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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.

1368 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
3rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 486-9200

Website:
http://www.zcucina.com/

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 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.

Parking 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).

Executive Chef:
Jamie George

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Z Cucina di spirito Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Good for a Date (44)
Romantic (41)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Authentic (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Seasonal (22)
Cozy (21)
Casual (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Business Meals (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Fun (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Vegan (7)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great service was great we had asked for a window seat but when we got there all the window seats were taken that was the only downfall to the night other than that everything else was excellent

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·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious meal and fantastic service! I had the stuffed pork chop and my husband had the lamb. Both were phenomenal! And the peanut butter cheesecake with peanut brittle was to die for!! Two thumbs up from us!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

Let’s just say what a great place to have dinner. The staff is incredible. They even gave us a special table in the window and surprised my husband with a birthday dessert. We will definitely be going here again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and great times with friends. Would definitely go back again. The ricotta butter cake as an appetizer is phenomenal!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent 👍 wonderful, helpful server, great menu, and superb food. We were very happy 😊 and will soon return!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Any occasion dining. Date night/celebrations/ family dinner, it’s always the right choice.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food and atmosphere- everything was cooked perfectly! The staff and service was great.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

Our first visit was on Valentine’s Day for dinner and we really enjoyed our experience. The place was very spacious and didn’t feel crammed even though it’s not a very big place. This was very nice considering it was a busy holiday for eating out. Server was nice but we really thought the person refilling our water glasses was very polite and seemed to fill them always at the right time, something we took notice of. We would definitely revisit this restaurant and look forward to it!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s dinner was excellent as usual. Kala did a perfect job making our special night perfect. Every person there provides top drawer service in a most down to earth friendly way! It deserves its number 1 ranking. A neighborhood jewel!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This is our 2nd visit in the past three weeks. We had to made another visit to Columbus and wanted to try Z Cucino again. The test of an excellent dining experience is having another great meal at the same place. Our first experience was excellent, followed by another excellent experience.

Thank you Z Cucino

Frank and Marilyn Demma

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Organic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and drinks were excellent. Our party of four had salads, different pasta dishes, and dessert. Everything was delicious including the wine and cocktails. The service and attention to detail was also great.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Dinner and service were enjoyed by all. We will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I made reservation for 6 people. Unfortunately my friend got sick and couldn’t join us. When 4 of us arrived at the restaurant I told the host/owner that unfortunately it was just 4 of us for dinner.., he reacted in an arrogante and sarcastic way. If I was alone with my husband I’d have left but another couple was with us so we stayed. The service was fine, the food was below our expectations... I will say very below expectations.
I won’t go back ... it is not worth it... there are better restaurants in town. It is overpriced for the quality...
it was my first experience in the restaurant and I am very disappointed...

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It is always a pleasure to dine at Z Cuchina. The choices vary but the quality is superb, and there are excellent vegetarian options. Desserts should also be noted.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Tonight’s dinner was the Halibut special and Chicken Parmigiana. Both dishes were well prepared and delicious. In house made Lemoncello is delicious as an after dinner treat. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 3, 2018

There are so many wonderful aspects about Z Cucina. The food is made fresh in house, a quality that’s evident with every bite you take. The service is outstanding. . .from the kind and hospitable owner (who remembers his customers), to the bartenders who can mix the best martinis. . .to the wonderfully kind servers (Hayley is really awesome) who have the confidence to recommend dishes (and they’re spot on, too).
Z Cucina is exceptional and worth the try. You’ll love it.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food and service

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful, just like every other time we go.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food. Service was fine, though the incessant refilling of water glass is very annoying. Leave a bottle on the table and let the patron decide to refill. Also, while not rushed, still felt like we were being nudged to leave.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Kala our server was awesome. Food was very good and atmosphere was very nice for a business dinner or an enjoyable social evening.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I travel quite a bit for work so I’ve eaten at a lot of different places and this is still one of my favorites. The family/neighborhood atmosphere and service are great. The owner greets you at the door and is genuinely thankful that you are there. The food is always great! The Risotto Balls are a must!!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Marilyn and I received a Z recommendation from a friend. We live in Springfield and made the trip to eat at Z's. What a great experience from A to of course, Z. The owner greeted us and spent some time making us feel at home. We will be back and hope to make this gem a regular stop.

Thanks for a great experience.

Frank and Marilyn Demma

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Vegan, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Their Bellini is fabulous and the goat cheese ravioli is do die for. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice restaurant. We went to celebrate our anniversary, and were "surprised" with an awesome chocolate mousse dessert. The waitress was very informative, and the food was quite good, although the two pasta dishes we ordered were a bit more spicy than I anticipated - my husband, however, thought the spiciness was great. We don't use valet, and had some difficulty finding parking, but it was a small price to pay for a nice time at a nice restaurant.

Tags: Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Another great meal at Z Cucina. We live in the neighborhood and this is our go-to for quality Italian food and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

One of my favorite Columbus restaurants.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything was amazing from the extremely friendly and prompt staff to the unbelievable food. Definitely recommend.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Z Cucina is a fabulous spot. The food is amazing , and the owner takes time to greet everyone personally. The atmosphere is great for an elegant experience with a relaxing vibe.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Terrific local place. Menu changes all the time and always great food well prepared and presented. Probably the finest restauarant in Columbus.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious and the service was fabulous! A great value for the quality they offer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food and friendly service. A great option prior to an Ohio Theater show or for a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our dinner was delicious. Our friends loved it too. Always good to have a great restaurant nearby.

As usual, we were greeted very warmly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The pasta is always top notch!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Columbus. The food is wonderful, service always top notch and just all around great dining experience. My girlfriend is vegetarian and it has a really good selection of vegetarian friendly items on the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Can’t say enough good things about Z. We always have a great meal and love taking friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our first time visiting, so we were not sure what to expect. The bar and appetizers were fabulous. The Oregon Pinot is excellent. The service was outstanding and the owner was so much a part of our experience. This is very rare, most establishments are run so poorly, due to the lack of involvement of the management or owner. The food we will have to say was just okay. We are fans of rib-eye steaks, but this one had no flavor at all... it tasted similar to a sirloin. There was no zing when taking a bite.
I am not sure if this is typical, or just a mistake. The red snapper was the same. No pizazz, but not terrible, both just okay.
If/ when we return, we’ll definitely try the pizzas or Italian entrees... maybe we’ll have better luck :)

Thank you!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic. They were rated number 1 on trip advisor so we went there and were not disappointed. The owner greeted us personally when he found out it was our anniversary. Food was amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I love that I see Rick the founder and owner when I go. He makes sure everyone has a wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice birthday evening at Z Cucina di spirito. It's a beautiful room and service here is very good and personal. Bartender made a mistake on my drink and it was fixed promptly and made well the second time. The food was very good but not five star because of the following quibbles - Caesar Salad was an unusual but uninspired and indifferently executed preparation, House made Italian sausage appetizer was served little more than lukewarm (why?). On the other hand, the Tortelli and sauce were superb as was the Swordfish special. And they served us a very nice complimentary birthday dessert. It's a pleasant, friendly place with very good food - could perhaps just use a little more inspiration on some of the final preparation in the kitchen to get to that five star rating.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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