Z Cucina di Spirito

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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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OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and interesting. The wine list was small but good quality and paired well with the kinds of food on the menu. Service was attentive and personable and wine service competently executed. A very nice evening and we are looking forward to returning.

ER
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The evening we went, there was no valet parking, perhaps not a big deal on a weekday, but Saturday evening in Grandview? Just because I could use the exercise doesn't mean I prefer it. Not a great first impression. We made our reservations online and were seated with no waiting. OK, now that's better. Our seating and the dining room were fine and the upholstered wall coverings really made for a quiet space. Other restaurants should take note. Our server was very gracious, friendly, and knowledgeable. If there was one area that could have been better, it would been attentiveness. Glasses shouldn't go empty and patrons shouldn't have to flag-down another server for things that could have been detected from a distance. I believe the restaurant missed out on some extra coin from wine glasses allowed to sit empty. Guess we'll have water. The food was good. On par with the competition. The cheese board was excellent, featuring a variety of flavors and textures along with quantity sufficient for sharing. Well done. The beef carpaccio was very good too. The Lobster Carbonara was excellent, please don't drop this from your menu. Highly recommended. As for the Natural Chicken Parmigiana, I was hoping the Parmesan would have been toasted slightly to bring out a little more complexity, but perhaps I missed the intent of the dish, so, I give the chef high marks and blame myself for not getting too excited about it. The Margherita pizza tasted great with plenty of fresh mozzarella, however, was the flatbread crust supposed to be soggy? If so, well done. My unsophisticated palate prefers a little less sogginess. One thing that really disappointed me was the restaurant ran out of bread. The server said they were busier than expected. Seriously? You run out of a rare spice or pricey fresh swordfish, but bread? The Chocolate Mousse was a real crowd-pleaser, a nice finishing course. Excellent. Overall, a satisfying, pleasant dining experience.

DR
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and the server was exceptional. This was a business meal and all of the people in attendance greatly enjoyed the night.

S
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and the food was excellent!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience. Waiter helped us select a bottle of wine that both my wife and I enjoyed.

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing short rib. S'more Cheesecake was literally the best dessert I've ever had. Ever!

SP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our son ate here this spring and recommended Z to us. Perhaps it was the new fall menu but it just did not measure up to the rave review our son gave this place. I had a pasta dish which was ok but nothing exceptional. The noodles were a little bit hard and the dish was a bit too salty (and I like salt). My husband had a stuffed pork chop or tenderloin? can’t remember. Again good but nothing exceptional and way too salty for him. Nice place, pleasant staff but just not a meal that made me think I’d go back again next time I was in Columbus.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining and thoroughly enjoyed “Monday Meatball” night; top three all time meatballs ever!

OT
Cincinnati
160 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were greeted promptly on a busy Saturday night (OSU crowd) but had to wait almost 30 minutes at the bar. Server was pleasant but kitchen service was slow. Burrata app was very good as were our martinis.. entrees were good as usual. Drinks + app + entrees + tip = $100.

h
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a great dinner in Grandview. we all enjoyed our meals.

MB
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!! Such good food!!!!!!!!!!

H
Columbus
71 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Z Cucina is our favorite Italian restaurant in Columbus for sure! Great neighborhood gem, lovely outdoor seating as well as stylish indoor seating, great skilled, knowledgeable and charming waiters, beautiful presentation and of course, scrumptious food. It is always difficult to know what to order as it is all so good. Calamari is one of the best in town, served with shrimp and vegetables. The entree of the day, grilled swordfish, was served on a bed of sage pumpkin risotto, a tomato sauce and fresh micro greens as a topping. Superb!

L
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sister’s birthday and a great evening, great ambiance and amazing food! The bread was so delicious too!

R
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Very nice surroundings. Lamb was fantastic.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience, from the staff, food and atmosphere. We have been raving and can’t wait to go back!

KB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, however, a little pricy for what you get.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very good salad choices. My party all had different pastas which were just okay. Didn’t seem to be a good value for the price.

