredible and attentive. The food is always outstanding. The atmosphere is perfect.
  31. P

    Pablo

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Asked for a non menu item special (salmon bruschetta) they did it no problem. Food was fantastic. Party of 13 and waiter split checks no problem without hesitation. Manicotti was great I just wouldn’t add the protein next time—didn’t need it bc the portion was great. Beers were great. Wine service was great. Overall it was great! All 13 of us loved our meals. I would recommend. Only reason for a four on the food out of five was bc I didn’t need the protein and waiter kinda talked me into it.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to dinner before a concert with friends and had amazing service, food, and drinks. Will be back!
  33. EK

    ElizabethK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food. We were two couples just having a nice dinner together. Our waitress was very good. My only complaint was the hostess tried to seat us at a table for 4 by the hostess station which is right by the door to come into the restaurant. We asked for a different table....and they accommodated us. We did have reservations and from what I understand, that table was assigned to us when we made our reservation. Thank goodness we could get a different table. The proximity of tables in this restaurant are very, very close to each other.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and very responsive wait staff.
  35. MP

    MishP

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service...each time I go I’m impressed with the service and the food. I’m now a repeat customer!
  36. CS

    ChrisS

    Mobile

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    I love the pizza at SaZa. 99% of the time it is a fantastic experience. The last visit it appeared they did not have enough staff for a Mother’s Day weekend. That is not normal for them. I highly recommend SaZa and will be back. An extra plus, John, who now works at the bar, knows I love lasagna. When they make lasagna (not a regular menu item) he will call my husband or I. Great place!
  37. P

    Parker

    Denver

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We were there on Mother’s Day, and the staff was beyond swamped. 45 minute wait for salad, which arrived warm, another half-hour for entrees, beer that was billed as draft but wasn’t... many service issues. On the plus side: food was very tasty, manager apologized and gave us complimentary desserts.
  38. F

    Foodcritic14

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Worst experience we have had at a restaurant in a long long time. Took 2hrs for our food to come out, and they were out of 3 different menu items. Once our food came out we had to send my wife’s back because it was too cold to eat. We will never eat at Sa Za again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    would not have given this place any rating at all if it is not a compulsory field. the eggplant was super dry and tasteless, with pasta tasting like soap water in, the worst prepared pasta ever. the pizza, yucky. for those that rated this place as excellent, which planet you all from? avoid even if you are starving! The server was excellent and should look for more fertile ground for her talent.
  40. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We hosted a graduation dinner for my daughter there and Wow! The food was amazing! We are still talking about it 2 days later. And this from a large group of Italians!! It’s a fun place and we’re only sorry there isn’t one in Atlanta!!

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Sa ZA Serious Italian Food -Montgomery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 495-7292.

Sa ZA Serious Italian Food -Montgomery is rated 4.4 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tallapoosa St.

  • Neighborhood

    Montgomery

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe DiMaggio

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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