We make our pastas from scratch, just like my Nonna.
Our menu changes seasonally
Zinicola also has a full bar, great wine and cocktail list. Located in front of the restaurant, a new patio with its own bar lends more seating.
Zinicola is great for large groups, meeting, parties, and private dining.
Best Happy Hour In Charlotte
Multiple dates available
Tue 12:00 PM - 2:30 PMHappy Hour Food Menu 4-7pm everyday, Tuesday half off wines, Wednesday half off drafts and buy one get one pizzas, Thursday $4 titos,
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Roasted Beets, Pancetta, Pesto, Beet Puree
Paprika Mayo, Spicy Tomato Sauce
Shrimp, Calamari, Crab Meat, Scallops, Garlic, Shallots, Broccoli, Tomato Sauce
Food was prepared days in advance, pasta was hard, service was mediocre.
Disappointed is the best way to describe it. It has been awhile since I dined there and the quality has changed. The salad and meatball appetizers were bland and needed a lot of salt and pepper to give them any taste. My eggplant lasagna was ok, but not memorable. Once again just bland learning towards tasteless. I won’t rush back. Our server Logan was professional and competent.
The food was certainly tasty but the portion size for entrees is very random. The scallops w/tortellini, when served, looked like what was left over after dinner. However the appetizer (meatballs, calamari, arancini) portions were plentiful. Good thing we ordered apps! I've been to other Italian restaurants that I enjoyed more so probably won't be coming back but since this is my opinion, I'm going to recommend it.
The food is always delicious but the service is so spectacular- that’s what makes us come back!
The food is always great overall. My Tortellini was flavorful but to al dente
The service was very professional and pleasant. The menu was quite exciting and interesting but the food ended up being rather bland. For example, the Caesar salad was presented with good Parmesan cheese slices and white anchovies but the salad dressing had no flavor. The tomato sauce on my chicken Parmesan was rich but, again, there was very little flavor to it. The chicken was also very tough and difficult to cut. The desserts of crème brûlée and pistachio gelato were very good.
As always great food and service!
The food is very good. We ordered the fried calamari. It was tender and not heavily battered. My husband had the seafood rigatoni. He said he would definitely order it again.
Great service and food. Wonderful evening eating outside.
Great food, EXCELLENT service! The calamari was the best I have had!
We're thrilled to know you enjoyed our food and services here! Thank you for the wonderful feedback.
All of our food was excellent. Our waiter was busy, but very attentive. He was very nice to our children and was very welcoming. It didn’t feel like tables were too close which was also very nice. All of the food and wine is very reasonably priced.
Thank you for your kind recognition of our dedication to ensuring every experience with us is exceptional! We value your feedback and insights and want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime soon.
We had a wonderful server namer Noir who did a fabulous job serving us!! Food was absolutely fabulous and the ambiance was superb! Highly recommend!!
Thanks for the wonderful review and kind words, we'll be sure to pass them along to Noir. We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Great food and service!
We dined here for my sister’s bday, she LOVES Italian. We started off the meal w their delicious focaccia bread, calamari, and octopus. All of our appetizers came out quick and were sooooo yum. For my meal I ordered the Margherita pizza and requested a little balsamic glaze overtop, everyone should try this it’s FAB. Everyone loved their meals and our waiter was AMAZING! They even threw in a free slice of their delicious tiramisu to help us celebrate. We will definitely be back again :)
We're proud you chose us to celebrate with! Thank you for sharing the wonderful experience you had with us. We're so glad to know everything was just to your liking and we value your insights. Thank you for the great review!
Good menu variety for an “Italian” restaurant and everything was prepared well and was tasty.
We appreciate your great feedback! We're glad you enjoyed a delicious meal with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
Waitress was good, just the right amount of attentiveness. Food was delicious, but could have been hotter.
We're glad to hear that your service was excellent and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Pasta dish was bland. We also ordered the meatballs as appetizer and they didn’t had much flavor either.
We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and provide feedback on your recent experience. We hope we can welcome you back again soon to provide a 5-star experience.
