ZaZa's Tavola Italiana

4.6
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507 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
ZaZa's Tavola Italiana offers an intimate, comfortable seating, where you can relax and savor authentic and fresh Italian foods as if you were at a Trattoria in the Italian countryside. Our pastas are rich and flavorful reproductions of "Old World" standards, such as our Rigatoni Abbruzzese or Paccheri Tartuffi. There are plenty of entrees for our guests to enjoy, like the Filet Barolo and the Pesce Bianco Spinaci, as well as insalates, antipastas and rustic brick-oven pizzas.
Zaza’s Tavola and Zaza’s Enterprise Inc. are not affiliated with any other restaurant.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious menu with some expected Italian dishes and plenty of new innovative Italian dishes.

DT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Fish and beef were swimming in sauce . Couldn’t even see the mash potatoes looked like soup

K
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My braciole was too salty. Over tenderized? Too bad because it did taste good. Everyone else happy

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have dined here over the years quite a lot but on this occasion lots of disappointment... it seemed they were short on wait staff...service was slow. The menu on the website is not what was available; not just one or two items but several...the website menu was the reason we decided to eat there. We understand that Rock Shrimp is seasonal but skirt steak is not...This was like a come on only to find in reality the same old menu...the website needs to be current. Cesar salad was extremely disappointing --we asked if the dressing had been changed...it has from expected traditional to nothing more than an oil and vinegar dressing...the salad was NOT worth it. Cannolis were uninspiring-shells almost impossible to cut they were so thick and filling way too sweet...it will be a while before we return.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there. Went early to beat the rush. Food and service were top notch

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was good. Food delicious. Energetic group of people there for a Thursday. Entertainment was the best. We all will return

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were seated promptly and the experience started off very nice. We were there on a Monday for a birthday celebration. There were a few customers but didn’t seem overly busy. Until it took awhile to receive attention from our server who said sorry bad timing there’s a large party in the other section. Poor management. If you know you’re having a large party, staff for it. Our water was not filled had to ask. The appetizers were good and the food was good. But not outstanding for the price. Everything just took too long. Some of the entrees were not plated properly such as the asparagus was drowning in the sauce for the filet. They did give us a free dessert for the birthday which was very nice. Overall not a bad experience just not something memorable.

F
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful eve I got and will definitely be back🍴🍷🍴

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the walleye special - it was outstanding great flavor cooked just right - an enjoyable meal

TS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere table for 6 was easily accessible noise level allowed easy conversation at table. Menu choices are ample allowing diverse appetites to be satisfied and each choice was as tasty as could be. Overall a thouroly enjoyable evening

TL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and enjoy the food service and ambiance of ZaZa’s.

p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful evening was had by all. The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding as well. Such a cute place. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone and will return.

TS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service is usually top notch and staff is very attentive. This was an off night and we were pretty much ignored after we were seated. The food was great as always.
We'll be back but with a little trepidation the next few times. Thanks

CN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our neighborhood gem! Great food and service.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to ZaZa" a few time this year > The Food was Excellent , we both thought it was some of the BEST Pasta we have ever had, might be a New Chef !! What ever it Was Fantastic +++

VM
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our dining experience was very enjoyable, the service attentive, and the food delicious. Za-Za's never fails to make an evening feel a bit more special, even if it's just a weeknight dinner. Our latest visit was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and our server kindly served us a dessert of tiramusi, on the house. The entire experience was wonderful.

JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining experience at ZaZa’s! Our 25th Anniversary dinner was no exception. We tried new dishes they were outstanding. Service was top-drawer as usual.

If you’re in the area and haven’t tried ZaZa’s, you are missing out!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quality Italian food a little on the expensive side

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant restaurant, and we appreciate that there is not a lot of noise. Easy to talk with your tablsmates.

FR
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was not acceptable, slow and very inattentive

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious! The herbed olives set at table together with bread and lemon are outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Especially the veal meatballs 😊

MA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my wife’s birthday! We love their food and the ambiance! Great place with great service!

FB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner with a good friend. We all enjoyed our meals and service!!

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place to eat either as a couple or with friends. Prices were reasonable. Love the olives with the bread. Cannoli was great.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

First time visiting ZaZa's, came because of the entertainment, Jeorge Holmes. He was awesome, as usual. Food is a little pricey considering that a salad is not included with the entree. The food was good and the portion was good. Might want a few more plain dishes...like just pasta with a meat sauce ...one member of our party was disappointed because they couldn't find that.

MR
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend told me that they had the best authentic Italian food and they were spot on. Food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

LT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we enjoyed an exceptional meal, outdoors, on a perfect evening.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Have gone many times but was very disappointed this last time. Asked for a quiet table and we were put in a back room and could barely hear ourselves talk. Two groups of six were very loud and everyone was trying to talk over each other. Our salad course never came, but then our waitress never bothered to be at our table much to check. Took 20 minutes to get our check and finalize the payment. Usually service is very good and we have sat in the front room which is much quieter. An expensive night that was very disappointing.

TS
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great!
Rhonda, our waitress was wonderful!

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service exceptional!

RM
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a good meal here—delicious! Exceptional service from Rueben. We take friends and out-of-town guests here with perfect confidence of a great time. We came on Friday. Our friends took us out here on Saturday, because they knew how much we like it!

PB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We go here frequently. We are ALWAYS initially given the table facing the restroom or the one staring into the kitchen. They seem to not to be able to accommodate a party of two. They accept too many reservations for the same time and don’t seem to know how to manage the flow. The manager tried to be accommodating. The food is always excellent but the crowd is too large for the space.

S
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

unfortunately, this recent dinner was not up to the standard we are used to here.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time customer celebrating two birthdays. Food and service was great. Would come here again.

MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time I’ve ever been even slightly disappointed. My dinner was good but was served lukewarm not hot (pasta / chicken parm). Took home a piece of the flourless choc cake, very very good but a very very small serving.

TL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter-in-law Birthday

DW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley was our server and made the evening that much better.

JA
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

ZaZa's is a neighborhood treasure, the food is consistently good and the ambiance is wonderful. The Amish chicken half was as moist and tender as a chicken can get, with a nicely browned skin, perfectly cooked green beans and mashed potatoes. My dinner companion raved about the sea bass. The only downside was the under-seasoned stuffed artichoke appetizer. This is the second time we ordered it. I remember being disappointed the first time, but I love artichokes so much I ordered it anyway. Unfortunately, it still needs flavor and seasoning worked into the stuffing. Otherwise, perfectly cooked. All in all a very good experience at ZaZa's!

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