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ZaZa's Cucina

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622 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4049
+1 607-273-9292
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Ithaca, New York
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not what you expect. Service is average. Food is good but not outstanding. Not family friendly. It is good but not great.

Thank K S
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Calamari was cooked just right...salad was great...soup & veal Parm, also delicious...Margarita was one of the best...and the Tiramesu for dessert, perfect...

Thank Cost1942
Cincinnatus, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Disappointing. Stopped in for dinner with my wife and son whom we met near college. The place is nicely decorated with a comfortable feel. I ordered the veal chop saltimbocca, my wife ordered the Shrimp Florentine and my son ordered the New Zealand Lamb Rack. We had a couple of appetizers while we waited for our food to come out.... More 

Thank ronnie4946
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We attended a wedding reception at ZaZa's. Plenty of parking was a real plus for us. It was a typical busy college weekend in Ithaca and parking was a problem visiting down town. The staff was friendly, the bartenders were wonderful and the food was awesome. A large appetizer table was available as we arrived as was the open bar.... More 

Thank Francine K
Upstate, New York
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I have eaten at Zaza's several times over the years, but only twice recently. The first time, some time back the Blackened tuna was devine. No longer on the menu, a few weeks ago, I had the duck, but I thought I just didn't like duck. So, my pal and I decided to give it another try. On Friday night,... More 

Thank KSyrahSyrah_9
Truro, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten at Zaza's quite a few times over the years, and I am consistently impressed. Great atmosphere, decor, and food. A must for great Italian when visiting the finger lakes.

Thank pickyeater112
Ithaca, New York
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82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We waited almost a year after an absolutely terrible experience with a waiter, let's call him Adam, who verbally abused us. We had a wonderful server, let's call her "annie" who was attentive, despite having other tables with many people. The food was good, as always, portions large, prices fair. We're glad to be back.

Thank chris k
Mt Laurel NJ
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit here and I want to like the place. The service is excellent,the menu is full of great ideas but the food is not up to snuff. The veal chop was way over cooked and for $25 really missed the mark. The short rib with Gnocchi had lots of fat in the meat and was stringy... More 

Thank diamond4
Oslo, Norway
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I say semi-gourmet because it is nowhere near a Michelin star, but they do aspire to make more upscale food (which also means smaller portions), with creative and interesting combinations of ingredients. The quality of food and service is very good, but it falls short of excellence. Prices are high for Ithaca, but probably low for people visiting from bigger... More 

Thank Catherine L S
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Well, I've finally gotten around to going to ZaZa's, one of Ithaca's fine dining Italian restaurants. Upon entering I was totally impressed by the beauty and layout of the interior. I was already excited, I love a comfortable and welcoming eating space. The menu had a great selection of Italian dinners but for some reason my date and I were... More 

Thank Glen M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - US$28
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 622 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4049
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-273-9292
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?