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“Still Going Strong”

Z Cucina di Spirito
Ranked #2 of 2,234 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Columbus, OH
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137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Still Going Strong”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Z has become a staple on the Grandview Ave restaurant scene over the past few years and we've been going there since they opened. Sometimes it seems like places get complacent and "mail it in". We've had really good meals there as well as a couple of just "good" meals over the years; after all not every dining experience can be a home run right? But they’re very solid experiences at Z which is why we go back regularly.

We dined last night at Z and it was truly one of the best meals I've had anywhere--let alone there. There is a new summer menu and what I had was great. My wife seemed to enjoy hers as well.

I had the seafood linguine which was full of mussels, large shrimp and fish. The noodles were good but the broth it is served in was fantastic! It could easily have been a Cioppino and I would have loved it even more I think. And as I think about it they may have had a vegetarian Cioppino on the menu. I also had a summer salad from local produce (according to the menu). My wife had a salad and mussels that were "stuffed" with crab meat. She said they were great.

One of the best things about Z, in my opinion, is the level of service you get from not only the staff but the owner. I can't recall a time he wasn't greeting guests at the front door and stopping by tables to check on everything. That has to get old for him after awhile, right? But he is enthusiastic and sincere in wanting to make the dining experience the best it can be. Very hands on. Anyway our server Misa did a good job and we sat outside under the covered patio and it was great. Their version of Sangria was good too—perfect for this weather.

If you haven't tried this gem stop by--you'll be treated like family in no time. And if you haven't been for awhile for whatever reason the new menu is a winner.

  • Visited July 2014
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Thank you for writing, in such detail, of your recent experience at Z Cucina. We appreciate your visits and hope to see you back soon.
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Columbus, OH
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent atmosphere and service!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently ate at Z Cucina for a girls night out for birthdays. We had an excellent meal, attentive service, and the atmosphere was beautiful. It is a very simple, yet classy restaurant in the middle of Grandview that is walking distance to shopping and parking was very convenient.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank lmgels
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you for bringing in your group to celebrate. I am glad to know that you enjoyed all of the aspects of your experience!

Sincerely,

Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spirito
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a great dinner!”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Z is always wonderful! The melon Gaspacho was delicious! Risotto Fritters perfect as always! Great service, the owner Rick is always available and no detail missed! Beautiful patio, one of the best in town!!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Dfrogers
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, June 28, 2014
Thank you for the visit and the review. I am glad your group had a great time on our newly designed patio! We hope you are able to return soon.
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Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spirito
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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food in an inviting atmosphere.”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This restaurant is now a regular spot for dinner. The owner, Rick, greats everyone warmly and makes sure everything is done correctly. A must stop in Grandview.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Jeff7711
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rick z, Owner at Z Cucina di Spirito, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Thank your for taking the time to write a review of your experience at Z Cucina, We all do our best to impress every night and I hope that you can come back to see us soon.

Sincerely,

Rick Ziliak
Owner, Z Cucina di Spirito
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ohio
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“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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1 Thank Elizabeth B
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