Z Cucina di Spirito

4.6
1647 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day Dinner with my Love

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best server ever!! I have severe food allergies and she made sure to check on everything so I would not have to worry. Even got to have desert which I rarely get to have when I eat out!!

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GR
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was not crowded when we got there. We were asked if we were on any time constraints and told them No. That may explain the long time delay between the time we ordered and the time we actually received our food. Then a big delay in receiving our bill. Next time I may consider stating a time constraint. However, we did enjoy our time visiting with each other while we waited.

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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a quiet dinner with that special someone. Took my wife here for Valentine's day and it was absolutely perfect! We definitely recommend.

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J
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time here...Great service. Outstanding scallops and chicken parmigiana. We will for sure be coming back!

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JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME AT Z CUCINA! IT WILL NOT BE OUR LAST! OUR WAITRESS WAS AMAZING, THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND THE HEATED PATIO WAS A GREAT ATMOSPHERE. IT WAS A GREAT PLACE TO CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAYS!

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VV
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to celebrate a birthday, they bring a nice dessert surprise!

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M
Columbus
53 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Out of town guests were thrilled with their experience

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time. The experience was great. I would recommend this place to anyone that likes Italian food.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to Z 4 times and this was the most disappointing. It was a Birthday dinner for a special lady.
We weren’t able to be seated right away, as they were very busy.
The server was slow in getting to our table, approx. 7-8 minutes after being seated. Appetizers & entrees were ordered. Appetizers were delivered approx. 12-15 mins after ordering.
Entrees were also late, some 15-20 mins after we finished our apps. My entree plate came vey hot and with a light crust all around the rice confit, and the salmon seasoning dried out, indicating to me, it sat under a heating lamp longer than anticipated.
I inquired if there was a delay in kitchen, and was told there none, but offered a complimentary round of cocktails.

The food was very good as always just disappointed with the delays.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As first time customers at the restaurant, we were very thankful with the spectacular service of the waiters. Cannot describe the fantastic experience I’ve had.

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JM
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love z's but tonight is was very slow and not quite the same quality as we are accustomed.

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Service was ok. We had to wait about 40 minutes after our reservation time for the previous table to leave and the staff did a nice job apologizing and gave us champagne which we thought was very nice.

Appetizers: calamari and fried risotto were middle of the road. Mozzarella was fantastic.

Salad: Caesar salads were very sub par. Two stalks of lettuce that tasted very earthy with a little drizzle of dressing. Presentation and taste was poor.

Entree: Scallops were good. All other food was just ok. ( fish special, chicken parm, lasagna) Maybe since we were eating at 8:30 we were getting older food. red sauce seemed old and a little burnt. Fish was a little dry. Noodles were thick and tough.

The chocolate mousse (complimentary for my Wife's birthday) was Delicious

Wine: I forget the name of the pinot noir, but it was the server's recommendation and it was mediocre, may have been an old bottle?

Overall: Party of 7 and a $400 tab (not including the drinks at the bar before) I was fairly unimpressed.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. The portion sizes were huge, so be prepared to have leftovers as well!

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 'event' restaurant .. birthdays, anniversaries .. etc. As usual, our visit was very good. We are looking forward to a visit to the new location.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent location for our group of friends to reunite and catch up and celebrate a birthday. We were very concerned with finding a place that had a nice ambiance, great food and a good dining experience. We found all of that with Z Cucina, our waiter was great, the food was good, while not outstanding and a bit pricy, we all like what we ate. The Small Plates and flatbreads were the most popular items and great for sharing. If we went back I think I would personally stick to those. I would love to go back for another similarly special event.

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OT
Columbus
43 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great casual date night. The wine and food were great. Our waiter was excellent. We will be back.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! One of the best dining experiences! Highly recommend!!

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AC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful (and delicious) experience at Z Cucina!

