Over the years Zesta Cucina has continued to improve on its offerings and decor, making it a first choice night out for any traveler or local looking for good Italian-style food. Our most recent visit (2/2/13) was to celebrate a birthday and staff and kitchen didn't disappoint. A nice starter service of bread and olive oil arrives shortly after you sit down. The bar (very well-appointed) makes a mean cosmo and also has an excellent variety of wine and beer.
Our table ordered salmon, crab cakes, ravioli, and a wonderful pasta salad. All were well-prepared. Over the years it's been a surprise just how good the seafood is since, being well-inland from the coast, it's can be hard to find good seafood in Central Washington. In the past we've enjoyed their steak and halibut preparations as well as their pastas.
Staff and even management were very friendly and accomodated us well (I think it helped that half our party are regulars). A year or two ago the interior was remodeled and it really added to the ambiance of the restaurant. The restaurant does get very busy at peak time so a reservation (they're on Open Table too) is helpful. Do sign up for their dining card program even if you only plan on coming back once a year.
I'd also take issue with other reviewers who seem to have a problem with the prices. Dinner for 4 (including appetizers, adult beverages, and tip) rang up for less than $140. The same meal in Seattle would have been well over $200 (!). If you don't like the heat, stay out of the kitchen...
The only "knock" we have on the place is its location. It's in a fairly large building and has to share its parking with a couple of bars as well as some retail outlets. At times parking can be an issue and getting back out onto busy Tieton Drive can be a bit interesting. But then, I'd be happier if they were in Seattle.
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