Zia's on the Hill

★★★★☆
  • 5256 Wilson Ave

    St Louis, MO 63110

    Cross street: Edwards Street

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  • 314-776-0020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

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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!
Laurie Esterlein

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★★★★★

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!
Laurie Esterlein

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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!!

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★★★★★

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!!

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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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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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Zias is the place to take visitors to show them the old Italian atmosphere. It's like a great visit to the past, bustling waiters, crowded tables, huge portions of heavy, cheesy, dark marinara type Italian food. Reminds me of my Aunt Gwen, who cooked just like this and always gave us a big, warm Italian welcome. The aroma of the rich sauces, the filled to capacity tables, the noisy, happy crowds of families all add to the experience.

Parking is very difficult and the lines are long indeed but you should simply expect this and make it a part of your overall experience. Avoid the weekends if you hate a long wait.

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★★★★☆

Zias is the place to take visitors to show them the old Italian atmosphere. It's like a great visit to the past, bustling waiters, crowded tables, huge portions of heavy, cheesy, dark marinara type Italian food. Reminds me of my Aunt Gwen, who cooked just like this and always gave us a big, warm Italian welcome. The aroma of the rich sauces, the filled to capacity tables, the noisy, happy crowds of families all add to the experience.

Parking is very difficult and the lines are long indeed but you should simply expect this and make it a part of your overall experience. Avoid the weekends if you hate a long wait.

Pros: Old-fashioned Italian atmosphere & food

Cons: heavy food, long wait, parking

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The best steak sandwich I ever had. If you are in St Louis, take a break from site seeing and go to Zia's. Order their Steak Sandwich on a Garlic Cheese Bread and you will not be disappointed. Its just that good. Try it out.

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The best steak sandwich I ever had. If you are in St Louis, take a break from site seeing and go to Zia's. Order their Steak Sandwich on a Garlic Cheese Bread and you will not be disappointed. Its just that good. Try it out.

Pros: Great Food at great prices

Cons: Parking

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My Dad and I went here on a Saturday night. Thank goodness we weren't too hungry. There was a near 2 hour wait for us but it was totally worth it. The service was great and so was the food. If you haven't tried to the seafood ravioli you should. Definitely homemade with a delicate pastry outside to compliment the seafood inside. We were wanting to get dessert but were just way too full. Next time we might try to share an entree or something. We already buy their pasta sauce at the grocery store since it's amazing.

So if you want to go on a Saturday night, don't come hungry or come early. When we left at 9 they still had a hefty wait. Fortunately, people started leaving instead of waiting so that helped us out. But the wait is totally worth the service and the food.

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★★★★★

My Dad and I went here on a Saturday night. Thank goodness we weren't too hungry. There was a near 2 hour wait for us but it was totally worth it. The service was great and so was the food. If you haven't tried to the seafood ravioli you should. Definitely homemade with a delicate pastry outside to compliment the seafood inside. We were wanting to get dessert but were just way too full. Next time we might try to share an entree or something. We already buy their pasta sauce at the grocery store since it's amazing.

So if you want to go on a Saturday night, don't come hungry or come early. When we left at 9 they still had a hefty wait. Fortunately, people started leaving instead of waiting so that helped us out. But the wait is totally worth the service and the food.

Pros: Great Food and Service

Cons: VERY busy on Saturday nights, parking

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I thought we knew good Italian. After all, we're from Kansas City. BUT--this dining experience was SO good.
My husband and I both ordered the lasagna and it was the cheesiest, sauciest, most delightful dinner. And the salad!! It is hard to decide which was better.....the salad or the entree.
I also have to commend our waiter. It is certainly no rarity these days to have a less than stellar
waiter/waitress. We were absolutely bowled over. Our waiter did not miss a beat.
He was prompt.
He was personable without being intrusive.
He was knowledgeable.
He was quick.
He was absolutely everything you would/could ask for in a waiter.
Although we don't get to St. Louis often, we will so look forward to visiting your eatery again.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. You truly have a gem.
Lynda

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★★★★★

I thought we knew good Italian. After all, we're from Kansas City. BUT--this dining experience was SO good.
My husband and I both ordered the lasagna and it was the cheesiest, sauciest, most delightful dinner. And the salad!! It is hard to decide which was better.....the salad or the entree.
I also have to commend our waiter. It is certainly no rarity these days to have a less than stellar
waiter/waitress. We were absolutely bowled over. Our waiter did not miss a beat.
He was prompt.
He was personable without being intrusive.
He was knowledgeable.
He was quick.
He was absolutely everything you would/could ask for in a waiter.
Although we don't get to St. Louis often, we will so look forward to visiting your eatery again.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. You truly have a gem.
Lynda

