ZaZa's Cucina

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$30 and under
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Italian
Hospitality; it is what drives us at ZaZa's Cucina. We provide our patrons the complete dining experience by delivering excellent food, attentive service, and fine wine in an elegantly designed space. Chef and Entrepreneur Curtis Radcliffe combines his practical knowledge gained through years of experience in the hospitality industry and his training at the Culinary Institute of America to redefine the dining experience at ZaZa's Cucina. Curtis has led several kitchens as Executive Chef in the finger lakes region, including a Fortune 500 company. He brings passion, consistency and experience to the new ZaZa's. Curtis strives to utilize the best local and regional products, along with the finest imported ingredients available. He crafts dishes to highlight the quality of the ingredients we diligently source.
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GraceB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a lot of people the day we went which meant the service was lighting fast. Even so, our waiter was very respectful and gave us our space to eat even though there was only like one other table for him to busy himself with. Food was AMAZING definitely recommend all of it, the pasta is very well made.

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ShellyR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service!

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viptizzi
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pasta sauces were heavy handed. Overall an okay meal.

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vipBridgetF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and our waitress was great. However, the bar needs to be better staffed. We ordered drinks when we arrived which arrived quickly. We ordered apps and then the restaurant started to fill so when we ordered drinks with dinner the restaurant was swamped which resulted in us getting our drinks after we finished eating dinner. A little extra help in the bar is all that’s needed. I would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was excellent. This was our second time dining there with family and will make it a regular stop when in Ithaca.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was good actually very good. The service was not great. The server was working his butt off but they were clearly understaffed and this has happened here before. He had a number of tables so he was slow to check up on us so we didn’t order more drinks and said he was coming back with dessert menus and it was 15 minutes before we got the menu and then another 10 before he came back to see if we were going to order.

It’s Friday night staff your establishment, it does your food a disservice.

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Carla
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The food was, I am sorry to say, not very good. The date appetizer was overcooked (hard), and the calamari tasted like rubber. The fries were good. The seafood stew had by one guest was not great. The pumpkin ravioli was ok. I didn't ask the job candidate how ehr meal was, not wanting to highlight that it wasn't so good. The food did not live up to your reputation. Did you have different cooks working that night?

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JeffreyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Super friendly waitress. Were not rushed at all. Very relaxing. Food outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

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viptriathlete
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, a wonderful waiter, and we didn’t feel hurried or anxious-it was a relaxing pace for dinner for us. This was our forth experience at Zaza’s and we’ve had a great experience and delicious dinner all four times.

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BarryO
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best service in the area. Seating near the doors is a bit drafty, but food makes up for it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I forgot the waitresses name but she was phenomenal. Couldn't have asked for a better one.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love this place. We always have an amazing experience and the food is incredible. I recommend it to anyone visiting Ithaca!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall nice evening out with the wife. Good place for dinner parties, business gatherings and so on. High end Italian menu - alot of seafood. Yes, I will go back.

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SheriD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,great service,very professional, happy and clean environment.

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LynetteV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful but the truffle fries were out of this world!! Highly recommend.

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CandiceB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, the food was excellent quality and the atmosphere was perfect for a date! It is, however, rather expensive. Be ready to pay a decent amount.

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SarahD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My wife loved her salmon. I found the short ribs pretty good, but nothing special. Server was not very attentive.

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IanH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was OUTSTANDING

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Tish
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Valentines dinner with my husband.
Gnocchi was mush...over cooked. Salads were wilted, and focaccia was very dry.
Our waitress was outstanding...Ainslie❤️
Sadly, a disappointing meal.
I’ve had better food here in the past..hopefully will again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines Day date- we love ZaZa’s. This evening was - as most- excellent particularly considering it was very busy. The sauce on one of our dishes did seemed to have been overlooked- not added. This was a disappointment for the correction/sauce came as the dry pasta was almost gone - using the moisture of the clams.
Though occasionally these things happen anywhere.

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KenJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbly prepared food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with attentive service.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and great service! Food was amazing and romantic for our anniversary!

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LIT9699
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Drinks were quite good as well - we had margarita's!

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LeniH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Totally enjoyed the food. Service was friendly but fairly slow considering that it was not very crowded. One reason I love to go to ZaZa's is because it is quieter than any other restaurant so we can actually hear each other. Imagine my surprise when it turned out there was live music, which I would normally love, but in this case found we had difficulty hearing each other over the music. Still, we tipped the guitar player who never stopped playing for the 2 1/2 hours we were there!
When making reservations you ask if we are celebrating a special occasion. In fact, it was my birthday. But there was no mention or recognition of that fact by the waiter, so I wonder why you ask?

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Bodah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a quick overnight trip to Ithaca with my husband just to get away and happened to find ZaZa’s Menu online. We were more than pleased with everything, the food, ambiance and service. Had a great time and will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a quiet night and was great for catching up with my friend. Waiters were helpful and friendly when I asked for recommendations. The live sax music was also amazing

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CharlesD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Might have just been a bad night but the food was bland, which surprised me and the service was not as attentive as in the past.

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vipKristenV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it so much!!!! Such a pretty place and the live music was amazing! Food was delicious! We will definitely return!

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my first time at this restaurant and it was very nice. Food was great but a little pricing. the portion size were great. I will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The artwork was fantastic!

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DonnaLucille
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my parents 64th wedding anniversary and everyone made them feel special. It was a great evening. The food was wonderful!

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SaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lot of fun on New Year's Eve! The food was great!

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DeborahL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I've had at ZaZa's. In fact, everyone at our table enjoyed their meal. The waiter was excellent, attentive and professional. There was music for New Year's Eve which was a lovely addition.

ZaZa's Cucina
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Deborah! We're so glad you decided to spend your New Year's Eve with us, and we're thrilled that you enjoyed your evening here. We hope to see you soon in the New Year!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement celebration

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Lainey
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were in for my sons early college graduation. The service was so slow we had to ask the hostess for bread and water. Our drinks took forever. The wrong dish was brought to me. Everyone finished their dinner and I still had not gotten mine so I asked for a salad which also took a long time. They packaged up my dinner which I never got to eat as we were staying in a hotel and I had no way to eat it.
Everyone else’s dinner was really good though.

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EdwinL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Daughters graduation - have eaten at ZAZAs several times over the years & they are consistently good. Very dependable and good service - one of the best places in Ithaca if you are visiting Cornell.

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McAwesome
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, homemade noodles and even the gluten free noodles were great. Overall it was a great experience and we will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was very nice. Highly recommend

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LeeM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food was great. It was hot, fresh, and delicious. I have the lobster ravioli and my husband the Duck. We also ordered a calamari appetizer. The restaurant was holding a catered event in the middle of the restaurant which made it extremely loud for all of the other guests. Not to mention they shoved all of the other guests into a little corner of the restaurant. It seemed like we were imposing on someone’s private banquet. It was awkward. And loud. Our server seemed preoccupied with other things, but was nice and met our needs. For the price you pay coming here, I was really disappointed in the ambiance. Our romantic, celebratory anniversary dinner that we made reservations for turned into an awkward and very loud meal. We left as soon as we finished our main dishes to get away from the noise (and the people that were literally dining 1 foot away from us) so I cannot comment on the dessert.)

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daita
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food all seemed a bit overdone and took a long time to come out (probably because it was being cooked too long) but the service was friendly, wine list was good and reasonably priced, and the food was still tasty despite being overly cooked.

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