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Review of Zia Cucina

Zia Cucina
Ranked #33 of 334 Restaurants in Waterbury
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Home made pastas, steaks, seafood.
Reviewed September 1, 2010

We met in Waterbury as a midpoint, and picked Zia Cucina based on its description and pictures. It was a fabulous dinner! The atmosphere is warm with lots of great prints on the walls, the service was excellent with full explanations of the menu items and of the options to make changes (aka very accommodating) and the food we ordered (3 appetizers plus two entrees) was top notch. Fried artichoke hearts were my favorite, stuffed meatball was his. I had short ribs with polenta, which were enough for two additional meals, and were better than home-made in flavor and quality of beef. He had the seafood pasta dish, fra diavolo, which was a little spicier than he'd anticipated, but was very happy with quality of ingredients and flavors. A nice bottle of chianti rounded things out! We didn't have room for dessert, but coffee and a little port were a fine ending to the meal. They have a private parking lot so safety is not a concern, and it's easy to get there from the highway, being right off East Main Street. We will be back, for sure!

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Reviewed January 1, 2010

To compare dinning at Zia Cucina verses any NYC restaurant would be a mistake! The NYC restaurants don't even come close. Yes, its located in an edgy part of town, but that is where you always find the great food. It's safe! Besides, walk around NYC and you will always be in the edgy part of town. Once you walk into the restaurant you are pleasantly surprised at the style of the restaurant. Yes, you can sit next to a small fireplace recently added, if you get the right table. Just went there for dinner. Wine selection is alway great, had the apple salad followed by the Risotto Amatriciana with Scallops (hope I spelled it right?). Scallops and protions were huge. Finished it off with homemade rum cake, a recipe from a one time Waterbury landmark bakery and capuccino. Spoke with the owner chef, she is great. Since I grew up in Waterbury and have spent a working career which gets me into NYC a lot, we compared a few NYC restaraunts and kind of chuckled about their food. Zia Cucina even has a couple of recipes dating back from the old 1249 West restaurant, long time Waterbury landmark restaurant; now closed; it was back when Sinatra use to escape the NYC crowd and go to eat in Waterbury.
I am a regular guy when it comes to eating and know I will spend a few bucks when I go to Zia. However, the total, food, service and atmosphere make it great experience. There are 2-3 great Italian restaurants in Waterbury, but this one, overall, is tops on my list.

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Reviewed June 17, 2008

Food was excelent, service was good, A very pleasant dining experience. Ambience is like being in a New York restaurant. Very unexpected and pleasantly suprised.

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Reviewed March 31, 2008

The restaurant is located in a rough part of Waterbury, Atmosphere is nice, service ok. Food was good. Portions are very good size.

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