Pros: Best Italian Ever

Cons: There were none

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We went to Zia's because it was convenient after we had left an appointment at the hospital. We arrived with our child and were told rudely by 2 different female employees that there was nothing for him to eat. After eyes were rolled and our questions were snidely answered, we went elsewhere and had a great experience. Thanks to those rude employees we have discovered a new restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Zia's because it was convenient after we had left an appointment at the hospital. We arrived with our child and were told rudely by 2 different female employees that there was nothing for him to eat. After eyes were rolled and our questions were snidely answered, we went elsewhere and had a great experience. Thanks to those rude employees we have discovered a new restaurant.

Cons: Rude employees

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We had our sons rehersal dinner here a couple of months a go and i can not say enough about the food we did the spedini and it was awsome the sauce was one of the best i've ever tasted everything was perfect from the freindly bartenders when we arrived to the thanks for coming as we walked out the door i
can not wait till our next visit. Thank you Zias for making an important night so easy and enjoyable.

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★★★★★

We had our sons rehersal dinner here a couple of months a go and i can not say enough about the food we did the spedini and it was awsome the sauce was one of the best i've ever tasted everything was perfect from the freindly bartenders when we arrived to the thanks for coming as we walked out the door i
can not wait till our next visit. Thank you Zias for making an important night so easy and enjoyable.

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I would have to say that the staff here is absolutely fantastic. I have had the most wonderful experience with the owners of this great family run restaurant. The owner is a very passionate man who sincerely cares about his clientele. His daughter takes her job very seriously and does everything in her power to make sure the restaurant is run smoothly and her customers are happy. An overall wonderful experience with a quality staff that cares...a rarity in this day and age.

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★★★★★

I would have to say that the staff here is absolutely fantastic. I have had the most wonderful experience with the owners of this great family run restaurant. The owner is a very passionate man who sincerely cares about his clientele. His daughter takes her job very seriously and does everything in her power to make sure the restaurant is run smoothly and her customers are happy. An overall wonderful experience with a quality staff that cares...a rarity in this day and age.

Pros: Friendly Service - Passionate owners

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The food is just average, the portions are generous. Not even close to being one of the better places on the hill.

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The food is just average, the portions are generous. Not even close to being one of the better places on the hill.

Pros: great salad, huge pasta portions

Cons: Too many better restaraunts in the neighborhood.

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I love Zia's. It is the best of all the Hill restaurants. My husband and I love the huge portions and the great prices. It is nice to know that we can eat dinner for two for less than 30 bucks and have enough for lunch the next day! The wait can be a little long on the weekends and parking is sometimes tough but it is worth it. We love the Calamari- a must try!

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★★★★★

I love Zia's. It is the best of all the Hill restaurants. My husband and I love the huge portions and the great prices. It is nice to know that we can eat dinner for two for less than 30 bucks and have enough for lunch the next day! The wait can be a little long on the weekends and parking is sometimes tough but it is worth it. We love the Calamari- a must try!

Pros: Service, prices and great food

Cons: long wait

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the sauce is sweet. They make it so far ahead they put sugar in it so it does not taste sour! ICK.
i HAVE TRIED THIS PLACE OVER AND OVER AND ALWAYS DISAPOINTED. My guests were too!

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★★☆☆☆

the sauce is sweet. They make it so far ahead they put sugar in it so it does not taste sour! ICK.
i HAVE TRIED THIS PLACE OVER AND OVER AND ALWAYS DISAPOINTED. My guests were too!

Pros: good location

Cons: sauce

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I've eaten at Zia's twice, and both times have been incredible. The service is great and the food is outstanding. You can expect to wait a fair amount of time on the weekends, but all in all you are getting all of what's good on the Hill.
Andy
EatUpSTL.com

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I've eaten at Zia's twice, and both times have been incredible. The service is great and the food is outstanding. You can expect to wait a fair amount of time on the weekends, but all in all you are getting all of what's good on the Hill.
Andy
EatUpSTL.com

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Love it, love it, love it!!!! The atmosphere is nice for families or for a date-night. They have the best pollo picante, salad, bread and pasta. I highly recommend you order their seafood ravioli or seafood stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer if you like seafood. It is scrumptious!! I have not had any bad food there. What you get for your money is a lot of food, well worth what you pay for it. My husband I usually spend about $30 or more when it's just the two of us and that includes the appetizer and a glass of wine and a mixed drink. We usually always bring leftovers home. Get there early on a weekend night because it is so good that everyone goes there.

