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“SO disappointing - has really gone downhill”

Z Cucina di Spirito
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Ranked #2 of 2,230 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd Street
Description: We specialize in rustic Italian cuisine with a modern flare. Handmade cheeses, bread, pastas and desserts as well as house cured salumi combine with an artisan wine list in a warm environment. Please note that we are open for lunch for groups of 8 or more with advanced notice. We also have semi-private dining options available as well.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“SO disappointing - has really gone downhill”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

We hadn't been here in a few years (it used to be one of our favorites) and decided to go for a special celebration. We had reservations, and when we arrived they didn't seem to know what to do with us, and sort of tossed us to someone who wandered around and finally gave us a table. We were brought a small basket of bread - cakelike texture, not warm, and rather flavorless. For appetizer, we ordered bruschetta with housemade ricotta and carmelized onions. The "bruschetta: were four large cubes of a thick, very soft, flavorless bread topped with a spoonfull of onions and a mound of ricotta in the middle. Very hard to eat, and quite mushy,, tho flavors were good.
Two of us ordered the crispy duck ... which was actually formed pressed duck rolls served barely warm on top of room temperature stewed cherries and carmelized oniions -- mushy, not good - we didn't even finish. Two of us ordered lasagne which arrived so hot that it took ten minutes to cool to eating temperture ... it was a big gooey mess that tasted like cheap pizza. We didn't bother with dessert as they were all mushy-types (gelato, mousse, tira misu) and why waste calories on bad desserts ?
We were all extremely disappointed and won't be back.

  • Visited May 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Delicious dinner”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

Grandview has many good restaurant choices for dinner.At Z Cucina we had an excellent dinner of homemade pasta and sauce. The seafood was fresh and flavorful. The bolognese sauce was the best we have tasted in a long time. The service was very good. The excellent meal followed by dessert of chocolate mousse convinced us that we should put this restaurant at the top of our list.

  • Visited May 2014
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Thank you for the review! I am very glad to know that Z Cucina is at the top of your list. With so many great restaurants in Columbus, I am glad that we resonated so positively with you. I look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spirito
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Current yet still with a feel of the old world elegance”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

The food is ever changing with the seasons and available fresh ingredients. The staff is well trained and Tony, the manager/bartender is exceptional.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Gary S
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Gary,

Thank you for your recent review. I am glad that you appreciate the Old and New World blend of what we offer at Z Cucina. We look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spirito
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Imagination Exceeds Execution”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

We had heard good things about Z, so my wife and I and another couple went on a Thursday night. The starter dishes were OK, though many of the pods in the roasted pea appetizer were tough, but the Pasta Carbonara that my wife and I split had to be sent back - twice! - for severely underdone pasta. I might have expected this from a restaurant that was in its initial shake-down phase, but Z has been there several years.This experience was very unfortunate because apart from poor execution, everything else was fine.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Wine Wednesday”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We have always had great food and service, top caliber ! My most recent wine dinner was 3 courses paired with 3 wines for $40!!!. Menu is innovative, unique and always wonderfully tasty.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Blosamundo
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you for your visit! I am glad that you enjoyed the "Wednesday Wine Dinner" that our chef prepared for you. We change this special dinner every week. If you have any friends that are vegetarian or vegan let them know that they are welcome to partake in the Wine Dinner as well.

Sincerely,
Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spiriro
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