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Zona 78

78 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
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Ranked #78 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Zona 78 is Tucson’s premiere destination for artisan pizza, Italian specialties, and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits, and beers. We offer a little of everything at Zona 78: wine tastings, Tucson’s best happy hour and service that goes the extra mile. It’s no wonder Zona 78 is one of Tucson’s favorite restaurants. We are proud to tell you that Zona 78 has been voted Tucson’s Best Casual Dining restaurant, Best Family Dining restaurant and Tucson’s Best Happy Hour. “Life is Good” at Zona 78!
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83% Recommend
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Delicious salads, pizza, bruschetta and oh my, get the bread pudding!!! Lovely restaurant, very nice staff.

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Lahaina, HI
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We alway's enjoy their unique Pizza's, try the smoked pizza it is superb. The pesto chicken dishes are ok, but not up to par. The calamari isn't quite up to par. All in all it is a good place, and we enjoy it, just wish that the pasta dishes compared to the pizza. The management is great, and the servers... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The pizza and pasta salad were awesome! The chicken zeppole was good but not as flavorful as the others. The service was great! The restaurant was quiet for a Sunday at lunch. Looking forward to returning for the pizza next time we are in town.

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Fulltime RV
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401 reviews 401 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Surprised to see brussels sprouts on the menu as an app. Roasted with bacon it was a total winner. Wife had plank roasted salmon and it came over a bed of spaghetti squash - very nice. I stuck with my normal chicken parm, nothing unique, but very well done. All in all a very nice meal - we will return.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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159 reviews 159 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

After much research, we decided to eat here because we would rather eat early than late. So we went here because of their great happy hour. Yes, it is an awesome happy hour! We ordered the antipasti and some great wine for a great price. The antipasti was really good and the value can't be beat. The roasted caulifower was... More

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We've been here several times. Usually arrive during happy hour and get a starter and beer for a great price. Pizzas are good. Usually people waiting when we leave.

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Charleston, WV
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We started by sharing a Marguerita pizza--delicious thin crust, fresh tomato slices and basil and mozzarella cheese, perfect! Two of us had large sized salads, my avocado BLT was excellent, lots of all the ingredients, chopped for easy eating; the chop-chop salad also got high marks. The pork agnolotti were served in a broth rather than the ubiquitous red sauce... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We travel to Tucson with friends every February and as former east coast residents (one of whom is Italian American) we continue to search for authentic and delicious Italian food in Tucson. If any of you lucky enough to live in Tucson have suggestions, please pass them on! Anyway, to Zona 78. Strip mall location, very brightly lit, clean interior... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

General Manager Tavel Bristol - Joseph has taken Zona 78 on River Road to a higher level of excellence. My wife and I dine there quite often and have never left not being totally overwhelmed with how good the food is prepared and served by such a professional people. Last night was a good example of a professional staff person,... More

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Sedona, Arizona
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247 reviews 247 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Once I got past the fact I would be spending an additional $5.00 for the gluten-free pizza crust, and my friend offered to share that pizza with me, despite my friend not having gluten-free needs, I was thrilled with the Kiltlifter beer, their local Kale salad....yum...and then we had the Mediterranean gluten-free pizza and neither of us could believe this... More

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