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Love it, love it, love it!!!! The atmosphere is nice for families or for a date-night. They have the best pollo picante, salad, bread and pasta. I highly recommend you order their seafood ravioli or seafood stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer if you like seafood. It is scrumptious!! I have not had any bad food there. What you get for your money is a lot of food, well worth what you pay for it. My husband I usually spend about $30 or more when it's just the two of us and that includes the appetizer and a glass of wine and a mixed drink. We usually always bring leftovers home. Get there early on a weekend night because it is so good that everyone goes there.

Pros: Quality of food is great quantity, awesome

Cons: wait time could be long if you don't arrive early on a weekend night

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As an educator, my patience threshold is very high, however, my six years of experience could not have prepared me for the awful experience I had at Zia's. When our food orders came, two out of the three were wrong. The vegetarian I was with had specified a vegeterian dish and it came with meat sauce, while my medium well steak came out hard and completely brown in the middle. It was hard to cut and very dry. The waiter took both dishes back and apologized for my steak being "overcooked." The waiter brought back new orders, however, after a couple of bites, I found that my steak was fully of sinewy gristle and fat throughout. I was having to take pieces out of my mouth that I could not eat, which repulsed me, especially at a restaurant that was supposed to be higher quality. When I told the waiter, a female manager named Jamie came back and was immediately hostile, accusing me of sending the two orders back on purpose, and said she would not discard the steak meal from my bill. I told her that I didn't eat it or enjoy it, and that I had sent it back twice because the order was wrong. She explained that sometimes medium rare meant well done (?). Long story short, I told her I was not paying for the steak and at that point, she threatened to call the police to come make me pay for my meal. I asked for her boss, and she called the owner of the restaurant and put me on the phone with him. The owner told me that my steak was fine (even though he hadn't been in the restaurant that night) and that he would call the cops if I didn't pay for my meal. He referred to me as "you people" and said he wouldn't let people like me get free food from him. I am a very responsible woman and have been to many restaurants internationally and locally. Nothing could have prepared me for this nightmare experience. My friends were mortified that they had taken me to this place where I was treated so badly. Believe me, avoid this experience at all costs.

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As an educator, my patience threshold is very high, however, my six years of experience could not have prepared me for the awful experience I had at Zia's. When our food orders came, two out of the three were wrong. The vegetarian I was with had specified a vegeterian dish and it came with meat sauce, while my medium well steak came out hard and completely brown in the middle. It was hard to cut and very dry. The waiter took both dishes back and apologized for my steak being "overcooked." The waiter brought back new orders, however, after a couple of bites, I found that my steak was fully of sinewy gristle and fat throughout. I was having to take pieces out of my mouth that I could not eat, which repulsed me, especially at a restaurant that was supposed to be higher quality. When I told the waiter, a female manager named Jamie came back and was immediately hostile, accusing me of sending the two orders back on purpose, and said she would not discard the steak meal from my bill. I told her that I didn't eat it or enjoy it, and that I had sent it back twice because the order was wrong. She explained that sometimes medium rare meant well done (?). Long story short, I told her I was not paying for the steak and at that point, she threatened to call the police to come make me pay for my meal. I asked for her boss, and she called the owner of the restaurant and put me on the phone with him. The owner told me that my steak was fine (even though he hadn't been in the restaurant that night) and that he would call the cops if I didn't pay for my meal. He referred to me as "you people" and said he wouldn't let people like me get free food from him. I am a very responsible woman and have been to many restaurants internationally and locally. Nothing could have prepared me for this nightmare experience. My friends were mortified that they had taken me to this place where I was treated so badly. Believe me, avoid this experience at all costs.

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Great food - absolutely delicious! My husband and I both had pasta - it was great! Great prices, friendly service. Definitely recommend.

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Great food - absolutely delicious! My husband and I both had pasta - it was great! Great prices, friendly service. Definitely recommend.

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I have been visiting St. Louis for over twenty years and have not found a better place to eat on the Hill. The food is always great. The quality and quantity never change. Service is always good even when it is extremely busy. I have never had a bad experience at Zia's. GREAT PASTA! GREAT STEAKS! AND OBVIOUSLY GREAT SALADS!

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I have been visiting St. Louis for over twenty years and have not found a better place to eat on the Hill. The food is always great. The quality and quantity never change. Service is always good even when it is extremely busy. I have never had a bad experience at Zia's. GREAT PASTA! GREAT STEAKS! AND OBVIOUSLY GREAT SALADS!

