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Z Cucina di spirito

4.8
1405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(614) 486-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jamie George
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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.
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Private party contact
Rick Ziliak: (614) 486-9200
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd Street
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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).
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Any changes or cancellations to Mother's Day reservations must be made by Friday, May 11 at NOON (E.S.T). Any changes or cancellations after this date/time will be charged $25 per person to the credit card on file.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1405 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing service and food!! Highly recommend!!! Our server was super efficient and the owner stopped by our table to thank us for coming in.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great experience

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First time and was pleasantly surprised. The food was outstanding!
Very friendly staff, we are diffidently going back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My friend had the swordfish with the lobster risotto cake and absolutely loved it. I was debating between the Opah and the scallops, and ended up going with the scallops after chatting with our server. She was right - the scallops were wonderful, and the portion size was perfect. There were four big ones and the dish was very tasty. Great service and experience all the way around, and our chat with the owner, Nick, convinced us he really "gets it." We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Z Cucina is always very good. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Table was too small, spinach salad was not good quality spinach

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good place for a tasty dinner with old friends.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Just sooo good, as always. Great spot, great food and wine, great service.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I've been here many times, so it's about time I showed some love. I recently struck up a new relationship and wanted to surprise and impress my special someone. I knew I could count on Z Cucina di spirito.

Z should be in the top 5 of every Columbus Bests list. The service is always phenomenal. Rick, the owner, is always there to greet you. He's genuine, warm, and it's a nice personal touch to have him chit chat with customers coming in or heading out.

In between, though, you're in for a treat. Fresh homemade pasta and cheeses, authentic original cooking. Plenty of options on the menu for adventurous eaters while keeping fresh takes on classic staples (see: their fabulous lasagna). I'm a carnivore but my gal is a lacto-ovo vegetarian and she was SO HAPPY there was such a wide variety of options. I actually went with a non-meat option as well so we could both share and have no regrets. The cocktails were inventive and the lemon cheesecake we shared for desert was perfect- texture and flavor.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Not sure why I chose this restaurant, but glad I did. The menu is diverse. Waitstaff fabulous but not intrusive. Greeters payed attention to detail before dinner and after. Parking may be an issue, just use the valet parking and don't deal with it.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I love the quiet, understated elegance of Z Cucina. The food and the experience were first rate as we have come to expect. My wife had a vegetarian option and found it to be a bit salty. My food was excellent and our guests found theirs so also. I was disappointed to find (after the fact) that the restaurant had not only called me, but had emailed me also, seeking confirmation of our reservation made with open table. This is a bit déclassé. Although we had made the reservation 3 weeks in advance, we were seated on the (enclosed) patio for an evening with another couple from Dublin who I was endeavoring to showcase the restaurant to, given that another location is opening near them. I hope the less than desirable seating didn't have anything to do with failing to respond to demands for verification. I usually do not make reservations I have no intention of keeping. If the restaurant doesn't completely trust open table, perhaps they should reconsider using it

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant before attending a Cirque Du Soleil show. Our reservation was for 6pm and the show started at 7:30pm. The restaurant knew about our time restriction and sat us the moment we walked in the door. Our server (Nick) was quick to greet us and help us with meal and wine selection to pair so that we could have the food quickly but without feeling rushed. The meal was delicious and the wine he recommended paired perfectly (while also fitting both of our tastes!). We were able to finish eating and cash out before 6:50, giving us plenty of time to get to the show. The service here was superb, and we will definitely be back! Thanks Nick and the rest of the staff!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding service and great food!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The menu was limited, so I didn't feel like it was truly an Italian restaurant. My date ordered the tortelli - which was basically a plateful of onions. My food was appetizing, but I was expecting more pasta's as it is an Italian restaurant.

