Tony Z’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge was the recipient of two awards from one of southwest Missouri’s leading arbiters of entertainment and culture, 417 Magazine. The magazine conducts a yearly survey of restaurants in Springfield, Branson, and surrounding areas. Tony Z’s Caesar salad was rated number one and the Branson restaurant was one of two establishments tied for “Best Italian Restaurant” honors.
Voted “Best New Restaurant in Branson” by 417 Magazine in 2006, Tony Z’s has established a strong culinary beachhead in Missouri’s tourist and entertainment Mecca. Tony Z’s Caesar salad was praised not only for its taste and appearance, but the salad– which is prepared tableside– received a commendation for the showmanship involved in its preparation. A short review accompanying the “Best Italian Restaurant” award cited the restaurant’s generally elegant atmosphere and owner Tony Zurzolo’s extensive menu as factors in establishing Tony Z’s preeminence.
With a readership of over 130,000, 417 Magazine’s endorsement is a major feather in Tony Z’s cap.
The restaurant also received high marks from the on-line travel and entertainment site tripadvisor.com.
First opened in 2005, Tony Z’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge is located somewhat off the beaten path in Branson, Missouri. The restaurant’s distance from major tourist attractions has meant that their success has been largely based on word of mouth and a reputation for quality food rather than on location.
Tony Z’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge invites patrons to, “Experience the Ultimate in Authentic Italian Cuisine.” Along these lines, the restaurant serves a number of traditional Italian dishes augmented by a few unconventional selections. In their positive review, 417 Magazine listed Tony Z’s spinach-artichoke dip and pizza as representative of standard Italian cuisine and braised pork shank, lamb, and a daily seafood special as a few departures from the traditional.
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