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I haven?t been to Zia?s in quite some time and the reason is because the last time I was there, I witnessed some of the poorest examples of managerial ?skills? I have ever been privy to. As someone in the service industry, I have a tendency to take note of the situations around me when I go to a restaurant. I was at Zia?s on a very busy Saturday night. I waited about an hour over my quoted time and was told by one of the hostesses that they are not ?allowed? to quote over an hour because then, people wouldn?t stay. So instead of risking a few people not wanting to wait, they?d rather people wait an hour MORE than they were told and go into the restaurant already angry. After I was seated, I was immediately greeted by a busser who brought us all waters. Soon after, a frazzled waitress came and rattled off the specials like she had said them 50 times that night (which I?m sure she had). We placed our food and drink orders right away, because we?d had 2 hours to peruse the menu in the bar. The food was prompt and the service was great. The rush kind of died down after we had been sat, so the waitress wasn?t nearly as stressed out. My main disappointment with the night came just before we paid. The manager (I?m not sure of her name, but I believe she?s the daughter of one of the owners) was talking to one of her servers in front of his table and was VERY belittling to him. This caught my attention so I kept an eye on her for the rest of the time I was there and I saw continuous ridicule of each and every one of her employees, both in front of customers and in the hallway area. Now I understand that a Saturday night in a busy restaurant can be very stressful, but this just went too far and left a bad taste in my mouth for the entire experience. I won?t go again.

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★★★☆☆

I haven?t been to Zia?s in quite some time and the reason is because the last time I was there, I witnessed some of the poorest examples of managerial ?skills? I have ever been privy to. As someone in the service industry, I have a tendency to take note of the situations around me when I go to a restaurant. I was at Zia?s on a very busy Saturday night. I waited about an hour over my quoted time and was told by one of the hostesses that they are not ?allowed? to quote over an hour because then, people wouldn?t stay. So instead of risking a few people not wanting to wait, they?d rather people wait an hour MORE than they were told and go into the restaurant already angry. After I was seated, I was immediately greeted by a busser who brought us all waters. Soon after, a frazzled waitress came and rattled off the specials like she had said them 50 times that night (which I?m sure she had). We placed our food and drink orders right away, because we?d had 2 hours to peruse the menu in the bar. The food was prompt and the service was great. The rush kind of died down after we had been sat, so the waitress wasn?t nearly as stressed out. My main disappointment with the night came just before we paid. The manager (I?m not sure of her name, but I believe she?s the daughter of one of the owners) was talking to one of her servers in front of his table and was VERY belittling to him. This caught my attention so I kept an eye on her for the rest of the time I was there and I saw continuous ridicule of each and every one of her employees, both in front of customers and in the hallway area. Now I understand that a Saturday night in a busy restaurant can be very stressful, but this just went too far and left a bad taste in my mouth for the entire experience. I won?t go again.

Pros: Good Food, Excellent Service

Cons: Poor Management

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Went to Zia's after reading reviews on this site. June Friday night around 8:30 pm. Very prompt seating outside as requested. Very pleasant atmosphere. Waitress was terrible. When asked about "what's good on menu and what are the most popular dishes" her response was "I like" "I eat". When redirected received the same response. Finally able to drag it out of her. Veal parmigiana and Pollo Alla Spiedini Prosciutto. We ordered a $50 bottle of wine and the veal and the chicken above. She brings out the wine and proceeds to rip the cork in half. Then cork screws into the broken half. Response was " boy that was a tuff cork"! Then serves the wine to us. Was not able to see the cork. I should have refused the bottle but it was getting late and I didn't want to make waves. This wasn't $10 ripple I ordered. Food came out hot and looked and smelled good. The chicken dish is out of this world! I can't say enough about it. Order it! The veal is another story. I had trouble cutting it with the Knife. Very gritty and full of grissle. Hard to chew. It was late by this time and I didn't feel like waiting for another dish to come out. She offered to make another veal but I refused. Should have been right the first time. Was it veal? After complaining the manager came out and apologized and said she wanted to buy us dessert. We ordered the tiramisu. After a few minutes the waitress brings out one dessert! Poor showing. Over all I would go again. The chicken dish is worth it. Don't order the veal or be ready to send it back if it's not right. Food prices are fair. Wine prices are a little high. Hope this helps.

