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Zona 78, Tucson, AZ

Zona 78

4.4
4.4
300 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Zona 78 is Tucson family owned and operated.

*Patio seating is first come, first serve.*

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 296-7878

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    German Otta

  • Catering

    See our menu or call to personalize your catering needs.

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Cross street

    Rancho Esperanza

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Suntran stop in front of restaurant

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. n

    nancycg

    Tucson

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Usually items on the menu are consistent with flavor and cook. This time it missed the mark on a few items. Out of a sauce for two of the orders and the sauce on the other did not resemble the usual....meat needed to be small ground and not large chunks. Left a large portion behind. Oh well....it happens
  2. CG

    ChrisG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trout dinner is perfect. I can't deviate from that menu item. Service is friendly beyond average. The cannoli, though, probably thawed from frozen -- pretty average.
  3. CS

    CSAT

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    App won't let me tap on moderate noise. Meal was delicious. Always love the trout. Pasta restaurant should do more seafood! Service a little inconsistent.
  4. HB

    HeidiB

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a quiet Friday night and we were quickly seated. I had the Rigatoni Bolognese and it was delicious. There was a $13 charge for the garlic bread and it was well worth it. The bread is made there and it was airy and flavorful. I could have made a meal of just the garlic bread. Our server Ashlee was attentive and there when needed. Overall a wonderful dinner. We will be enjoying the leftover garlic bread with tonight’s dinner. Yummy!
  5. LG

    LindaG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place. Everyone is very friendly and the food is fresh, made to order, and delicious. Standouts are the charcuterie board options - ALL OF THEM - and the pizza. They also have rainbow trout and pasta dishes. Really fun drink options and they often have specials. We go about every other week.
  6. M

    Mike

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food and drink. Strange music and TV. Service was swift.
  7. BH

    BeverlyH

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a bottle of wine with our lunch for Father's Day. Service was very good, and the food was really good. We will be making this one of our to go places when dining out.
  8. TR

    TimR

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The rise in prices was a surprise 80$ for pizza and salad for 2 is high
  9. ZM

    eZMoney

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for friends to gather for a terrific dinner and drinks. Service and food were excellent. Zona's has been a favorite of ours for years.
  10. r

    rayw88

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant has a very professional staff which I appreciate.
  11. MD

    MaliaD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The Cesar salad was underdressed and wilted. The shrimp pasta dish with pepper Alfredo sauce bland and the pasta too dense. Our appetizer of calamari had more fennel rings than calamari. We had guests in town and this place was recommended. We will not return.
  12. LM

    LindaM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really great pizza, thin crust, wood fired, recommend the Tuscany. Great wine list.
  13. k

    karenh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the host to our server everyone was great. Being gluten free I’m always changing what I order and they were very accommodating. Great food!
  14. G

    Gustoman

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice Mother's Day Celebration! Mt bride had the Salmon Primaverra with Spaghetti Squash and I had the Rainbow Trout. Both meals were exceptional and our server Jonathan was great!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Great wine Great atmosphere
  16. LI

    LisaI

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adding a good bread would increase value. Noise level hard for me
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very disappointed with what was one of our favorite restaurants in Tucson. It seems everything has gone downhill. The costs has gone up dramatically and the service was far less than acceptable. We weren’t told of the specials, we had to track down someone to refill our drinks, you can’t hear yourself think much less have a conversation, because the music is so loud. All of this was at 5:30, well before the normal rush. The staff was busy talking to each other rather than serving the customers, Just very disappointed. The food was very good as usual but not sure we’ll be going back.
  18. TM

    TraceyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was fabulous! Will definitely go back when I’m in the area again.
  19. JO

    JohnO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The restaurant did not enough staff. The service was extremely slow.
  20. CH

    CharlesH

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pasta perfectly cooked. Meatballs hard, dry. Wine offer good. Red sauce a bit acidic for my taste. Pizza tasty and good crust.
  21. RB

    RBAZ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Sadly this was a pre—covid favorite that has gotten lost along the way. The food was not quality. Calamari used to be great, it was lukewarm and there was very little sauce. The chicken Parmesan was a lump with melted cheese on top, very little sauce on cold pasta. Only thing that saved the evening was that the server was pleasant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    It was a great night!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We had a lovely evening sitting outside on the patio. Great service, good food and perfect weather added up to a great evening! I had the eggplant parmigiana and my husband ordered the salmon plate. Both were good but the salmon was outstanding! It was cooked to perfection with yummy vegetables on the side. This place is very busy and popular but the noise level outside was great! A nice evening!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zona 78 has been one of our favorites since we moved to Tucson six years ago!
  25. DT

    DonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not good at writing reviews - first time there. Enjoyed the food, but a little bit noisy for conversation. My compliments to the staff.
  26. WM

    WaltM

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a bad experience at Zona 78. Adrian was a good server as were his assistants.
  27. SS

    StaceyS

    Charlotte

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The pasta was over salted but the eggplant parmesan was exceptional.
  28. DB

    DavidB

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Zona 78 never disappoints. Food is always very good. Service is friendly and professional. It’s too bad they are in a linear center on a busy street where a really nice outdoor patio is not possible … but the food always overcomes that one tiny shortcoming.
  29. MI

    MICHAELR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and served in a timely manner. Waitress was very personable and attentive
  30. LM

    LisaMaria

    Tucson

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday night special = Lasagna, and it was delizioso! If you’re a whiskey fan the Tribeca won’t disappoint. Our server was fantastic and hopefully we’ll see him again next Friday!!!!
  31. TS

    TucsonS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Weak drinks as bar ran out of bacardi. Never brought side salads that we ordered with meal. No one managing our table. Will not return.
  32. BK

    BeckyK

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We came as a special occasion. Food was great as always.
  33. g

    garym

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zona is back ! Best value in Tucson for very good Italian food . home made antpasti, Great service .
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food,cocktails and service
  35. JM

    JimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We always go here when we visit Tucson. Food is really good!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was Valentine’s Day so it was very busy. It took 1 and 1/2 hours to get the food. We saw people that came in after us eating first. The food was delicious, I had the rigatoni it seemed it had been sitting in an oven for awhile, it was a little dry. Also only had two small pieces of sausage. My mother had the lamb gnocchi and it was lukewarm, the taste was good.
  37. MK

    MikeK

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner experience and the food is always excellent.
  38. BB

    BrianB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our experiance was just OK. To be fair it was Valentine's day and it was a bit crazy. The food was good and portions were good sized. I would give it another try to be fair.
  39. MW

    MarieW

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shea was very good, polite & came back often & checked on us the salmon was excellent!
  40. TK

    TomK

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Eaten here before and we’re pleased. This was Valentines Day weekend and busy but understaffed. Slow service, food that was not hot and underdone pasta on all plates. Very disappointed!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zona 78 using the Order Online button. Zona 78 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 296-7878.

Zona 78 is rated 4.4 stars by 300 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Zona 78

7301 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ 85715

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rancho Esperanza

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Suntran stop in front of restaurant

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    German Otta

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (520) 296-7878

  • Catering

    See our menu or call to personalize your catering needs.

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