Zinicola

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Zinicola is located in Ballantyne Village across from Ballantyne hotel. Stop by and enjoy our modern Italian food by Chef and owner Richard Cranmer.
We make our pastas from scratch, just like my Nonna.

www.zinicolaitalian.com


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.
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Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal. Our service was outstanding and timed perfectly — not rushed nor too slow. Meals were hot when served. We had apps and the following entrees: Dover sole, rack of lamb, eggplant Parmesan, Grouper and spaghetti and meatballs. Each meal was outstanding. Nice wine list including some good wines offered by the glass (we had Sterling Cab).
Prices are in line with quality of food and service.

j
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and Woseph was a wonderful waiter. Love that it’s locally owned!

Zinicola
Responded on October 2, 2019

We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for your feedback and time.

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HH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Will go back definitely!
Grilled octopus was yummy. The gnocchi was delicious.

Zinicola
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are happy you enjoyed your gnocchi. Feel free to join us for more soon.

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JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit in the last two weeks. Service to both our large group (last week) and small group (this week) was fast, attentive and very professional. Food selections and presentations are excellent.

Zinicola
Responded on September 24, 2019

Jay, thank you for returning! We truly appreciate the fantastic review, and look forward to seeing you and yours again soon.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely eat here again. The food was great, the wine was also great, and the service was perfect.

Zinicola
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for the perfect rating! We look forward to seeing you more often!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Charlotte for sure !

Zinicola
Responded on September 17, 2019

We're glad you think so! See you next time!

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FM
Charlotte
74 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Picked Zinicola because you can actually have a conversation. The brazing was very good. Very small portion although delicious. Should have ordered a first course.

Zinicola
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We hope for the chance to serve you again soon.

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JF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us each ordered something different and all rated the food excellent.

Zinicola
Responded on September 4, 2019

Joseph, we're glad you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for your review.

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RJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

One of our favorite places to eat. A little off last night from the norm. Drinks were great! Appetizer good (got the calamari, and probably could have been fried an extra minute, Caesar good but a little too much dressing, meal good (black fettuccine--too much garlic and pasta needed an extra minute). Overall still good.

Zinicola
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for being frequent guests! We appreciate your valuable feedback, and hope for the chance to serve you again soon.

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BT
Charlotte
152 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a great atmosphere! What a treat in Ballantyne; I couldn't believe I hadn't been before!

Zinicola
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thanks for the five stars, Bailey! We look forward to seeing you more often!

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VK
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The service was great! Food was mediocre and the portion sizes could have been larger. I was still hungry after eating my entire meal and I am a small person. My husband was definitely still hungry as well. Ambiance was great. The restaurant is beautiful! We may go back at some point.

r
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great choices. We ordered an assortment of bar appetizers and dinner entrees and pizza. Lots of flavors and lots of fun. The cannolis are delicious!

C
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service..server (Brennan) and hostess were attentive and made for a wonderful dining experience. The only item that I would criticize was the portion size of osso bucco..it was was small for the price but tasty. We will return and try another choice!

Zinicola
Responded on August 26, 2019

Cassie, thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to having you back again soon!

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WP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as well as the service. We ordered the octopus appetizer which was tender and tasty. They had a wide selection of very good wines. I highly recommend the Bronzino fish entree. I will definitely be coming back soon.

Zinicola
Responded on August 26, 2019

William, thank you for the fantastic review! We're glad you enjoyed your selections. See you next time!

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N
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attractive decor and nice selection. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive. I have eaten here several times and it has not disappointed

Zinicola
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thanks for the five stars, Nancy! Please join us again soon.

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D
Charlotte
143 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go, go now, really great

Zinicola
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thanks, Dick! Please join us again soon.

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EB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice decor and ambiance. The food was a little underwhelming, given the price point, however. I had the pappardelle bolognese and thought it was a pretty basic. My wife had the mushroom risotto and also thought it was just ok. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry, as the waitress was extremely slow in taking our order and getting us the check. The setting was so enjoyable, we weren't that concerned with the delays.

Zinicola
Responded on August 26, 2019

Eric, thank you for joining us. We certainly appreciate all the feedback you’ve shared here, and hope the two of you will stop in again sometime to give some of our other specialties a try.

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OT
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat in Charlotte!

Never disappoints !!!

If you haven’t been you should give it a try!!

Zinicola
Responded on August 21, 2019

We're proud to be your favorite! See you next time!

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FD
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

REVIEW UPDATED

my first time was average at best. I decided to give it another try and stick to pescatarian options.

The Tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella- fresh and in season
The octopus was done well and not over cooked
The Bronzino was very well prepared
Squid ink pasta - nice touch and prepared properly

I recommend giving Zinicola a try keeping in mind they are much better at fish and classic dishes than they were with their Osso Buco and meats.