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Went to Zia's after reading reviews on this site. June Friday night around 8:30 pm. Very prompt seating outside as requested. Very pleasant atmosphere. Waitress was terrible. When asked about "what's good on menu and what are the most popular dishes" her response was "I like" "I eat". When redirected received the same response. Finally able to drag it out of her. Veal parmigiana and Pollo Alla Spiedini Prosciutto. We ordered a $50 bottle of wine and the veal and the chicken above. She brings out the wine and proceeds to rip the cork in half. Then cork screws into the broken half. Response was " boy that was a tuff cork"! Then serves the wine to us. Was not able to see the cork. I should have refused the bottle but it was getting late and I didn't want to make waves. This wasn't $10 ripple I ordered. Food came out hot and looked and smelled good. The chicken dish is out of this world! I can't say enough about it. Order it! The veal is another story. I had trouble cutting it with the Knife. Very gritty and full of grissle. Hard to chew. It was late by this time and I didn't feel like waiting for another dish to come out. She offered to make another veal but I refused. Should have been right the first time. Was it veal? After complaining the manager came out and apologized and said she wanted to buy us dessert. We ordered the tiramisu. After a few minutes the waitress brings out one dessert! Poor showing. Over all I would go again. The chicken dish is worth it. Don't order the veal or be ready to send it back if it's not right. Food prices are fair. Wine prices are a little high. Hope this helps.

Pros: Chicken dish

Cons: veal and inexperienced waitress

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I am a big fan of St. Louis' Hill area. My favorite by far is Zia's on The Hill. The building looks like it hasn't changed in a century.
I particularly love the calimari. Usually, other Italian restaurants bring out a muddy, breading-caked platter of squid. Zia's has this lightly breaded calimari that is spectacular in its simplicity. I'm a really big fan of their salads. The dressing is homemade. They actually bottle the salad dressing for sale; it's that good. For an entree, I recommend anything and everything! I've had most of their pasta dishes. Excellent. Even their steaks are amazing.
To sum things up, when you can get to The Hill, you've got to eat at Zia's. I never pass up Zia's. It has never disappointed me. Italian food is my ultimate favorite ethnic food. And Zia's is the crowning jewel of Italian flavor.

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★★★★★

I am a big fan of St. Louis' Hill area. My favorite by far is Zia's on The Hill. The building looks like it hasn't changed in a century.
I particularly love the calimari. Usually, other Italian restaurants bring out a muddy, breading-caked platter of squid. Zia's has this lightly breaded calimari that is spectacular in its simplicity. I'm a really big fan of their salads. The dressing is homemade. They actually bottle the salad dressing for sale; it's that good. For an entree, I recommend anything and everything! I've had most of their pasta dishes. Excellent. Even their steaks are amazing.
To sum things up, when you can get to The Hill, you've got to eat at Zia's. I never pass up Zia's. It has never disappointed me. Italian food is my ultimate favorite ethnic food. And Zia's is the crowning jewel of Italian flavor.

Pros: the food

Cons: the wait (but any restaurant with a big wait has to be worth waiting for)

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I copied the below comment because I couldn't write it any better myself. I was very disappointed. I couldn't believe that the only pasta, shells, with oil and garlic was bad. Don't go there.

The calimari was overbreaded and greasy, the salad dressing was sweet, the pasta had the consistency of kindergarten flour paste, need I say more? Mass produced food that makes canned ravioli seem an improvement. Anyone who gave this a good review must never have eaten genuine Italian food. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap, but still too much for such a miserable excuse for Italian cuisine. I have had better "Italian" food in hospital cafeterias.

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★★☆☆☆

I copied the below comment because I couldn't write it any better myself. I was very disappointed. I couldn't believe that the only pasta, shells, with oil and garlic was bad. Don't go there.

The calimari was overbreaded and greasy, the salad dressing was sweet, the pasta had the consistency of kindergarten flour paste, need I say more? Mass produced food that makes canned ravioli seem an improvement. Anyone who gave this a good review must never have eaten genuine Italian food. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap, but still too much for such a miserable excuse for Italian cuisine. I have had better "Italian" food in hospital cafeterias.

Pros: Large wine selection, large portions, good prices, good service

Cons: Bad food

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My family and I always visit Zia's while in town, they have great service, the best salads in town and AMAZING Italian, especially the Canneloni. If you want good St. Louis Italian go here.

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★★★★★

My family and I always visit Zia's while in town, they have great service, the best salads in town and AMAZING Italian, especially the Canneloni. If you want good St. Louis Italian go here.

Pros: Food, Service, Portions

Cons: some tables are kind of cramped

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The calimari was overbreaded and greasy, the salad dressing was sweet, the pasta had the consistency of kindergarten flour paste, need I say more? Mass produced food that makes canned ravioli seem an improvement.

Anyone who gave this a good review must never have eaten genuine Italian food. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap, but still too much for such a miserable excuse for Italian cuisine. I have had better "Italian" food in hospital cafeterias.