This is obviously an upscale Italian restaurant. The service and presentation of the food was excellent. A few dishes were very good e.g., the salad with beets. Other dishes were just a bit less than expected. The spaghetti carbonara was too salty and didn't have the soft flavor of butter and cream that was expected. The sauce in the seafood with penne pasta overwhelmed the seafood. I would recommend some tweeking of some of the recipes to bring all of the food up to the rest of the restaurant's quality.
Tanya, thank you for your review! We're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed the salad with beets. We will be sure to look into the dishes you mentioned and appreciate your feedback.
Made a reservation for a birthday, party of 5 on a Tuesday. Requested a quieter table. Our son and his boyfriend arrived before us they were sat in middle right by the bar. We ordered drinks and an appetizer for the table. The dirty plates and appetizer platter was not cleared as entrees were delivered. Then the hostess cleared some of it not the waiter. Other tables had bread service we were offered none. It felt like we were a bother to them. No mention of happy birthday or thank you for celebrating with us. So we left after our entrees. The food was good but the service was not. So many other places to go in Charlotte will not bother going back there.
We're sorry to hear about your dining experience. We pride ourselves on providing a delicious meal alongside great service and we apologize that this was not reflected in your meal. We will be looking to your concerns and hope you will give us another chance in the future.
We were celebrating a bride-to-be sister's dinner. With Covud, some were hesitant about crowds. Zinicola went out of their way to make sure we comfortable with seating arrangements. Food was very good, even though (sadly) the Branzino was sold out the recommended substitutes were very good. Our server was excellent: professional, attentive, friendly and provided excellent service.
Thank you for choosing us to celebrate with! We're glad to know you felt comfortable and enjoyed a great experience with us. Thank you for sharing your feedback and insights, we look forward to all your future visits with us.
The Chicken Parmesan was fantastic! So well executed it was that I was sad when I finished the entire serving. The housemade spaghetti pasta was perfect in texture, and cooked perfectly al dente. Then there was the Marinara…bright taste, bright tomato red colour, not too tart, not too sweet. We sopped up the remaining sauce with the delicious bread. If I lived here, this would be my go-to Italian restaurant for the perfect Chicken Parm.
Thank you for the great review! We're so glad to hear how much you loved our Chicken Parm and look forward to welcoming you back again for more, next time you are in town.
Our server, Julia, was spectacular. She made our dining experience the best.
ShaH, we're so glad to hear that Julia made your dining experience a great one! We'll be sure to pass along your kind words.
We had a great Anniversary dinner!!
We're glad to know that you had a wonderful Anniversary dinner dining with us and Happy Anniversary!
I have been to Zinicola pre-Covid and thought it was very good.
Return there for the first time since Covid and was extremely disappointed. We started with Arancini and Caesar salad which were OK. But then came the next course a margarita pizza which was barely cooked and not very good. The scallop appetizer was just awful. Two scallops barely the size of a quarter over cooked and fishy smelling for $16! If the waitress had ever come back to the table to ask us how our food was we would’ve been more than happy to tell her but never saw her again until she brought us the check.
Not sure I’d go back. Very disappointed.
We are disheartened to read this review, as we pride ourselves on serving the best, authentic Italian cuisine. We hope we can welcome you back again soon.
The service and atmosphere were great. I really feel for any restaurant staff these days. We tipped 30% just because we appreciate anyone that shows up for work right now. The Caesar salad was wonderful. My teen daughter didn’t leave a leaf on her plate. The carbonara was extremely salty though. I tried to pour in some of my drinking water to dilute it, but it was just too much salt. My husband only ate about 1/3 of his veal. We didn’t say anything to the waitress though because we didn’t want her to feel pressure to remove anything from the bill. Like I said, we just appreciated she was there. Hopefully, this was just a one off. We’ll probably try it again on another day.
Christine, thank you for providing feedback on your recent dining experience. We work hard to make sure we are serving the best quality dishes on a consistent basis and are sorry to hear your meal fell below expectations. We hope to welcome you back again soon, as we know we can provide a wonderful meal.
Great Italian food and good wine list. Been here several timez
We appreciate the 5-stars and are so glad to hear how much you enjoy dining with us. We'll see you again soon.
