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Zinicola

4.5
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431 Reviews
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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.

Our menu changes seasonally

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 431 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlfromMD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at a chef’s table near the kitchen and talked with the owner and executive chef, Richard Cranmer. Great food and a great experience!

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vipwc21
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience, tables widely separated, ideal restaurant to safely eat dinner. Service was superb as were the Seafood Rigatoni and Chicken Parmesan. Ambience of quiet atmosphere rarely found in South Charlotte. Wide variety of rooms and booths for dining. Truly superb experience again! We love this place,!!

Zinicola
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for all of your kind words! We love hearing appreciation from our guests. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to doing so again in the future. Take care!

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JoeS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very good experience. Our server, Emily, was exceptional. Very knowledgeable about all the menu items we asked about.

Zinicola
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the five star review, Joe. We are very pleased to read this review about your experience. We hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The table’s were well spaced out and the server’s all worked together. We felt safe and protected from Covid-19. I would go again!

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vipCarolinaSoprano
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this treasure of a restaurant. Hope they weather this Covid 19 storm.

Zinicola
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for your patronage and support! We hope to have you back again soon.

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vipDonR
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and service!

Zinicola
Responded on September 15, 2020

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

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vipDiwakarS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with team.. it’s a great Italian spot with amazing wine list and can come here for a nice evening for business or pleasure

Zinicola
Responded on September 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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judsons
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good knowledgeable waiter. Octopus appetizer & squid ink pasta with clams & mussels were great, pizza crust was thin, slightly crispy with no doughy taste. Corkage charge is high for area. But all in all was very good dinner.

Zinicola
Responded on September 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit! We appreciate the excellent feedback, and hope you'll join us again soon.

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vipSweets
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great food, server was not super attentive and slow with getting us anything.

Zinicola
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again!

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vipwc21
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service in a really nice dining environment. The calamari was the best we have had in Charlotte. The Chicken Parm and Seafood Rigatoni were both excellent as were the generous portions of wine by the glass. This place is definitely a keeper for our rotation.

Zinicola
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful review of your experience. We are very pleased to know that you are very happy with your dining experience with us. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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meaghank
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous dinner out !! gem of a find. Server / Brennan was wonderful, great recommendations and very attentive. Assistant/ Alex was happy & bright our food speedily. Wonderful yummy dinner. Fabo cocktails, recommend the Old fashion !! great deal on 1/2 price bottle wine too. PLUS .

Zinicola
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you for the five star review, Meaghan. We are glad that you had such a wonderful dining experience with us and we will be sure to share your kind words with Brennan. We look forward to your next visit!

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MargieK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food! The staff was very attentive. We enjoyed our experience.

Zinicola
Responded on August 31, 2020

Margie, thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was great!!

Zinicola
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thanks so much! Come again!

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LadyBug
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special night . . . because of the COVID19 restrictions, we were fortunate to have a 'table for two' essentially by ourselves, with candles, and an excellent "wait" person, Alex, who advised us on our selections, was courteous, and checked with us often! The ambience of the room we were seated as well as the feeling of 'privacy' in our area made this a very special evening for us. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding, every morsel enjoyed. Guest safety protocols followed. My only "complaint" would be having to sit in the private room which is most definitely not date night ambience. We will absolutely be back.

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vipjeanie
Charlotte
81 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 of us enjoyed the food and wine. The featured cocktails, aperol spritzer and basil martini were very good. Our server Alex was helpful and knowledgeable.
We would definitely return. Thanks for a nice evening!

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CatG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Great service in a lovely restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our juicy, succulent Chicken Parm.

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vipDano
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice meal outside and with a fan it was not that hot at around 7PM, great drinks, salads and even the two deserts were great as well!

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Dukester
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife loved her sliced strip steak done perfectly medium rare on a bed of something I can’t remember but she loved it. My flounder entrée was disappointing because I didn’t expect cubed fried flounder, I thought it was gonna be grilled or broiled but otherwise experience was excellent.