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The calimari was overbreaded and greasy, the salad dressing was sweet, the pasta had the consistency of kindergarten flour paste, need I say more? Mass produced food that makes canned ravioli seem an improvement.

Anyone who gave this a good review must never have eaten genuine Italian food. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap, but still too much for such a miserable excuse for Italian cuisine. I have had better "Italian" food in hospital cafeterias.

Pros: None

Cons: Awful food, long wait to be seated

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oo gosh i am geting hungry just thinking about this place,super service,wonderful cozy settings,delicios food,charming neighborhood(highly recommend the chicken marsala)

PROS: delicios
CONS:

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oo gosh i am geting hungry just thinking about this place,super service,wonderful cozy settings,delicios food,charming neighborhood(highly recommend the chicken marsala)

PROS: delicios
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Even though this is an Italian restaurant, the favorite of me and my coworkers has always been their fish. They only offer it on Wednesdays and Fridays, but its wonderful and reasonably priced.

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Even though this is an Italian restaurant, the favorite of me and my coworkers has always been their fish. They only offer it on Wednesdays and Fridays, but its wonderful and reasonably priced.

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I live in Southern California and work in television so needless to say I eat out alot and at alot of fine Italian restuarants. On a recent stop to St. Louis, i went back to Zia's to discover not only was it still the best, but it had gotten even better. The service as always was unbeatable; friendly and fast and all done with family style flair. I always have the tuttomare and as usual they have no problem doing it without mushrooms. The place looks great having recently had a facelift, but BEST OF ALL...teh new appetizers. Lightly breaded and friend artichoke hearts...marrooonne, you cannot believe how good these are. They have always had the best Calamari (and i live by the ocean) but these new artichoke hearts are simply unreal. IT JUST KEEPS GETTIN BETTER. I cant wait to get back to St. Louis!

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★★★★★

I live in Southern California and work in television so needless to say I eat out alot and at alot of fine Italian restuarants. On a recent stop to St. Louis, i went back to Zia's to discover not only was it still the best, but it had gotten even better. The service as always was unbeatable; friendly and fast and all done with family style flair. I always have the tuttomare and as usual they have no problem doing it without mushrooms. The place looks great having recently had a facelift, but BEST OF ALL...teh new appetizers. Lightly breaded and friend artichoke hearts...marrooonne, you cannot believe how good these are. They have always had the best Calamari (and i live by the ocean) but these new artichoke hearts are simply unreal. IT JUST KEEPS GETTIN BETTER. I cant wait to get back to St. Louis!

Pros: food, service, facelift

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This Italian Restaurant in the heart of the Hill is worth the wait. Don't miss the salad! The dressing is so good that you can buy it bottled to go! It's a St. Louis tradition!

By far, one of the best items on the menu is Chicken Picatta- the sauce is light and perfect and the chargrilled chicken is topped with bread crumbs and melted cheese. Delicious!

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★★★★☆

This Italian Restaurant in the heart of the Hill is worth the wait. Don't miss the salad! The dressing is so good that you can buy it bottled to go! It's a St. Louis tradition!

By far, one of the best items on the menu is Chicken Picatta- the sauce is light and perfect and the chargrilled chicken is topped with bread crumbs and melted cheese. Delicious!

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Zia's came highly recommended, we arrived at 8pm on a Saturday and the wait was a reasonable half hour. The food was a disappointment, the best way to descibe it was "underflavored" While the Calamari appetizer was good, the "garlic bread" lacked punch and tasted like cheezy bread. While the veal was cooked well, the piccata sauce was more gravy then white wine, our crab/shrimp ravioli tasted store bought with imitation crab, in a blended filling that lacked the freshness of real crab and shrimp. While the pasta special's scallops were tender, the shrimp consisted of mini-shrimp and the sauce again lacked full flavor. If your looking for "Italian Food Light" then this is your place, for real authentic Italian flavors, look elsewhere. I will say the service however, was outstanding.

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Zia's came highly recommended, we arrived at 8pm on a Saturday and the wait was a reasonable half hour. The food was a disappointment, the best way to descibe it was "underflavored" While the Calamari appetizer was good, the "garlic bread" lacked punch and tasted like cheezy bread. While the veal was cooked well, the piccata sauce was more gravy then white wine, our crab/shrimp ravioli tasted store bought with imitation crab, in a blended filling that lacked the freshness of real crab and shrimp. While the pasta special's scallops were tender, the shrimp consisted of mini-shrimp and the sauce again lacked full flavor. If your looking for "Italian Food Light" then this is your place, for real authentic Italian flavors, look elsewhere. I will say the service however, was outstanding.