The deserts were delicious! Overall, the service and ambiance was great -the main course was a miss for me.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We went to the restaurant for our 27th anniversary. The food was wonderful , service excellent and they gave us a complimentary dessert with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It was great, it was a great way to remember my trip to Rome. I enjoyed the Margarita pizza!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always have a great meal and a great dining experience at Z Cucina. This was no exception- the food was delicious and the service excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always an excellent experience! Delicious food, great atmosphere, and quality service.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I had a wonderful time at Z Cucina this past weekend. I went for a birthday dinner with my boyfriend. The environment on the patio was great and the service even better. The staff was very attentive and made sure we were pleased. We both got homemade pasta dishes that were exceptional. I will definitely be returning to Z Cucina for a nice dinner out and will recommend it to a friend.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great experience from greeting at the door to service and food! Have not been here for years but food was better than I remembered. We shared the crispy prosciutto flatbread that was delicious and the pork tenderloin entree was best I have ever had. The garlicky white bean purée and roasted carrots were fantastic! My husband loved the chicken parm and my daughter ate every bite of the lamb chops! Only disappointment was the ‘tortellini’ which came out as ravioli and way too much sauce and onions! The waitress tried to tell us that is how tortellini are made but after years of living in Rome we were not convinced. Anyway look forward to When they open in Dublin this summer!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food is good. The hosts and servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. The outer porch was welcome since it was less noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

It was excellent as usual. A group of friends catching up over a nice meal is usually a good time. If you add the ambiance of a nice restaurant with great food, nice people and attentive service it can turn out to be a special evening. That is what happened at tonight’s meal.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

What a great restaurant!!!! Ambiance, food, service was impeccable!!!
Kelby was our waitress and she made the evening even more fun and special:)

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Went with my fiancée for her 30th bday. The waiter was great, Rick the owner was very nice. They all made sure we had a great time. The food is great, Rib Eye is a must have as well as the Risotto Fritters. 100% sure we are going back. The price is very affordable for the kind of food you are going to experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had one of the seafood specials--if halibut is on the menu order it!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A great authentic local Italian restaurant with excellent homemade cheeses and unique dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Innovative,changing menus. Everything was delicious. If ever back in Columbus I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent meal. Charred peas appetizer was delicious and large enough to share. Tasty salad. Each of us had a different pasta and all were terrific. Gluten free pasta good quality and cooked properly , not mushy as can happen. Tiramisu and panna cotta were enjoyed by some of us for dessert. We were able to converse without shouting and could hear each other which makes for a more enjoyable dining experience .

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful! We loved everything about our dining experience. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable, providing helpful and excellent suggestions whenever we asked. The food was superb. We’ll be back! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was an outstanding experience all around. We came for a birthday dinner and we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The owner makes it a place you want to go... very few places today have an owner there to greet you by name and thank you for the business. The wine list is nice and very reasonable. Our dinners were very good... I noticed they’ve taken the food and presentation up a notch too.
We will be back soon and often.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is one of my favorite places in Columbus, always amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Wonderful evening, service person was attentive and very friendly. We were a party of four and all four meals were superb.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Ordered espresso and server brought it in a broken cup. After providing the feedback they replaced my espresso but brought it again a broken cup

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A wonderfully intimate restaurant. The waitress suggested an appetizer that was out of this world. The food was delicious. Everything was perfect except that the waitress made a mistake with my husband's order. He ate it anyway and it was delicious, just not what was ordered. We would definitely go there again when passing through Columbus.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful dining experience. The evening started out with a great server, Cheryl. She was very knowledgable about the menu and gave us a play by play about each dish. We were dining with friends and decided on the charcuterie and cheese for appetizers and I think the only thing during the whole meal we found lacking was the charcuterie. The meats were not very distinctive and didn't really taste anything special. I am a huge charcuterie fan and have had it often so I feel comfortable saying it was a little lacking. The cheese was wonderful as was the breads which we were told were house made. All of our entrees (chicken parm, manicotti, ravioli and lobster carbanara) were all delicious and ample servings. Wine was delicious also, nice to see a restaurant around Columbus with Montepulciano wine.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We arrived early for our reservation. They came and got us at the bar when our table was ready. We were greeted at the table by the owner. The menu was explained to us in very good detail. My girlfriend is a vegetarian. She had a lot of different options to choose from. The food and service was excellent. The portions were large.
This was our first time visiting this restaurant and it definitely won't be our last. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

From the moment we were greeted to the very end this was a perfect dining experience. Rick greeted us warmly. Our server was knowledgeable and very good. The food was perfect. This has become our go to place for Italian. Kudos to the chef - very well done

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was excellent! Server was attentive and made great suggestions

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