Zia’s Italian Cooking

. March 31, 2019.
zias2

A perfect backdrop for lasting memories

On a recent visit to Zia’s Italian Cooking, a dad and his 6-year-old daughter clinked stemmed water glasses as if filled with wine. “Salute!” they cheered.

Nearby, a family of older siblings and their parents chatted eating a large sampling of Zia’s appetizers including several crispy crusted pizzas. The activity at the restaurant continued at a table of 20 where a birthday celebration was gathering.

zias3

Staffed for service

Zia’s, located on the Docks at International Park, serves as the perfect backdrop for lasting memories, which begins with a knowledgeable staff who set the tone for a night of dining.

Our waiter, Benjamin, helped us navigate the dense menu, explaining every dish’s flavor profile and how best to pair entrée with palette. Our party of four shared Mozzarella Fritti, beautifully nestled in a sea of creamy red sauce. The coating on the fried rounds of cheese was crisp and light, providing an audible crunch. Next, the salads were topped with homemade dressings— Caesar, ranch, and balsamic vinaigrette.

zias4

Hearty classics

For entrees, we selected Bistecca al Funghi, Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna Bianco and Pollo al Marsala. A side of pasta was easily offered as a subsitution for the evening’s vegetable. Entrée portions were sizable, plated beautifully on the dish. My sirloin steak was grilled to perfection, medium rare, and piled high atop a mound of Zia’s signature garlic mashed potatoes, surrounded by a ring of perfectly cooked broccoli.

The sirloin entree stood well over two inches tall, topped with zesty gorgonzola, and stacked on top of a large portobello mushroom lying beneath the steak concealing a stash of caramelized onions. Each bite left me wanting more of the woodiness of the mushroom, the tang of the cheese and the tenderness of the steak.

The lasagna was a show-stopper, filled with flavorful Italian sausage, fresh spinach, grilled zucchini, mushrooms, and Italian cheeses. For those averse to vegetables, the al dente noodles, sauce, and cheeses disguised them nicely. Each mouthful popped with flavor – gooey, rich cheese, sweet fennel-laced sausage and rich red marina.

Zias1

Sweet finish

We finished our meals with two desserts: a light, citrus-flavored cheesecake topped with a bright red raspberry drizzle and the quintessential Italian dessert— tiramisu— comprised of creamy, sweet lady fingers delicately soaked in coffee liqueur and topped with a divine mascarpone topping.

We found ourselves talking about visiting Zia’s again— and next time, starting our meals with dessert!

Although there are ample seating choices, it’s advisable to place a reservation before heading over to this popular, family-driven restaurant.

Hours are: 5-9pm Monday through Thursday; Friday 5-10pm; Saturday 4-10pm and Sunday 4-9pm. Visit ziasrestaurant.com.

Trending

Watch the 2020 Oscar Winners at Home

The 92nd Academy Awards took place on February 9, 2020, only three months ago, but it feels like it’s been a lifetime since that night. Every film that was honored with statues at the ceremony is now available for viewing at home, whether on a streaming service, to rent or to own. If you missed

Shop Local

Now, more than ever before, we must support our local businesses.

Where to Buy Face Masks Locally in Toledo Area

Toledoans are resilient. We aren’t strangers to struggle, and we face challenges head-on. With face masks in low supply, local artists, moms, designers and seamstresses stepped up and began sewing, donating, and selling face masks for those in need.  Buying local is more important now than ever, so if you’re looking for face masks as

Walking in Clover

A Clover Lawn Can Save Time, the Environment What if you could have a beautiful lawn that you mow only once or twice a year, that reduces your yard maintenance costs significantly and helps the environment? Clover, mixed into your traditional lawn or grown by itself, can do that. “My background is in science, so