Pros: Service, short wait

Cons: lacked flavor, imitation crab, bland sauces

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I had not been to the hill in several years and a friend suggested Zia's for dinner. We went on a Friday night and were lucky because that is the night they had their homemade lasagna....it was soooo good, best I have ever had. The service was great and we were pleasantly surprised by how reasonable our bill was after a huge meal and a few glasses of wine. It is so nice to have a place like Zia's with great food (big portions!!) and great prices! Highly recommend for great food, service and a great time!

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★★★★★

I had not been to the hill in several years and a friend suggested Zia's for dinner. We went on a Friday night and were lucky because that is the night they had their homemade lasagna....it was soooo good, best I have ever had. The service was great and we were pleasantly surprised by how reasonable our bill was after a huge meal and a few glasses of wine. It is so nice to have a place like Zia's with great food (big portions!!) and great prices! Highly recommend for great food, service and a great time!

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what can I say! everything at zias is awesome. they recently gave the place a face lift with new decor but it still has that family feeling. the food is without a doubt the best on the hill or anywhere in st. louis.

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★★★★★

what can I say! everything at zias is awesome. they recently gave the place a face lift with new decor but it still has that family feeling. the food is without a doubt the best on the hill or anywhere in st. louis.

Pros: food, atmosphere, salad

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I have been to the St louis area numerous times and require a trip to Zias as a prerequsit to my travel. The food,people and atmosphere is perfect. My best friend had his wedding party eat there and no one left dissapointed. I always buy some of their seasonings and salad oils when I visit. I will not visit St. Louis without eating at Zias

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I have been to the St louis area numerous times and require a trip to Zias as a prerequsit to my travel. The food,people and atmosphere is perfect. My best friend had his wedding party eat there and no one left dissapointed. I always buy some of their seasonings and salad oils when I visit. I will not visit St. Louis without eating at Zias

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The food at Zia's never disappoints.

I hadn't been in years, but took the extended family there on a busy Saturday night and enjoyed every minute. Since it was a weekend, we did have to wait a little bit for a table, but the extremely friendly bartenders helped the time pass quickly.

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The food at Zia's never disappoints.

I hadn't been in years, but took the extended family there on a busy Saturday night and enjoyed every minute. Since it was a weekend, we did have to wait a little bit for a table, but the extremely friendly bartenders helped the time pass quickly.

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Zia's on the Hill has some of the BEST food I have ever had. You can make a meal out of their fresh bread, salads (you can purchase bottles of their dressings...just ask), and appetizers. Appetizers include: Fried Calamary, Seafood Ravioli, Toasted Ravioli (a StL. original and favorite), among many others. Their Beef Mudega an 8 oz. cut of tender beef topped with a white wine mushroom sauce and yet another StL original---provel cheese. It was EXCELLENT. Their numerous Italian desserts are also excellent. Also, while on The Hill, be sure to explore the neighborhood and visit the many bakeries and grocery stores.

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★★★★★

Zia's on the Hill has some of the BEST food I have ever had. You can make a meal out of their fresh bread, salads (you can purchase bottles of their dressings...just ask), and appetizers. Appetizers include: Fried Calamary, Seafood Ravioli, Toasted Ravioli (a StL. original and favorite), among many others. Their Beef Mudega an 8 oz. cut of tender beef topped with a white wine mushroom sauce and yet another StL original---provel cheese. It was EXCELLENT. Their numerous Italian desserts are also excellent. Also, while on The Hill, be sure to explore the neighborhood and visit the many bakeries and grocery stores.

Pros: Ambiance, Service, Group-Friendly

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I'm from out of town, but visit St Louis regularly. Zia's is always a must when I'm in town. Probably THE best Italian I've ever had, although, I must admit I get the same thing every time I go. Pasta con Pesci is INCREDIBLE! The way I describe it, typically when you get a seafood pasta, you are done eating the meet and stuck with a pile of pasta. At Zia's it's always the opposite. I get to the bottom and have a pile of seafood left :) Their house salads are also very good. Value is amazing. Pasta con Pesci is around $13.95 and as a large eater, I've yet to finish it off.

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★★★★★

I'm from out of town, but visit St Louis regularly. Zia's is always a must when I'm in town. Probably THE best Italian I've ever had, although, I must admit I get the same thing every time I go. Pasta con Pesci is INCREDIBLE! The way I describe it, typically when you get a seafood pasta, you are done eating the meet and stuck with a pile of pasta. At Zia's it's always the opposite. I get to the bottom and have a pile of seafood left :) Their house salads are also very good. Value is amazing. Pasta con Pesci is around $13.95 and as a large eater, I've yet to finish it off.

