Za’s on Devine has served brick-oven pizza and other Italian-style dishes for more than 20 years in an upscale yet casual setting.
Under new ownership, the restaurant has a new look and what seems a new appreciation for guests who enjoy a glass of wine or a craft cocktail with their meal.
Behind the bar, a large spindly iron tree serves as an ornate addition to shelves stocked with all manner of spirits. The specialty drink menu was a collaboration among customers, bartenders and the owners, said John Bailey, general manager.
“We try to stay in tune with what’s popular at the time – what’s trending,” he said.
Updated every three to five months, the cocktail list is comprised of four popular creations: a blueberry lemonade, Bourbon Street blues, a basil-lime martini and a pomegranate mule.
Of the four, Bailey said, the pomegranate mule is the most popular – but that could change easily.
“It’s a great summer drink – very refreshing and tastes great,” he said. “But they’re all clean, crisp, good summer drinks.”
The bar also offers six beer taps, three being local breweries with River Rat representing Columbia’s suds. They also have a comprehensive wine list.
“We really wanted to be a place where you could come and get a great glass of wine with your meal and something that not everyone offers,” Bailey said. “So whether you’re a white wine, red wine, sparkling, rosè … We’ve done our due diligence on tasting, testing and pricing to where someone can come in and have a quality glass of wine without breaking the bank.”
This is further evident by their “Wine Wednesdays” drink specials of select $4 glasses.
“We are so much more than pizza,” Bailey said. “What we really strive for is for Za’s to be the place where it really doesn’t matter if you just came in from cutting the grass or from going to a black-tie event. You can come in and enjoy a great meal, have a great drink or a great glass of wine or a great local beer.”
Za’s on Devine
WHERE: 2930 Devine St.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday
WORTH NOTING: Wine Wednesdays – $4 select glasses of wine and live music all night; 2 for $8 mimosas; happy hour 4-7 p.m. features $3 pints and $3 Tito’s vodka, Tanqueray gin and Larceny bourbon