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Italian Dining

food × wine × Art

Walk-ins always welcome




ZaZa's Cucina offers traditional Italian    cuisine with contemporary flair in an        upscale casual atmosphere.

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, as well as, exceptional imported ingredients to craft the most perfect dishes for each and every guest.


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(607) 273-9292



622 Cascadilla St.
Ithaca, NY 14850



M-Th 5p–9:30p
F-Sa 5p–10p
Su 5p–9:30p                                       


Seasonal Cocktail List Updated Regularly 

ZaZa's Supports Local Artisits


Monroe Payne 

Exhibit: June 1st- July 31st

Artist's Reception: Friday June 22nd 5:00 - 6:30 pm

The Artist Reception will take place Friday June 22nd from 5:00 PM -6:30 PM. Monroe will be available to welcome you and to discuss his work. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and you are welcome to drinks and dinner. 

 "Japanese Garden"  ZaZa's Features New Local Artists Every Two Months: Monroe Payne is Displayed June 1st - July 31st                                                                                                                                                                     

"Japanese Garden"

ZaZa's Features New Local Artists Every Two Months: Monroe Payne is Displayed June 1st - July 31st                                                                                                                                                                     

About the Artist- From the Artist

My name is Monroe Payne, and I’m an artist.

(You respond in a quiet monotone “Hi Monroe…”)

Being an artist is weird. You aren’t “normal” in that you don’t have a “job” and run the rat race like other people, you don’t do the same thing day after day for the money, and you surely aren’t understood by the vast majority of people.

You live your life allowing your little gray cells out of their cage, so they can do wild, weird and sometimes wonderful things.

I spent nearly 30 years being the reliable little drone, making widgets, taking measurements, delivering projectors, selling insurance and fixing electronics; absolutely NONE of which gave me any joy or fulfillment. I was always yearning for that release – the thing that would let those emotions and excitements out of their cubicles to do some really delightful things.

I cut the corporate cord in 2004 and went full time into my photography business – feeling the beginnings of that direction I yearned for – but not quite finding it.

Taking a class by Michael Barton from Aurora Illinois was the beginning of the change – making my photography just a little more than images and crossing the line into art; transforming the photographic image into something just a little more, personal and impersonal at the same time.

To those who appear in the images, it is very personal. To those unrelated to the subjects, it speaks in a totally opposite manner, bringing forth feelings that speak to them on a universal plane.

Photography is capturing emotion in light, and dark, and color. With just a little piece of the artist’s soul mixed in.

My greatest wish is for some of these images to touch you; to make you think, dream, wish or appreciate those closest to you.

Monroe Payne

 "Barcelona Lighthouse"

"Barcelona Lighthouse"

The Artist Reception will take place Friday June 22nd from 5:00 PM -6:30 PM

Complimentary Appetizers at the bar, open to all, no need to RSVP!

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Tasting Menus

On Select Thursdays Chef Curtis Radcliffe and House Sommelier Jamie Jensen pair up to create a multiple course tasting dinner. Each dinner features a new theme with exciting culinary inspirations and award winning wines. The tasting menu is offered in addition to the regular menu, and is booked reservation only. 

Follow us on Facebook or ask to be added to the list-serve to view the most current tasting menus. 

Next tasting menu: Inspired by California wine and cuisine: Thursday January 18th 2018- Reservations Only!

ZaZa's is available for catering and special events.  We have the ability to transform our space in a variety of ways to meet your needs. We can accommodate parties of all types and sizes, which makes us an ideal place for both social and business gatherings.  We guarantee we will work closely with our clients to create the most perfect package for each individual event, budget and personal preference.

Please contact us and we'll discuss sample menus and floor layout plans.  We look forward to hosting your next special event!

Menus range in price depending on type and size of event. 

Buffet, Family Style, Prefix, and Limited Menus offered. 

You can fill out the following form or email us at:

Event and Catering Requests will be processed within 24 hours!


Events & Catering Contact Form

We are a full service caterer that specializes in events both on and off site. We have a variety of styles and options to fit every need. Please contact our events manager Jamie Jensen using the form below.

Name *

We will take graduation reservations for Ithaca college and CoRNELL COMMENCEMENT Weekends 2019

THROUGH THIS PAGE starting ON aPRIL 1st 2019 

Reservations will be booked first come, first serve. 

The form will be available at 9:00am April 1st 2019.