over the christmas holidays we made reservation for 6. due to inclement weather that evening one was not able to make it. when we arrived and informed the hostess of our reservation they said they would no longer honor our reservation since we now had 5 instead of six and would have to make new reservation. i have never been treated like that at another restaurant. needless to say i will never go to zia's again or recomment anyone else to patronize zia's.
Had a terrific meal, though not so good on the service. The salad and dinner were excellent. Server failed to ask if we wanted drinks other than water. Failed to ask if we wished to order appetizers. Then didn't bother to inquire about dessert afterward. Server was more interested in the table of eight that was seated after us. They got drinks and appetizers!
One of the best on The Hill. The salad is simple, yet perfect. The veal and stuffed mushrooms are great, as are all the pastas. You can't go wrong at Zia's.
Nasty food, bad lighting, don't understand all the hype. I went to Zia's for a work luncheon with fellow co-workers. I ordered the Pasta Con Pesce which is supposed to be: Linguine noodles prepared in a spicy cream sauce with shrimp, sea legs, clams, mushrooms and a touch of marinara sauce. Instead I got a plate of linguine that was drowning in orange sauce. It was gloppy and the "seafood" and mushrooms were hardly recognizable until you scraped the sauce off. The "sea legs" were not fresh crab legs, but instead were imitation crab chunks and the mushrooms were watery and of the canned variety. The whole dish looked like it had been poured out of a can. The dish tasted like it had been old...as if it was leftovers...it seemed reheated. There was nothing fresh about the pasta dish whatsoever. Their salads were also dismal. A few iceberg lettuce leaves with a few diced tomatoes then buried in Provel cheese with too much dressing. The only redeeming quality of Zia's is the Italian bread. The lighting in Zia's is also pretty bad. It's so dim in there that your eyes take a while to adjust...maybe they do this so you can't see what you're eating and that might make it taste better. I feel this restaurant was over-hyped for the quality of the food they churn out. It's sad to say that Olive Garden tastes better than this place...and that is in no way a compliment. I recommend finding another place to eat Italian food...because this place is far from it.
Great Food, Great Experience!. We had a completely wonderful experience. The service was excellent, thank you Becca! The food was fantastic and the ambiance was very relaxing and enjoyable. We had a fairly large party and no one was disappointed. Not sure why there are several negative reviews here, but we were very happy with our evening. Would highly recommend Zia's to others and will be planning on visiting again next time we are in St Louis.
Italian Food...? No it isn't...unless you like Olive Garden. Visted St. Louis and wanted to check out The Hill. Love the look of the Hill area neighborhood. Expected alot from our visit to Zia's. Left very disappointed. Perhaps one day this place served authentic Italian food but it certainly wasn't on this visit and something we were looking forward to. This Italian restaurant does not offer authentic Italian food IMO. Sauce was consistent with what the Spaghetti Factory or Olive Garden (even OG may be better) may serve or what you would expect from a jar of Newman's or Classico. Cavetelli noodles weren't noodles but just a dried style pasta shell, it's not the type an authentic Italian restaurant would serve. If you have had an authentic Italian food experience or are of Italian heritage yourself (I am) and used to your Mom's, Grandma's, or Aunt's real Italian food, then you will be disappointed here. It is a night and day comparison from poor Italian food to great Italian food and an easy comparison to make here, it just isn't...good. Meatballs, all meat and no character, hard and not like Grandma's authentic ones, again meatballs should not be hard balls of meat and spices, but a moist meat combo of beef, pork and veal and softened with milk soaked bread and egg and hints of garlic, the ones they served were heavy bombs. Linguini and Clam sauce..usually served with a white or red sauce. We had white, but it was full of cream...not authentic, white sauce with clams should be white wine and clam juices NOT a thick cream sauce..again, not authentic. The best part was the sesame seed topped Italian bread. Our waiter was very good. I will go back to The Hill and this time do better research on the best Italian restaurants there. Not sure why it's this way, the owner, the chef? But what a bummer!
A night out at Zia's for a 85th b-day.
Saturday night 12 of us took my Mom for her 85th b-day to Zia's. They were totally packed. We got there about 7pm and we were sitted about 8:20. They had some other large parties as well. So I was concerned how our service and food would be. I cannot tell you how they bent over backwards to make this a wonderful dining experience. I had the seafood ravioli and it was awsome. Everyone at the table was pleased with the food and I felt sorry for the waiter he must have had to repeat the dinner special 5 times. I think some just were giving him trouble, but he just smiled and went on with the orders. We left him a hefty tip for his excellent service, I will be back!!! Thank you Zia's for making my Mother's Birthday a memorable one!
You can see why this restaraunt has been around for a long while. the food is outstanding, using nothing but fresh
ingrediants. everything home made. they even offer a great line of authentic italian desserts to finnish a great meal. the inside might be new since the fire but the recipes are still the same. you really can't go anywhere and get the quality / quanity /and service that they offer here!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to send Zia's such a great review. It is so nice to receive positive feedback.Have a great holiday.
Delicious!!. My husband and I like to try new places on our monthly lunch dates, this month we picked Zia's based on a friends suggestion. Boy was it worth it! We walked in a bit after noon on a Saturday and had a 15-20 min wait which we expected after seeing the tour bus parked outside. The atmosphere was great, casual and friendly. We were greeted with a smile and offered a menu to check out while we waited. Once we were seated the service was quick and friendly. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the foods and had some great suggestions. The food was perfect, I had one special and he had the other and they couldn't have been better. It surpased our expectations. We shared an appetizer, and each had a salad, bread, and entree and spent $40 including a generous tip for great service. We will definitely be returning...frequently!
horrible service. tried to order carryout for my sisters birthday and was rudely told that they dont do carryout on saturdays because they are too busy, too busy for my buisness i guess.
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