Finest Italian Eastside Eating

Guests at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast often ask for suggestions for good places to eat on the east side of Tucson.  One of the very best and moderately priced places we like to recommend is Zona 78 Italian Kitchen on Tanque Verde Road.  We had our anniversary dinner there this August and were pleased with the menu selection.   The aromas upon entering the restaurant increased my appetite.  We were first seated in an area near the bar area which was a bit noisy, and the wait staff immediately offered to find us a quieter area.  Our original waiter continued serving us in the new location even though this wasn’t his area.  I ordered Mediterranean Penne Pasta with chicken, artichokes, Kalamata olives, pine nuts, Roma tomatoes, cilantro pesto, and Feta cheese.  Unfortunately, it was so good, I ate the whole serving instead of bringing a portion home.  My husband ordered Orecchiette Alfredo with chicken, house made alfredo, peas, Italian pancetta, and Parmesan cheese.  All of the service was outstanding.  We’ll continue recommending this fine restaurant.


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