Our meal was unexceptional. The halibut was a little dry, the sauce was bland.Our server kept reaching in front of my face to serve across the table. The cocktails seemed reasonably priced but turned out to be small pours.
We always go back and wonderful spot!
It's always a pleasure having you in to dine with us, David! We look forward to the next time.
Good all the way around. Pizza is excellent. Prices were reasonable. Service was excellent. Ambiance was very modern/cool. Solid all the way around.
Donald, we're glad to know that your dining experience was a great one! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon
Our server was attentive, the grilled half chicken didn’t come with legs, but it was delicious. The restaurant has sever choices for ppl with food allergies and my daughter who is allergic to eggs was able to enjoy desert.
Thanks for the great review, Rahel. We're glad to hear that you and your family had a great experience dining with us! We'll see you again soon.
Dinner with friends.
The focaccia was burned on the bottom.
Both couples ordered the special appetizer, scallops with crispy pork belly and sage butter with asparagus. The pork belly was not crisp but burned. The sage butter was four miniscule drops at the corners of the plate. The mains were good. The fettuccine carbonara and bucatini with clams were both excellent although both plates of carbonara contained sizable portions of inedible onion skin and no shell bowl was provided for the clam shells. The veal Milanese was very good. Although we requested no accommodation be made for the onion skins, the restaurant removed the cost of one carbonara. We did not have dessert. It appears the restaurant is still struggling a little in the aftermath of COVID-19 to get appropriate levels of staffing and expertise.
Zoltoc, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your dinner with your friends. We appreciate the feedback and are always working to improve. We will be sure to use this review as a means to do so. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
What a wonderful, quiet date night experience. Our server was very kind and attentive. We drank a lot of water, and our glasses were never empty. The food was excellent. Will definitely be coming back! 👍🏻
Cerise, we're glad to hear that your dining experience was worthy of 5-stars! We look forward to welcoming you back again for another date night.
Wonderful as always. Food delicious. Staff are the best
It's great to hear that you can always count on us to provide a delicious meal! We'll see you soon.
My wine glass had a chip in it. The waiter accidentally splashed broth on my husbands clothes when clearing our plates. The food was average and very small portions this was our second not so great experience there.
We're sorry to hear about your experience and can assure you we will be looking into this. We appreciate your feedback and hope we can welcome you back again in the future, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.
we celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary here. It is a very nice restaurant and some very unique bar seating. They had a problem with the co2 and there were no draft beers. The menu is eclectic and interesting. We started with the roasted octopus with beets and it was very good, usually like octopus grilled. My wife had the red snapper with shrimp instead of clams and she liked it very much. I had the halibut with tomatoes, pickled mushrooms in a broth, have never had it this way before but fish cooked perfectly and the flavors interesting, I love mushrooms but not pickled I found out. We would like to try again, it looked like they had some very delicious pizza and pastas.
We appreciate the great review and are glad to hear out of all of the places to dine, you chose us to celebrate your anniversary with! Being able to provide delicious food alongside great service is what we pride ourselves on. We're glad to know this was reflected in your experience. Happy Anniversary!
Great food! I was surprised by how empty it was on a Friday night. Everything was delicious!
Megan, we're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. We'll see you soon!
food mediocre. caesar salad poor. service good. not great value for price.
Eric, we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We will be looking into your concerns and hope we can welcome you back again soon, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.
Jamal did a great job and the food was fabulous!
We're glad to know that Jamal was able to provide a 5-star experience, Bill! We'll see you again soon for more.
Just a casual, early Wednesday evening dinner while I’m in town visiting my parents. Jamal was our server and was awesome — he was very funny and had great entree recommendations, which we followed and were very pleased.
Thanks for the great review. We pride ourselves on providing delicious food alongside excellent service and we're glad you agree!
This was our first visit and the food and service were both excellent. We will definitely be coming back.
Thank you for the kind feedback and recognition of our dedication to providing great services along with delicious food. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Zinicola does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Zinicola also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 299-2979.
Zinicola is rated 4.5 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.