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About 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.
Columbus, OH 43212
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 as full or partial buy-outs of the restaurant space. Our staff can create a special menu just for you & your guests. Check out our website for more details.
Valet parking is offered Thursday through Saturday. There is also free parking available across the street in a large lot next to the Post Office. In addition to a surface lot located behind the Grandview Carryout (also located across the street from Z Cucina).
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: (614) 486-9200
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Z Cucina di spirito Ratings and Reviews
First time trying Z Cucina, and we were all excited (group of 4). They called the morning of the reservation to confirm, and asked if a special occasion - a nice touch. We arrived and the owner sat us, engaged with us, and overall a nice step. Our server....................a touch above disappointing. The restaurant wasn't very busy for a Saturday evening, the owner actually shared that they had cancellations. But the server gave us one drink menu, came right back asking if we were ready to order drinks, and when we asked for another menu, she seemed......a little put off? But that ended up being the theme of the evening. She was constantly back to us to order quickly - whether drinks or appetizers or the meal - and then drinks again.
When the food came it was fantastic. Not sure how this was our first time, but it was. And everything looked fantastic and tasted even better. But as we were finishing, again the waitress was there trying to take plates that weren't empty. I could not figure out her rush: there was no wait, she had plenty of tables so she wasn't being sent home early. When we finished, she cleared EVERYTHING from the table, reaching over people, asking us to stack dishes, etc. Again, what was the rush? Dessert menus were dropped and before we had picked them up, she was there wanting the order. Again, no idea on the rush. Finally my wife snapped at her and said "no, we're not ready, please give us some time". Desserts were ordered, checks were dropped soon after the dessert was dropped.
As I said earlier in the post, the food was fantastic. The service? Not so much; and she wasn't new, she just seemed put off that we were there, or put off that she was there, or maybe both? Anyways, we'll be back. But in all honesty, if we're seated with the same waitress, I'll ask to be moved to a different section. A meal that is that good, that creative, should be enjoyed and not rushed through.
We'll be back, for sure.
We were warmly greeted by the host and quickly seated. Service was reasonably fast and adequately friendly, but we were a bit underwhelmed by the food. I'm a beer guy, but if you don't like IPAs, then there weren't many alternatives (dark beers for the winter?). The olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with the bread had way too much cracked pepper. My first taste resulted in a minor coughing fit from a large pepper grain lodged on my throat. For dinner, my wife ordered the Lasagna and it was extremely soupy with excess sauce; you almost needed to eat it with a spoon. I had the Grilled Portobello Mushroom pasta dish and, like the bread oil, it suffered from a heavy-handed dose of pepper. We'd probably give Z Cucina another chance, but we weren't thrilled with this visit.
We previously had a not-so-great experience at Z Cucina. Rick went above & beyond to turn that experience around. Our service, food & the ambiance were all outstanding. We will definitely be back again. I can't say enough wonderful things about Rick!
We had another great meal and experience at Z’Cucina. With all of the options available in Grandview, this is still our favorite! We have never had a meal that wasn’t outstanding. While the focus on their menu is Italian, my wife had a peppercorn ribeye that was “to die for”. I had a more traditional, but similarly great, chicken parmigiana. We look forward to our next visit in the near future!
Usually I have a limited number of menu choices since I must have a gluten free meal but here the waiter, upon checking with the chef, gave me a dizzying array of choices in addition to several pasta dishes available with gluten free pasta. A nice change but so many things sounded good it was a difficult choice! A good problem to have!
Our experience at Z Cucina was good overall. It always is. The food is inventive and fresh, always beautifully prepared and lovely. What was not good on this particular visit was the noise level coming from the bar. Z Cucina is, in my opinion, a lovely dining spot. It is not, nor should it be a sports bar. When we were there, a football game was playing on the televisions at the bar. (Leave the TV at home, kids. This is a restaurant. Sometimes it's nice NOT to have it blaring.) Ok, not my thing, but fine. Except that certain patrons couldn't help themselves but yell and cheer at the TV vis a vis the "game". Ugh. Not what I go out to dinner for. It made conversation difficult, and was inappropriate public behavior in this kind of an establishment. Feel free to label me a snob or snooty or whatever else you want, but I really wonder why we need a television in a fine restaurant.
A delightful and ever-so-accommodating restaurant with excellent and friendly service. The waitress was very helpful with our dietary restrictions and with our 4-year-old child;s needs. I was so pleased that my son-in-law's dietary restrictions were met, and he was thrilled with his food. Furthermore, the rest of our party received excellent food which was served with beautiful plating ; overall, this was a great experience. Thank you, Z Cucina.
Do not miss out on experiencing Z Cucina! Every time we're in Columbus, Z Cucina is a must. The food and service are outstanding and the owner, Rick Z makes everyone feel like they are guests at his home. The menu rotates seasonally to take advantage of fresh local ingredients and also includes traditional Italian items. Don't miss this local gem!
Our server was very nice, however lacked training. He did not go over any of the specials, we had to flag him down when my beverage was empty to order a glass of wine (despite passing our table many times), my Cauliflower & Spaghetti Squash entree came without the spaghetti squash.
We were greeted at the door and seated by a gentlemen named Rick who was extremely friendly and also happened to be the owner. You could tell he was a very hands on owner and his attitude reflected positively in the rest of the staff. The atmosphere was excellent, the food was excellent, everything was awesome. A very great experience for my fiancé and I. Great place to celebrate her birthday. We will definitely be returning to this amazing Italian restaurant!
My husband and I️ had a lovely time sampling a variety of dishes on this first visit to Z Cucina. We arrived well before our reservation time, and I️ assumes we would hang out at the bar, but the host and hostess were able to seat us right away. The dining room was quite busy on Friday night, but our server Anthony was always quick and attentive, and also gave great, honest recommendations as we learned the menu. Everything we ate - and the cocktails! - were all delicious. We’ll look forward to stopping in again for special occasions or other date nights down the road.
We started with the charcuterie board and the cheese board. They were dropped at the table with no explanation of what the items were and with no crackers or extra bread. The pasta dishes we tried were also odd. Huge chunks of squash served with gnocchi and a lot of pesto. The lasagna bolognese was more like a marinara with ground meat tossed in. My daughter with the sweetest tooth ever didn’t finish dessert.
We had a wonderful evening - we did not feel rushed, food was incredible - try the goat cheese ravioli! The owner greeted us when we entered, and check up on us after the meal. We were there at 6 on a Saturday - atmosphere was lively, but we could still have easy conversation.
We had an excellent meal with our teenage and young adult children. The service was excellent! The meatballs were delicious, as was the pork dish. My daughters ordered the pumpkin ravioli. The dish was two large ravioli and the girls felt there was a little too much filling to pasta. This is just a personal preference. Would definitely come again, just order something different.
The dining experience at Z Cucina was delightful. Both the restaurant owner, Rick, and our server, Haley, made us feel like family with their wonderful hospitality and flawless service. The house-made sausage & ricotta tortelli was absolutely delicious, and the wine list offered excellent choices to accompany the meal. Z deserves its #1-rating on Trip Advisor!
On my first trip to Columbus, I searched for a great place to have a great meal. I choose Z Cucina based on reviews and I am glad I did! It was a great experience all the way - service (very attentive and friendly), drinks (expansive selection), and food (creative, unique and delicious)! It is in a great part of town and I only wish I had more time in Columbus to go back! You won't be disappointed in this gem.
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