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“Italian Supreme”
Review of ZaZa's Cucina

ZaZa's Cucina
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Ranked #22 of 268 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$28
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Hospitality; it is what drives us at ZaZa's Cucina. We provide our patrons the complete dining experience by delivering excellent food, attentive service, and fine wine in an elegantly designed space. Chef and Entrepreneur, Curtis Radcliffe, combines his practical knowledge gained through years of experience in the hospitality industry and his training at the Culinary Institute of America to redefine the dining experience at ZaZa's Cucina. Curtis has led several kitchens as Executive Chef in the finger lakes region, including a Fortune 500 company. He brings passion, consistency and experience to the new ZaZa's. Curtis strives to utilize the best local and regional products, along with the finest imported ingredients available.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very good Italian food with quietly efficient staff that were there when needed but not overbearing. The beet salad was wonderful and if I had less manners, I would have licked the plate to gather up the last drops of a wild mushroom cream sauce that adorned the home made pasta' finished with a very good crème brule (so a little French can't hurt, right?). All in all a very nice dining experience. Make reservations as the restaurant is popular but know that the building is large, tables are well apart and the end result is a quite and comfortable surrounding.

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1  Thank David B
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Ithaca, and that is saying a lot! The service is also top-notch, among the best I have ever experienced. It is expensive, but it is good value. The quality of the food always matches the price.

1  Thank Jeramy K
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We ate there last Friday night. We had to change reservations to accommodate more people and they were very helpful. Food was fantastic, service was very good. The homemade pasta was delicious. The only negative was an appetizer of fresh Buffala mozzarella was served cold instead of room temperature which brings out the very best flavor. Make reservations, they are needed.

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1  Thank Lenny C
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Great Pasta and nice place In downtown Ithaca. Must make a reservation because it gets full quick. Nothing bad to say at all.

1  Thank RayC007
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I have been to ZaZa's many times and have never been disappointed. The menu has many Italian selections, but not the same old fare. There are many Northern Italian choices and interesting seafood specials, along with steaks, rack of lamb, calamari, chicken and pork dishes.
The menu is a la carte, so your meal doesn't come with a salad. This makes it a bit more pricey, but there is such a great selection of salads and starters that it also frees you to make a selection you may not usually make if the salad was included.
Great wines and good service always make the experience excellent!

1  Thank Carol K
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