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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