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vipMaryAnn
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for a COVID lunch "break" as we needed to mentally escape for a little bit. We sat outside and we felt perfectly comfortable and safe (and we are pretty neurotic about social distancing, etc.). Our waiter was friendly but kept a safe distance and was very attentive but not "in your face". As usual, the food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. We both ordered the Bucattini special with the seafood and enjoyed every bite of it. I would recommend a glass of the J. Lohr Chardonnay to go with it.

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RBaker
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff. Warm and quiet atmosphere. Perfect date night

Zinicola
Responded on July 15, 2020

Thank you for sharing your review! We hope to have you back again soon.

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vipMarkL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, we will return at the end of the month for a dinner club event -- can't wait!

Zinicola
Responded on July 14, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review, Mark! We look forward to welcoming you back!

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RichardD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and presentation was great. Service very accomodating. Restaurants attention to the COVID requirements was outstanding. Felt very comfortable eating there.

Zinicola
Responded on July 1, 2020

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit! We hope to have you back again soon.

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ChrisL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our friends always love it.

Zinicola
Responded on June 30, 2020

Thanks, Chris! See you next time.

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vipDouger
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is very good! We had meatballs as an appetizer. You get 3 large tasty meatballs and bread.
They made a special order shrimp scampi that was amazing. I had the bolognese and it’s about the best I’ve had. This place is a great find!

Zinicola
Responded on June 25, 2020

It's nice to know you feel we are among the best! We are very happy to know that your dining experience exceeded expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in again in the future.

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GaryW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant - casual relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, very good food.

Zinicola
Responded on June 26, 2020

Thank you for your feedback, Gary. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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vipTessaD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even Covid coudn't put a damper on our evening @ Zinicola!

Zinicola
Responded on June 25, 2020

That's so wonderful to hear, Tessa! We are glad that you enjoyed.

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HMRA
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Friendly staff. Good service. Good food.

Zinicola
Responded on July 13, 2020

Thank you for the positive feedback. We look forward to serving you again!

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vipFavorite
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good great 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! We will definitely be back!

Zinicola
Responded on June 22, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit!

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ClarkJ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bread was foccia instead of Italian, which is what I believe Zinicola used to serve. Foccia is not as good. Everything else was fine.

Zinicola
Responded on June 19, 2020

Clark, thank you for dining with us. Your feedback is appreciated, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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vipDano
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside and food and weather were perfect! Had appetizers and different dishes and all were great!

Zinicola
Responded on June 19, 2020

Dano, thank you for your 5-star rating! Please join us again soon.

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ChrisL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner as CLT emerges from the quarantine. Great food (fish and bolognese). Great service. Socially distanced, too.

Zinicola
Responded on June 19, 2020

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

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PennyC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and the service was excellent. I dined our with my nine year old daughter and the waiter (I think Wasef?) was excellent!! He was excellent to my daughter and brought her a custom dish and made sure she was taken care of. It was our first time there, and because the service was so good (the food was delicious too!) we will definitely be back.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2020

Penny, thank you for joining us! We're simply thrilled to know how impressed you were with your first visit, and we look forward to seeing you more often. Thanks for your review!

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AdventurousEater
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service- enjoyed our food experience. We will be back!

Zinicola
Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to it!

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RichardM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good quality and the service from the hostess to the waitress was very good. She was very professional and attentive to our every request. I would recommend this restaurant

Zinicola
Responded on March 10, 2020

Richard, thank you for your review and recommendation! We're thrilled you had such a great time. Please visit again!

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DanM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Our waiter, Noir, was excellent. Great menu. We will be back

Zinicola
Responded on March 10, 2020

Dan, thank you for your 5-star rating! Please join us again soon.

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vipEastender
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service by waiter Noir was exceptional. Restaurant is beautiful. Will definitely be back.

Zinicola
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for visiting! We appreciate the outstanding review.

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vipawesome
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in Ballantyne possibly in Charlotte

Zinicola
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for the 5-star review. We hope to see you again in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual

Zinicola
Responded on March 5, 2020

We're delighted to hear that! See you next time!

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FAQs

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 431 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.