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was nice

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WT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The only complaint is the food. My gf and I got the lamb and then veal. Both were mostly fat. The veal was crusted so you could not see the fat until you but into it

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ES
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I made came here for a date night and it exceeded our expectations. Our server, unfortunately I cannot remember her name, was amazing. She shared recommendations on the menu, and we absolutely loved what we each ordered. We dined on the closed in patio, which was warm, quiet and cozy, the perfect atmosphere. We enjoyed it more than some of the neighboring restaurants, we can't wait to come back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal! She made us feel so relaxed and made our experience wonderful!

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CG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Z! I’ve gone w my husband for date night, with my family for a nice night out and numerous times for girls night. We always have great, friendly waiters and fabulous food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening!!! Went with friends to dine before ringing in the New Year. Food was fantastic, and Doug our server was spot on! Can’t wait to go again

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spaghetti bolognese was outstanding ! Best in Columbus. Sat at the bar and Service was great. Plan to dine here often.

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MA
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday everything was very good. Only comment and not really a negative was the pasta may be had too much sauce. The sauce was very good may be a little too much of it

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d
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable setting. Wife and I had dinner at the bar and received excellent service and recommendations from the staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was festive and elegant and the personal attention was perfect. We were celebrating graduations and were well taken care of. Thank you.

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LP
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Z Cucina for Christmas eve dinner and were not disappointed. Our server was phenomenal, the food excellent. The ambiance was just right. Will definitely be back soon.

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KN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great food and great service. Sat at the bar before we were seated (we arrived early for our reservation) and had a few drinks and some appetizers. Had a really delicious lasagna for dinner. A bit pricey but the atmosphere is really warm and nice and the portions were large.

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LG
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful dinner! The bar tender was wonderful and engaging. The appetizer and main course exceeded expectations. The wait staff all friendly and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Chicken Parm , the cheese plate app different and great . One of the best in town

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Z is an excellent restaurant. I have been there on many occasions and the food and service is always good.
The owner Rick is a great host and always makes an effort to get you a table even when busy.
I highly recommend.

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RO
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Very interesting experience. I will start with the positives, the service was very good and the Veggie appetizer plate was fantastic. However, the entrees we received were bland and tasteless. My wife ordered the Ribeye and it was cooked as requested but had very little flavor. I, on the other hand, had the Pork which was very good but it was put on top of a pile- chunk? - of spinach that looked like it was taken out of the package frozen and cooked that way. Also, the ambiance in the main restaurant is lively and upbeat but on the patio, in the winter, it felt more like being pushed to the kid's table during the holidays.

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C
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very good service. Wife and I had a great meal (parmesan veal topped with a deliciously sweet salsa, and goat cheese raviolis) with several drinks and our check was under $70. It's very loud and difficult to hold a conversation however, it won't prevent us from returning.

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M
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We had a reservation for 7:30 but waited 20 minutes for our "quiet booth". The restaurant was so noisy we had to shout of conversation most of the evening. The $13 salamu board was 3 skimpy slices of meat and some pickled vegetables. The $35 veal chop was buried in in some kind of chopped tomato " sauce" that need to be scraped away. This used to be a really nice Italian restaurant with an interesting and creative menu. Now is just an overpriced noisy bar.

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CM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was wonderful! Our server was attentive but not overly so. We began with cocktails and our server didn't rush us to order. She provided helpful suggestions when asked. We had a wonderful vegetable platter to start out. Then we each had a salad. One of us had scallops and one had the gnocchi (which was yummy!!). We decided to pass on dessert. Would definitely recommend and return!!

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R
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dinner experience. The food was delicious and the ambience was quite nice. They were very good at catering to my food allergies as well. I would highly recommend.

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Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked this place after reading it's #1 rating on Trip Advisor after picking up our OSU Freshman son to celebrate finishing his first finals week. The food and cocktails were great. Our waitress, Megan, was friendly, attentive and gave great recommendations. Our food was great! We'll be back next time we're in Columbus!

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