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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (47)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
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Romantic (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Authentic (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Seasonal (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Casual (20)
Cozy (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Business Meals (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fun (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Vegan (5)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·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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·Dined on January 12, 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 12, 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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·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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·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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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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·Dined on December 29, 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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vip
 (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 28, 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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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Columbus. Every year I come in town for the holidays I make sure I come here. Food, service, and atmosphere is always perfect.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is my go to place for special occasions. I like that they have seasonal menus with old standards as well as creative options. We always start with the cheese board. I have a friend who is picky about tiramisu and gives theirs two thumbs up. I recently ordered the Wild Boar Duo which got rave reviews from all at the table...and I had a great lunch the next day.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I unlike other times I’ve been there- I was there early and experienced Very slow food service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Four in our party. None of us walked away impressed with our meals. My chicken parmigiana was very weird tasting and that same taste was in all the meals but couldn’t put my finger on it. Will not return. Service was great though.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Z Cucina is our favorite local restaurant for Italian-oriented fine dining. Compared to most restaurants, the noise level is low and kitchen noise isn't a factor. Season menu changes and specials are always interesting. Last summer green lip mussels from NZ were available. Our experience with wait people has always been top notch with smooth service and knowledgeable responses to our questions. Menu items that we recently enjoyed include the parmagiano risotto fritter appetizer, the shrimp and mushroom angel hair, and the smoked chicken pasta which was very smoky. Prices are reasonable for an up-scale menu and wine selection and drinks are good. Be sure to stop in early for an excellent happy hour.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was an unbelievable experience. The ambiance of this restaurant is extraordinary. I fell in love with the place before I even got a drink. Customer service was great & the food...my God! Where do I start with the food. It was truly amazing & I’ll highly recommend this place for a date night or special occasion for sure but everyday dining is fine as well

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lots of unrealized potential. Good food. Very slow kitchen and entrees had the wrong or missing sides. Too many great alternatives, they need to up their game. Or maybe just a bad night as I really wanted to like this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

great food, great atmosphere. One of the best dining spots in Columbus!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Z Cucina has a very diverse menu which changes regularly. The food is always fabulous!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Everything is scratchmade and absolutely delicious. It is fit for a foodie! The staff are wonderful too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

My wife and I were visiting from another city and enjoyed a wonderful evening. Great carpaccio appetizer, inventive cocktails, and unique menu with seasonal locally inspired entrees. Excellent ambience and A-plus service, highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Took a very long time to get our food with no information from wait staff.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I recently sent OSU physicians here for a recruitment business meal and they had nothing but good things to say. Food wonderful, atmosphere quiet but was a bit more expensive than expected. Will use in the future.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Another excellent meal and Doug and Robb as servers just make it all a great dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We sampled a lot off the new winter menu and everything was great! The parmigiana brûlée and pumpkin ravioli were surprisingly delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Z remains our favorite, go-to neighborhood place for great, comfort food. Always excellent!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

GREAT food.
Even greater service.
This place was perfect to satisfy a meat eater like me and "as vegi as possible " teenagers I dined with.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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