B
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and really appreciated excellent service. Sitting outside was an added bonus! Excellent!

LR
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Z Cucina was billed as a romantic restaurant and it did not disappoint! Beautiful little corner spot. We were on the patio. The chilled tomato soup was AMAZING and the chef kindly prepared something for my husband, who is a vegan. The only issue I had was with the waiter. I asked him if he knew the wines because I was thinking about buying a bottle. He said he did. I told him what I like in a wine and he pointed me to all the most expensive bottles- one for $105, which I was not thinking of spending. He seemed to know the price of the wines, but knew nothing about the taste. I was turned off by his suggestion. He up-sold himself out of a bottle sale. I decided to only get a glass of the Super Tuscan. It was wonderful! Would definitely go back again!

HM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a wedding. Great dinner from perfectly rendered cocktails, lovely salad, amazingly fresh and interesting entrees through to great homemade limoncello. This is a local farm to table restaurant. Will be returning soon.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant night to dine on the patio. Generous, helpings of delicious food. Liz, our server, was very attentive. Highly recommend!

RT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a delicious meal at Z and the service was superb. It was quiet, it was a week night fairly early.

RL
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great until we had a payment problem. One couple was double charged. Our waiter, Mark H had a terrible time with our checks. It was eventually straightened out. Thanks! Food is wonderful.

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

The food was amazing! Very nice service. Cheese board was phenomenal. Just a warm little vibe from setting. It was very pleasurable, definitely dine there again!

ME
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and kind staff :) good place to dine with family. Sharing plates is a must because the food is amazing!

KO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on their outdoor patio which was lovely and inviting. Service was terrific and the food fabulous. Must try the Raspberries N Peaches Cheesecake!!! Enjoyed our evening!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic evening at Z Cucina Grandview!!

This is the second time that we've hosted several couples that we work with to dine with us at this restaurant. The food was spectacular... again! Thank You to the kitchen staff and chef... all eight of us loved our entree... and the appetizers, soup, salads, and desserts were amazing! Our waiter, Laura, was attentive, engaging, and very knowledgeable. Simply said... Z Cucina is our favorite restaurant in Columbus... very diverse and fresh menu... and all culinary preparation is top notch!! Thank You for a very special evening!!

R
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and cozy atmosphere
Love the food I tried it for the first time and appreciate the knowledge of the waiter that he informed me about all the ingredients and the taste before ordering

v
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Tastebuds were wowed ever bite! From the ribeye to the gnocchi and the yummy dessert we could not stop yummmmmmming throughout the meal!

JV
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We suggest to extend the menu offers would be good!!!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely a beautiful restaurant with excellent food. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area for a nice meal.

CD
Columbus
65 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had another great experience at Z Cucina. The service was outstanding, as usual, and the food was very, very good. Their seasonal, summer menu is in full swing and is loaded with local meats and freshly harvested produce! We will be back again very soon.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was okay. I had four large raviolis in my dish with lots of sauce. I do not expect a huge portion, but six raviolis would have been satisfying. Their bread is very soft. Not usual for an Italian restaurant's.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere

DF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. My wife is still talking about it three days later! Great.

H
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went based on TripAdvisor rating. Service was really slow. Arrived at 7:10, left at 9:41, did not order dessert. The food (spicy shrimp pasta, scallops and crab) was at best mediocre. Except for the scallops, nothing tasted good. On top of that it was expensive! We were very disappointed.

B
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first experience at Z Cucina for three of the four people in our party. They were extremely impressed with the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff and the pace of the service. It was a wonderful evening.

r
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good quality meal. Has outside dining, but it looks out into a parking lot. Pasta is home made with excellent flavor

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Z Cucina for over two years now. We love the food, staff, and the restaurant. If you haven’t tried it yet you really should. We live in Lewis Center and drive all the way to Grandview EVERY chance we get to eat here.

A
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual.Tried the "new to the menu" roasted cauliflower veggie dish which was superb!!

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