Zona 78

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$30 and under
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Italian
Zona 78 is defined by a dedication to create delicious, Italian-inspired dishes from scratch. From hand-tossed pizzas to carefully crafted cheese, there is
passion and innovation behind every morsel.

We proudly hold the distinction as the first Arizona restaurant to acquire a state
license for the culinary art of charcuterie. Our team brings expertise to your
“table”, producing cured meats and items such as bacon, pancetta, coppa, pickles and more. As a part of the charcuterie program, we have adopted a no waste practice, saving vegetable and whey scraps for local feed. We embrace methods of sustainability, because we want to please your palate and the earth too.

Zona 78 is Tucson family owned and operated.
What 67 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tucson
196 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Leo is the best!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great meal.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb!!

CF
Tucson
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Amy, positively magnified our dining experience and delicious food.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious but would like more entree choices other than pizza and salads. That being said, the pasta I selected was delicious! Service was excellent and the server was really friendly and helpful. Would recommend dusting the areas around the booths though, we were able to draw pictures in the dust on the room divider-type section next to our booth (where plants and stuff are placed.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived and were immediately brought to our table.. we did have a reservation but expected at least a small wait. Not so!
The server was attentive and friendly but did not hover. The meal was fresh and tasted like homemade, “real” food. Excellent quality and attention to detail. The ambiance was quite loud, but it was a busy Friday night with almost all of the tables filled with happy talking patrons, so some noise was expected.
Overall a great experience. We will be back, and will tell our friends!

GL
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Leo was excellent and took care of us. Professional, kind and helpful.

MG
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Zona 78 is one of those neighborhood places that often is overlooked because it is too close to where one lives. It shouldn't be. The food is always good, the service is good and we have never been disappointed in dining there. The noise level is my only problem but it is not so loud as to keep me from going back.

ES
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zona is one of my favorite restaurants where I meet up with good friends. We have gone to Zona for years. Never disappointed!

DF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have been going for years. The beet salad used to be the best. Now the beets are cut so small and the lettuce so big, it is not easy to eat nor is it attractive. I found the restaurant noisy and the service good, but have not been happy with the food the last three times I have gone.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great bit during happy hour service was slow and wait time for food was long.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We tried the "sauteed" calamari and I would not do that again! But each of the three people tried something different and each meal was delicious.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here a lot love the food
The sautéed calamari is soooo good
My fav is the Mediterranean pasta
Have had it at least 10 times & every time wsd was so delicious
I take half home cause its a huge portion!!!

LH
Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh and delicious. I had the wild caught calamari appetizer. The restaurant is cozy and inviting.

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

Excellent ambience, food and service. Will be back next time we're in Tucson!

JR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy our visits to Zona 78. My son was one of the first of the wait staff when you were first opened. So it holds a special place in our lives. Food was exceptional.

JO
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Zona 78 doesn't disappoint us. We celebrated our granddaughter's 17th birthday and all was fantastic. From the special blackened pork chop from a local source to the killer Butterfinger "off-the-wall" shake complete with a Zonut (doughnut), everything was superb. The service was excellent and we had a very enjoyable time.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

2 of the three people in our party ended up with food poisioning. Our initial server was great, everything else was mediocre

n
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy a good meal. My pasta this visit was a bit bland but that is not the usual. Good choices and our server was great.

VL
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and our service from Briann was so wonderful! Our new favorite restaurant!

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cucumber Margarita and the ribs. Great meal.

FP
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large servings, great wine list. Food very flavorful. They have great happy hour and specials. Only wish it was closer to my home.

DK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

S L O W service....not sure they had enough staff working

HK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered eggplant parmesan. The eggplant was hard and overcooked. My partner's spaghetti was fine as was mine. An hour later I had severe stomach pains. No salad included with the meal so it was pretty expensive. And this was my birthday dinner! I would not go back.

G
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Lovely, clean, and yummy food.

MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Old neighbors gathered with one back for a visit

DV
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We like Zona 78 for service and food however we went with a friend who has difficulty speaking and there a few parties going on. The noise level was more than we expected on a Sunday early afternoon.

OT
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I made a reservation the day before, as I frequently do through Open Table, only to find out upon arrival that they had no reservation for us. I was extremely disappointed because this dinner was for a special occasion. They seated at a table but not where I had requested with my reservation. We settled in with wine and cocktails when our waiter came over and announced the booth we had requested had become available and that and he was moving us to exactly where I had requested. I am not sure where the kilt had was but they rectified as soon as they could. BROVO to a great crew, wonderful food, and amazing service.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service

DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit to restaurant. Enjoyed the food. It was pricy but food was really good. There were screaming kids behind us so cut into the experience. Daughters birthday and the staff doesn’t do anything special (ie sing, special dessert) so great place if want downlow celebration.

TR
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

service was poor, just like our last visit a year ago, food was good once we got it, but prices have also gone up a lot, the value is just not there. Took 1 and 40 minutes to get salad and pizza, the check was another 10, waiting for a manager to remove free desert because the pizza took so long.

JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend and we both had the lunch special (small pizza and salad). The craft beer on offer (1912) was excellent, as always. Our server was outstanding; she even offered a tasting of the beer, which was very thoughtful. Service was prompt, cheerful, and very efficient. The lunch specials were up to Zona 78's high standards and were great. Overall, an excellent experience warranting a return visit.

DW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and comfortable atmosphere. The warm birthday donut was unexpected and melt-in-your-mouth.

n
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I nice place to meet up with friends. The service is a bit slow. If you are not in a hurry to place the order and to get the second drink then a good place

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2011
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Felt badly for the waitress, everything went wrong with our order. They didn't have the beer we wanted, didn't put cheese on the bread, and didn't hold the basil on my pizza. Still, the food was good, and we'd probably go back again.

W
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

One of our favorite places to dine. Excellent food, and services.

K
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2011
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent.
Beer and wine offered good selection

r
Columbus
64 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2011
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Third visit to Zona in past 6 weeks, this visit the food was a disapointment. I had the ahi tuna salad, my wife had the trout. Although the trout was very tasty, the portion size of each entree was extremly small. When we finished, we almost opted for a flat bread for dessert, but chose to go to a nearby Mexican place for round two (OK, we're not 'large,' I'm 5'8" and 155 and my wife is much smaller!). My guess is we ordered two of the 'lighter' meals, but non-the-less, was dissapointed.

TR
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

excellent as always - just perfect - Zona has the friendly team of employee's

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2011
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Go for the trout! Best you'll eat in Tucson.

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