Zona 78

4.5
255 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.*

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 255 people are saying
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vipklh1
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Zona's frequently and are never disappointed. The service, the food, the ambience is always wonderful.

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YolandaE
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Our server, Shay, was extremely attentive and friendly. We will definitely be going back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This was by far the worst Italian food I’ve ever had. I’d rather eat at Olive Garden, and that’s saying something coming from someone who is 75% of Italian descent. The alfredo sauce on my pasta had absolutely no taste, and the frozen shrimp I buy at the grocery store tastes better. The sauce on the calamari was super bland. I don’t know who runs/owns this restaurant, but they are definitely not Italian or trained in Italian cuisine.

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ColinW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zona 78 is a great spot for food and conversation. The staff are very courteous and helpful and you won't have to wait forever to get your meal. Great deals on wine and amazing dessert offerings. Highly recommended!

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RonaldR
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go for the humus with cilantro.
The service is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

They must be trying to make up for lost business from COVID, tables placed VERY CLOSE together, patrons from different parties sitting on top of each other.

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was nice, however the temperature in the restaurant was very warm causing others to go outside for some cool air.

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vipwannabejulia
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the Salmon and bruschetta. Appreciate the happy hour!

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BrianaS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Hayley was incredible. Recommended a great wine, and gave us a great first time experience. Looking forward to bringing out of town family members to try this place out.

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MaryS
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the food was great except for the “shared plate”/appetizer. The three of us shared the stir fried calamari and did not care for it. They were too rubbery and in a spicy sauce that did not have much flavor except for the pepper. We would much prefer the deep fried calamari we were able to order previously. Also we were disappointed that the lasagna was not available. Apparently it is only served on Fridays and we were there on a Saturday.

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professorgourmand
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recommend the cucumber margaritas to start—they're the best in town. As a vegetarian, I love the eggplant Parmesan and the Mediterranean gemelli, but my husband, an omnivore, gives a thumbs up to the baby back ribs and the Idaho trout. This is my favorite restaurant in Tucson!

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vipTeehouse
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met with friends and had a wonderful meal. Service was fantastic! The only problem was the street noise as we were sitting outside. I had the beets and goat cheese salad with salmon and it was a very generous portion of both salad and salmon. We shared some of the artisan bruschettas which were really delicious. Zona 78 is the place to go on the east side of town!

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Squidmanthecritic
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Idaho Rainbow trout is superb.
Pizzas are the best in town.

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vipAZdweller
Tucson
41 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wish you had more entree choices. Would like some meat options.

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MichaelH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service..

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love being able to dine outside but the road noise, and a pesky child, were pretty loud at times. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the bottle of wine was reasonable and tasty!

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SallyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Zona 78 is a favorite - so glad to get back to going out to eat! We always enjoy our time there.

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CarolG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio so not a lot of noise ex pet from the street. Super nice waiter. Food was delicious as was beer and have not been there since lockdown. I appreciate the patio since I am vaccinated but paranoid. Delicious as it was in the past. Glad they made it through this awful pandemic time.

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ScottH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, server was fantastic

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RebeccaG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was authentic food and happy hour was nice, waiter was very accommodating

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WaltM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were great. One of the best Chop Chop salads I hav eve had.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Zona 78 about a year ago and it has been our go to place for special occasions. Food, service and overall experiences have been great every time. Constantly recommend it to everyone for a really good experience for lunch, dinner and special occasions. We will be back!

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SeanV
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Drink and garlic bread was good but the main entree was rough. To drink I had the Blueberry Basil Mojito, was an interesting and tasty twist on the mojito. I got the Chicken Parmigiana as the entree and the pasta was not al dente(quite chewy), and the plate felt like it was missing any and all salt that was supposed to be in it. However I did try the Thai Chicken Pizza and it was pretty good. The waiter we had was nice and the service was fairly quick. I’ll definitely give it another shot, hopefully the other dishes aren’t as flavorless as the Chicken Parmigiana.

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vippryoraid
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Place was very handsome, the looks of a solid restaurant. Very nice ambiance and great service. Food however was not up to the same standards, like eating at a chain restaurant. Pasta unimpressive and chicken tough. Beer and wine selections were excellent and for extended family dinners probably a very good choice (they handled those with walkers and wheelchairs very well) but this is not for foodies.

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CharlyR
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Quiet.
Good place to bring out of town guests.

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vipnancycg
Phoenix
82 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A great local place for a good meal. The service was ok and we were treated in comfort!!

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MaryY
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun evening with friends.

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CherieH
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great choices!

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JimH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, excellent food, and exceptional service. Hector provided amazing individual service to each of our group of six. He provided recommendations about menu items, answered all our questions and alerted us to adult beverage specials. The restaurant was attractive, welcoming, and amazingly quiet for the amount of patrons. There was a great choice of pizzas which were excellent and came with a choice of soup or salad. The shrimp alfredo had a tasty cream sauce and the BLT salad was fantastic. Highly recommend this restaurant

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Shery
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Zona as a family of adults several times a month. My review is always the same....FANTASTIC FOOD AND SERVICE!!! Only one suggestion to make...bring back the skirt steak entree. It's the perfect dinner for someone who is a "steak and potatoes" kind of person without being potato-heavy. We always hope to see it back on the menu...is that the definition of insanity? And, YES!!! we have recommended Zona to many friends and out-of-towners!

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GaryH
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immediate seating with our reservation. Our waitress was wonderful: great personality, attentive to our needs, and a great conversationalist. The food for all four of us was very good and delivered in a timely manner. Good job by all concerned.

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JulieG
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed with the excellent service from Haley.

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NewYearsDinner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Regular go to restaurant. Would like to more choices on the menu.

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LindaC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zona 78 has excellent food and service. The servers are friendly and efficient. I have never gotten a bad meal there, love their fresh mozzarella. They have great pizza, this time however I got the Eggplant Parmesan.. delicious.

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MargaretA
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahi Tuna salad was superb! The service was impeccable. A lovely place to indulge. Thank you

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Isaac
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Undercooked pasta, pizza and too spicy, very small menu selection from last visit, special we came in for was switched from what was on your website. Basically spent $175 for garlic bread and the margarita pizza. Waiter was the one good thing about our visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Their appetizers we very good.

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StevenH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Noise level a little loud. Made it a little difficult for those of us who are hard of hearing to listen to each other. Overall we will return as well as recommend to others.

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Elby
Tucson
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to eat at Zona 78 and we were very impressed. It was our 44th wedding anniversary. Impressed with their COVID precautions and all servers wore masks. Food was fantastic! We had a first-time alone server (Camden) wait on our table. He was a little nervous, but did a great job with our orders. He had to go ask the manager two times about questions we had asked concerning the food, but that should be expected. The restaurant and the food was well worth the 45 minute drive from our house.

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CherieH
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Took a friend/team member out. Lovely dessert.

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 4.5 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.