Zinicola
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for your updated review! We're delighted you enjoyed your selections, and we hope to have you back again very soon!

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BC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great local neighborhood place for real quality italian

Zinicola
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thanks for the five stars, Bob! See you next time.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Delicious broccoli rabe pizza with sausage. The service was great.

Zinicola
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for joining us! Please visit again soon.

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KB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was one of the best Italian lunches I have eaten in a long time. Great recipes! I will definitely go back!

Zinicola
Responded on August 7, 2019

We're glad to hear that, Katy! See you then!

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JJ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though the menu was different than online so that I couldn't have 2 things I wanted, what we had was delicious. Presentation was beautiful, particularly the tiramisu. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive without being too present.

JL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! Olivia, our server, was amazing and attentive without being obtrusive. The food was delicious! We will be back!

Zinicola
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! We look forward to it!

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D
Charlotte
143 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Zinicola. Talented chefs, great food, service!

The Wine dinner last week, top notch and well executed. Loved the fish course when Cobia wrapped in Speck.

Tonight the veal ravioli , sage brown butter and sweetbread special I’ll have dreams about.

Thank you for the creativity and the execution every time!

Oh, Christy always looks cute too and is awesome 😂

Zinicola
Responded on July 30, 2019

Dick, thank you for being frequent guests! The exceptional feedback is sincerely appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you next time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was great. Loved my food, others in my party did have to send food back.

Zinicola
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for visiting! We hope to serve you and yours again soon.

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OT
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent- we highly recommend the chef’s table - the chef is very engaging with his customers. Watching him work gives you an appreciation for a really well run kitchen. Really enjoyed our dinner

AM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was on the same level as Olive Garden. Considering the area and the pricing I thought the food should’ve been a better. The bread that was served had a bad aftertaste.

Zinicola
Responded on July 29, 2019

Adrian, thank you for visiting. Your feedback is appreciated, and we hope you'll visit again to give some of our other specialties a try.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there, and we will definitely return. I loved my dish and want to try other dishes as well. We went there for our anniversary. Ambiance is sophisticated, but comfortable and welcoming. Food is delicious!

Zinicola
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us! Your 5-star rating is truly appreciated. See you next time!

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d
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our party of four was very impressed with the atmosphere and ambience of Zinicola. It felt upscale yet very inviting. Our kind of place, we liked it immediately. And the service we received was top notch. We had hoped to report 5 stars for the food but fell a little short. Two of the pasta dishes got raves but one was a little ‘too’ al dente and the rack of lamb wasn’t as tender as hoped. We take a lot of encouraging positives from our first visit and hope to get back to Zinicola soon.

Zinicola
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your first visit! We certainly appreciate all the feedback you've shared here, and hope to see you and yours again soon!

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B
Charlotte
132 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We’ve eaten here many times before, but this trip was nowhere near as good.

SA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

RW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had been to Zinicola before, came back for their outstanding eggplant lasagna. What makes this dish exceptional is that it does not contain pasta. One can consume the ample portion without feeling guilty about taking in too many carbs, and the flavor is outstanding. It is an eggplant lover's dream, and the price is incredibly low for a high end restaurant. The low cost of the entrée allowed us to select an outstanding - if pricey - Italian wine with the meal. The meal was an absolute delight.

OT
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Busy summer so had not been in
A couple of months.

Still Excellent service and food!!
Had Thomas as a server and he was
Awesome and so was my eggplant
Lasagna!

Remains one of our favorites restaurants!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal. Service was superb food was tasty. I would go back for another try.

DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

High quality Italian food fresh pasta and tasty sauce. Friendly staff

D
Charlotte
143 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. This is a hidden gem. Go, atypical of what you would expect. This is a favorite go to for upscale Italian food in Charlotte.

You can get everything from Pizza, Pasta, meat and all top of its class.

Zinicola
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thanks for the five stars, Dick! We're proud to be among your favorites.

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S
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good and our waiter was very informative about the specials and entrées on their menu. The only complaint I have is that we ordered a second drink and we waited for more than 20 minutes to get them. We were just about finished with our dinner by the time we did and that was a bit disappointing

Zinicola
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for reviewing your visit! We do apologize for the wait, but are pleased to know you enjoyed your meals. Please join us again soon!

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MA
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 1/2 hr before our reservation so that we could have a pre-dinner drink. The bartender was friendly and attentive. Our experience with the whole waitstaff was wonderful. The food was VERY good and the prices were very reasonable. We will definitely be going back there!

Zinicola
Responded on July 16, 2019

MaryAnn, thank you for the fantastic review! Your feedback is much appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you more often!

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

None of he dishes ordered had seasoning . Everything was Very bland. The potato gnocchi was over cooked.

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