The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of food and drink at Zola's Restaurant, located in Nepean. This Groupon is valid for dine-in from the regular dinner menu only, which is served all day.
Feast on modern Italian fare with the dinner offerings at Zola's. All meals are prepared in the restaurant's exhibition-style kitchen, giving diners a sadistic glimpse into the methodical dicing of vegetables and the brutal boiling of pasta. Appetizers include such seafood starters as calamari ($10.50) and mussels ($9.50), as well as the beginner's bread bounty of the bruschetta trio ($10.25), featuring three different toppings. Sink teeth into the circular sustenance of a gourmet pizza, with options including pepperoni ($12.95), barbecue chicken ($15.95), and eggplant-topped vegetarian ($13.95). Pasta-minded mealtimers can sort through the saucy strata of lasagna ($15.50), unfurl the curls of angel hair with shrimp and scallops ($19.50), or keep it herbivore-friendly with the sundried-tomato and mushroom linguini ($16.50). Gluten-free pastas and pizza crusts are also available.
On Thursday nights, live jazz music wafts through the air of Zola's, melodically mixing with the sounds of clinking silverware digging into dinner and tap-dancing tongues in the throes of conversation. Step into the elegant interiors, adorned with sculpture and ornamentations against ruby-red and soft golden fixtures, and enjoy enticing Italian eats.
- I ordered my standard chicken with gorgonzola cream sauce topped with pine nuts and served with vegetables and roast potatoes. I just love that punchy cream sauce. It matches so well with the toasted pine nuts. – If Music be the Food of Love, Play On
- …all food was presented well and both garnished and spiced perfectly. – sealingwax, TripAdvisor
Among the local artwork and surrealist paintings that pepper Zola Restaurant’s walls, diners sit at granite tables isolated by gauzy red curtains. Wafting aromas of fresh-baked bread emanate from an open-concept kitchen, where guests watch as chefs combine handmade pastas with savoury sauces and blanket gourmet pizzas with smoked cheeses and cured meats. Just like wrestlers training for a match on a lifeboat, guests can enjoy a light lunch or brunch, or delve into hearty plates of housemade sausage or slow-roasted porchetta––local pork shoulder spiced with Italian truffle, sage, rosemary, and thyme and hiding beneath a layer of hot pancetta.
On Saturdays, live jazz enhances the atmosphere, mingling with the sounds of cooking and tinkling glasses raised in celebration. Sommeliers and bartenders pair the dishes with local and imported wines, beers, and cocktails, though patrons can also bring their own wine or steal sips from their child's juice box. In an effort to outsmart dietary restrictions and expose all palates to Italy’s culinary traditions, chefs can make their dough or pasta gluten-free upon request.
Bells Corners West
194 Robertson Rd.
Nepean, Ontario K2H 9J5Get Directions