Pros: Amazing Food, Great Atmosphere, Amazing Food

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Ate at Zia's last year and throughly enjoyed the food! Went up again this year and told the other four people traveling with me that would be my first stop when we got in St. Louis...they all enjoyed it and said they would make it a first on their next visits to St. Louis too! Great food and Service!

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★★★★★

Ate at Zia's last year and throughly enjoyed the food! Went up again this year and told the other four people traveling with me that would be my first stop when we got in St. Louis...they all enjoyed it and said they would make it a first on their next visits to St. Louis too! Great food and Service!

Pros: Price, Food

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This is absolutely the best Italian food on The Hill. Well worth the wait and the food is consistently excellent. Best to arrive before 5:30 or after 9:00 to limit your wait. Or they accept call aheads for groups of 6 or more. Highly recommend the house salad, as well as the Chicken Picante. All pasta dishes are wonderful, especially those with their garlic cream sauce. Reasonably priced in a nice atmosphere.

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★★★★★

This is absolutely the best Italian food on The Hill. Well worth the wait and the food is consistently excellent. Best to arrive before 5:30 or after 9:00 to limit your wait. Or they accept call aheads for groups of 6 or more. Highly recommend the house salad, as well as the Chicken Picante. All pasta dishes are wonderful, especially those with their garlic cream sauce. Reasonably priced in a nice atmosphere.

Pros: Reasonable prices, Outstanding Food, Clientele

Cons: Always busy

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Zia's is a very good place to get pasta if you like a sweeter tomato sauce. It's very good with pasta.

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Zia's is a very good place to get pasta if you like a sweeter tomato sauce. It's very good with pasta.

Pros: yummy, inexpensive, good parking

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Every time I visit Zia's I have a wonderful dining experience. We especially enjoy eating outside and soaking up the neighborhood, and the friendly people. The food is to die for, salad dressig a must. The perfect place to take out-of-towners who want to go to a REAL Italian restaurant.

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★★★★★

Every time I visit Zia's I have a wonderful dining experience. We especially enjoy eating outside and soaking up the neighborhood, and the friendly people. The food is to die for, salad dressig a must. The perfect place to take out-of-towners who want to go to a REAL Italian restaurant.

Pros: good food, reasonable prices, fun atmosphere

Cons: parking, fast food guests

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Zia's breaded tomatoes are a must. I always feel like I'm walking into a scene from the Godfather-dark italian restaurant.

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★★★★★

Zia's breaded tomatoes are a must. I always feel like I'm walking into a scene from the Godfather-dark italian restaurant.

Pros: breaded tomatoes, dark and romantic

Cons: parking

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Pasta heaven. Even the salad dressing alone is worth going for. If you don't live in St. Louis take a bottle home with you.

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Pasta heaven. Even the salad dressing alone is worth going for. If you don't live in St. Louis take a bottle home with you.

Pros: food, atmosphere

Cons: crowded

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If you are looking for wonderful pasta, Zia's is the place. For seafood lovers you will find pasta con pesce, a large bowl of linguine filled with shrimp, scallops, clams and fish combined with a spicy light red sauce. The pasta carbonnara is loaded with prociutto and a wonderful cream sauce. As for dessert, DO NOT MISS the tiramisu - better than any I've had in New York or Italy and made in Zia's kitchen daily. We bring our own wine and are delighted to pay the low $10 corkage fee.

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for wonderful pasta, Zia's is the place. For seafood lovers you will find pasta con pesce, a large bowl of linguine filled with shrimp, scallops, clams and fish combined with a spicy light red sauce. The pasta carbonnara is loaded with prociutto and a wonderful cream sauce. As for dessert, DO NOT MISS the tiramisu - better than any I've had in New York or Italy and made in Zia's kitchen daily. We bring our own wine and are delighted to pay the low $10 corkage fee.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Pasta, Friendly Servers

Cons: Crowded in the front

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I really enjoy going to Zia's. The service is always above fair and the food is great, espically for the price that you are paying. Two people can go there and eat for $40 and under. I simply love this ittle Italian resturant where it makes you feel like youe money is really valued. It shows! Bravo.

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★★★★★

I really enjoy going to Zia's. The service is always above fair and the food is great, espically for the price that you are paying. Two people can go there and eat for $40 and under. I simply love this ittle Italian resturant where it makes you feel like youe money is really valued. It shows! Bravo.

 

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