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“Good Italian Food with Cozy Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Zia Marie

Zia Marie
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Ranked #130 of 1,413 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Northwest Virginia Beach
Cross street: Seaview Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good Italian Food with Cozy Atmosphere”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've been to Zia Marie a handful of times this past year and really like it. The restaurant is pretty small -- it can get crowded at peak times in the summer -- but very cozy. I actually like it best in the winter b/c there's a glass fireplace in the middle of the dining room and it's a little less busy, I think.

The menu is fairly limited -- just two dozen or so basic Italian dishes -- but they're all really good (at least the ones we've had). The fried mozzarella appetizer is delicious (big square of fried cheese covered with tomato sauce). I can't remember all the dishes we've had (eggplant parm once, I think) but they've all been good.

This is a homey, friendly place with very good, low-key Italian food. Just time your visit so it's not a mob scene (5pm on a Friday in July was packed!).

  • Visited May 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Went here on recommendation from a friend. Reservations are a must, and you can do this on-line on their website. This is a small, out-of-the-way place with limited parking and seating. Friendly and prompt service upon our arrival. The (free) warm bread is very good. We had the roasted garlic and goat cheese appetizer. It also comes with crostini bread, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and a green pepper concoction that I've not seen before. Delicious! My husband had the eggplant and loved it. I had the veal parm., and it was also very tasty. This came with a side of spaghetti, which we ended up bringing home. The wine list is extensive. The food menu is hand-written on a chalkboard, and besides the names of the dishes, there's no descriptions, so ask your server! I'd say this is a moderately priced restaurant. For our appetizer, two entrees, and two glasses of wine, it was about $65 before the tip. All things considered, we were very pleased with our meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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388 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“The best Italian Restaurant in the Virginia Beach area”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Growing-up in a Italian-American house, I know how good Southern Italian food should be made. At Zia Marie, the food is better than I experienced growing-up. The staff are friendly and attentive. The place can fill-up ... So make a reservation.

Visited July 2013
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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not a place we'll be heading back to”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Went based on the reviews from Tripadvisor. Terrible appetizer, pretty good salad, bad entrees, pretty overpriced. The waitress was the best part, she was very nice. Had the chicken marie, was very bland and basic. Wife got the chicken marsala and the pasta was covered in breadcrumbs - was terrible. Both of us went home and ended up with pretty bad stomach aches the rest of the night. The place is cute with a lot of potential, but would not go back after that meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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Sunbury, Ohio
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic food!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Casual, friendly place with absolutely fantastic food. Kid-friendly. Moderately priced - we dropped $75 for a family of 4, including tip, and we ordered 3 desserts to go. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due to the service. Not bad, by any means, but a little slow as they just didn't seem to have enough waitstaff for the crowd. Definitely recommend.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank P R
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