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Italian Dining

food × wine × Art

To book May 25th, 26th and 27th- Click "Commencement Weekend Reservations"

We are open Special Hours

2:30 pm-10 pm on Sunday May 20th

2 pm-10 pm Sunday May 27th

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.

Cornell University graduate and General Manager Jamie Jensen rejoined the ZaZa's team in May 2017. Jamie brings with her a sommelier certification, 10 years of restaurant management experience and 8 years of event management experience. ZaZa's is now offering catered events, in-house parties, tasting dinners and special promotions. 


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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

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Marc Bardon 

Exhibit April 1st- May 30th

Artists Reception Friday April 27th 5-6:30pm

The Artist Reception will take place Friday April 27th from 5:00 PM -6:30 PM. Marc will be available to welcome you and to discuss his work. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and you are welcome to drinks and dinner. 

 ZaZa's Features New Local Artists Every Two Months: Marc Bardon is displayed April 1st- May 30th                                                                                                                                                                     

ZaZa's Features New Local Artists Every Two Months: Marc Bardon is displayed April 1st- May 30th                                                                                                                                                                     

About the Artist

Marc Bardon is an untrained, multimedia artist living & working in Ithaca NY. 

Marc's artistic influences are commonly social, reflecting both the shifting and sedentary characteristics of humanity & nature in the abstract. His work also explores memory, personal spaces, familial history and relationships.

The current work hanging at Zaza's Cucina, entitled 'Landschaften', is a series of landscapes created using different perceptions and areas of focus. The German titles are a reference to the artist's father, the soft color palette is a reference to his mother. Inspiration for these works was found all over the Ithaca and surrounding area

The wooden material used for Landschaften’s paintings and sculpture was reclaimed from the now-closed Phoenix Books' barn in Dryden NY. In hopes, this gives new life to these materials while preserving some of this area's rich history.

Marc hopes his work will exist as an examination of the human condition, including concepts of environmental influence, judgement, decision and action.  His work shows his passion for exploring & exploiting the lines of cause and effect which run quietly throughout our daily lives.

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The Artist Reception will take place Friday April 27th from 5:00 PM -6:30 PM

Complimentary Appetizers! Book your dinner reservations ahead of time, as we expect to fill up that night!

Discounts Promotions & Special Events

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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.

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Book Commencement 

Thank you for choosing ZaZa's to celebrate this momentous occasion with! Graduating from College is an amazing accomplishment and we are honored to serve graduates and their families!

Note that we are serving an extended dinner from 1:00pm- 10:00pm on commencement Sunday the 20th and 27th.

For booking Dinner on May 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th we require a deposit and contractual agreement. This may seem like overkill, but trust us, it is the only way to ensure our Guests each get an equally wonderful dining experience. We offer a three course price fixed menu on Cornell commencement to guarantee that our kitchen is able to produce the quality we strive for, regardless of the extreme increase in the number of Guests we serve those weekends. For IC commencement we offer the regular menu. 

To book a reservation you can fill out the attached form which will be sent directly to our event coordinator Jamie. If we can accommodate your group you will receive an email response with a dining time that is as close as possible to that of your desired dining time. Jamie will send you the commencement contract for that time slot, as well as the Cornell Commencement menu if you are booking those dates. You will need to e-sign the contract and fill out deposit information. If the process is not completed within 7 days, Jamie will call you to finalize details, walk you through the process, and answer any questions you might have. At this point you will need to have payment ready for the deposit, if you have not sent it already. 



Our Location

622 Cascadilla Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States


Major points of the contract include:

  1. The menu offered for Cornell Commencement Weekend is a three course price fixed menu at $55.00 per person and is attached to the contract
  2. The regular menu is offered for Ithaca College Commencement Weekend
  3. Reservations are booked for 1 hour and 45 minute time slots
  4. The deposit is $20 per person and is applied to the final bill for Cornell (Deposit is $50 per party for Ithaca College)
  5. The deposit is fully refundable by April 30th 2018
  6. Reservations may be altered by April 30th 2018 but if the guest count is altered we can not guarantee the same time slot
  7. Reservations will be cancelled if the party is 15 minutes or more late to ensure that all Guests get the experience of a full time slot
  8. If you are 15 minutes late, miss the reservation, or show up on the wrong day, the deposit is not redeemable 

The process should take no more than 15 minutes of your time and will guarantee a stress-free event for you and your family. This form helps us process your request in a timely manner. 

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