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ZaZa's Cucina

622 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 273-9292
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Ranked #33 of 233 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: At ZaZa's Cucina Restaurant we offer the most authentic Italian food following the recipes of mother and daughter, Viviana Valenti and Flaminia Cervesi. You can dine with family and friends at one of our large main dining room tables, or you can enjoy a very private and cozy dinner near our fireplace, or at one of our dimly lit corner tables. Enjoy!
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English first
Chaumont, New York
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a hard review to write as the four of us that went to dinner were as diverse of a group as there could be. My wife and I have traveled quite a bit and enjoy a great dining experience and my nephew and his wife, much younger and less traveled have different things they are looking for at... More

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Candor, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Let me preface this by saying that I have been to Zaza's a half dozen times and have NEVER had a bad meal, including this particular time. The restaurant is unassuming from the outside. Inside I find it to be quite pleasant. There's a nice mural painted above the cooking area (I like the one in the bar at Binghamton's... More

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Great Neck, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

When you want fine Italian food, you probably don't think of Ithaca New York as a destination to find it! with a narrow minded approach like that you would not discover a really great restaurant called ZaZa's. We are in Ithaca about four times a year and each visit includes a visit to this great restaurant. it is very unassuming... More

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Horseheads
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We ended up at ZaZa's as our original destination was full. What a pleasant bit of luck. The food was excellent. The pasta was perfectly cooked with a fresh made texture. The walnut cream sauce for the mushroom ravioli was nicely balanced. Tasty - tell others how good it was good. There was an excellent selection of ports, cognac's and... More

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Long Island,New York
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This restaurant aspires to be more than it is. It has NYC drink prices and sophisticated sounding specials but it fails to deliver on the food quality. I ordered branzino with capers for $23. It did not come with the capers described and was a ridiculously small piece of fish and I am not big portion person. The chicken parmesan... More

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Dined here for a number of special events including a college sports dinner, pre-college graduation dinner with family and any time where I really just want the atmosphere and food to be special. Love it!

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Ithaca
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I go here just about every weekend now and never get tired of it. It is so comfortable, elegant and versatile. I love just relaxing at the cozy bar before my meal with a nice cocktail. Or I can take a date here for a nice dinner and get the same great food and service. I love the salmon bruschetta... More

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Ithaca, New York
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I want to address the last review posted on this site. I am a local Ithacan who frequents zazas because my husband and I LOVE Patrick (the chef). The attentive service and diverse wine menu were a pleasant surprise the first time I went, something very few restaurants in this town offer. I entertain my clients frequently at this establishment... More

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Ithaca, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I was there last night with a party of 17. We have two waitstaff because of the size of party, It was a slow night with mostly us and another large party. Our waiter(Bobby) had a pleasant personality and smiled, but the waitress (I think her name was Jamie) was terrible. Not once did she smile for our group. Yes,... More

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Ithaca, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

After having a so-so meal with family during dessert and coffee the staff asked the our table of 20 to move to the bar so another group could be seated, before we were finished or got our checks. We were there for a little longer than two hours. However at such an "upscale" restaurant and given the number of people... More

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