Zinicola

4.5
529 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Offers

  • Best Happy Hour In Charlotte

    Multiple dates available

    Tue 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Happy Hour Food Menu 4-7pm everyday, Tuesday half off wines, Wednesday half off drafts and buy one get one pizzas, Thursday $4 titos, Sunday brunch with $3 mimosas, $5 bloodys

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 529 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChrisL
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. We enjoyed out lunch. It lends itself to having a easy conversation with friends without feeling rushed.

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MattH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! Food was excellent. Service was above par, and atmosphere is very pleasing.

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vipRachelA
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took my boyfriends' parents here for Mother's Day and had a great meal! Each of us ordered a different entree and we all loved what we got! The appetizers were delicious as well. We will be back!

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vipRichardG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre.

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FfionT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and the food is delicious. Great ambiance. My family and I have eaten here a few times and will continue to go back!

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
213 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time visiting Zinicola. The octopus was very tender. The meatballs and sauce were really good. My wife enjoyed the chicken parmesan which was plentiful and my daughter liked the apple & fig jam pizza. The Ponzi Pinot Noir was a wonderful accompaniment to our meal. Alex took care of us and did a great job.

Zinicola
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback and experience you had here with others. We're glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipkellym
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience!

Zinicola
Responded 3 days ago

We're thrilled to know you can always expect a wonderful experience with us! Come dine with us again soon.

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DeniseT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing is the only way I can describe our experience. My companion wanted to order the beef cheeks and was told they were no longer available (although still on the menu.) He asked if there was anything else not on the menu and the waitress said no - everything else was available. So he decided to order the halibut and was told it was actually grouper.

A staffer came and asked to take away our appetizer plates when there was food still on them (we clearly weren’t done.)

I had the veal Milanese and it was so over fried I had to use my knife like a saw.

Disappointing.

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Angela
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the ribeye to the cocktails and the chocolate cake for dessert was delicious. We will be back.

Zinicola
Responded 3 days ago

We're glad you enjoyed everything here with us and we look forward to all your future visits!

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Tommy
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wouldn't go back. For me, it wasn't worth the drive and the experience left much to be desired. Let's be very clear, this is not an authentic, family Italian restaurant; it's a corporate restaurant in Ballantyne. Food was well-prepared and staff was kind and accommodating, but I was underwhelmed.

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JimH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Love the food, just wish the portions were a bit larger. The arugula salad is fantastic. The pickled onions on it are fantastic!

Zinicola
Responded 3 days ago

We appreciate your feedback, Jim. Thank you for sharing your insights with us and others, come dine with us again soon!

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EmilyA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Unfortunately the food portions were very small and highly overpriced. I had the bronzino (sea bass) and it included 2 small, thin filets. It was supposed to be accompanied by braised fennel, tomatos, capers and olives. It had way too much fennel, 2 green olives, and no capers or tomatoes. My husband had the lamb and it was a very small portion to the point that he was still hungry after he ate (it was $48). We split a Caesar salad at Zinicola and did have some appetizers at another restaurant before we came. The waitress was very good and knowledgeable about the menu. She did bring bread out after the meal (not with the salad) when we told her my husband was still hungry.

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cookinfool
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The night we were there, the food was good but average. The restaurant is really pretty. Feels high end, so you expect fantastic food. It was meh. We had a baked pasta, 2 pizzas and bolognese.
Just expected more.

Zinicola
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! We hope to have you visit us again in the future so we can ensure your next experience with us is a full five-stars.

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vipMichaelD
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch. Great service, food, and drink selection. We will return for dinner. Highly recommend

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vipShellyH
Louisville
58 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner spot! Meatball appetizer was fabulous and the homemade pasta dishes are excellent.

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Shelly, we're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed our pasta dishes and look forward to welcoming you back for more!

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Michael
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We would definitely recommend il polpo alla griglia/grilled octopus. We have had it in the past and always tender and flavorful. We both had the branzino, another favorite.
Service was very good.
Complimenti al cuoco Napolitano!

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for the recommendation and kind words, Michael! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for more delicious food.

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vipDonR
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahh, a date with my wife! And our experience at Zinicola did not disappoint! Food and service was really wonderful! We both enjoyed the appetizers, the entree, and of course dessert! The food was exceptional! They are doing it right!!!!

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Don, we pride ourselves on providing excellent food alongside great service and we're glad to know this was reflected in your experience.

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vipXteen
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s in a shopping center but easy to spot with easy parking. The wood fired oven is used to toast the bread with a garlic glaze . It was good. Didn’t like that the bartender kept lowering his mask to speak though. We got mussels that were ok and had to ask for bread but the pasta Bologna’s was excellent as well as the crime brûlée. The best deal was the bottle of wine for 1/2 price though. Our waitress was sweet and helpful.

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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ClarkJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The mussels were outstanding. My wife said best she has ever had.

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Clark, it's so great to hear the muscles were among the best you've ever had! We'll see you again soon for more.

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DrMH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everything ! We loved our food and drinks the ambience was amazing.

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

We're glad to hear your experience dining with us was worthy of 5-stars!

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Brit
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Zinicola for a friends birthday. None of our group had been there before but we all loved it! They took great care of us- from the friendly hostess to the attentive server and the awesome manager on duty. All of our dishes were delicious with the exception of one which we mentioned to our server and it was taken care of and replaced right away. We will be back!

Zinicola
Responded on April 26, 2021

Brit, we're so glad to hear that you had such a great time celebrating your friend's birthday with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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AnabelN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was ok... they had run out of what I originally wanted, but they had a similar item. It was over cooked. Braised beef is not spooked to to hard and dry. The pizza that was ordered was not bubbly or hot, it looked like it had been sitting on the counter for awhile and it was old looking. Nice atmosphere but they need to work on their food.

Zinicola
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback. We hope this does not keep you from returning, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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AmyS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend. Food was delish and service was great!

Zinicola
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Amy. We'll see you soon for another delicious meal.

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KeithL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Best I’ve ever had &
Will be back soon

Zinicola
Responded on April 12, 2021

It's great to hear you feel we are among the best, Keith! We'll see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great food, service, and overall experience. Highly would recommend the chicken parm or the seafood rigatoni.

Zinicola
Responded on April 12, 2021

We appreciate the 5-star review and are so glad to hear how much you enjoy the chicken parm and seafood rigatoni. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food was bland and under seasoned but plated well. Probably the result of struggling management. We were dining early in the evening but told several items in the menu were already sold out. We also got several apologies that they were short staffed, though they were at best at 20% capacity. They tried real hard to fix the scallops but the best I got were scallops seared on one side, served with cold soggy pancetta. Oso Bucco required a knife to cut, and risotto and sauce had no flavor. Great ambiance and staff though. Would definitely come back for drinks.

Zinicola
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent dining experience. We will be looking into your concerns and will be sure to address them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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vipJohnH
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant dinner! Good ambience, service and food at a reasonable price. Our server, Jamal was very kind and attentive.

Zinicola
Responded on April 5, 2021

We're glad to hear Jamal was able to provide a 5-star dining experience, John! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Food is on point.

Zinicola
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

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ChiefH
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was slow. My water glass sat empty several times for a long time before it got filled. Our waiter seemed to pay more attention to every other table but ours. Porchini Risotto was not done. The waiter offered to get us another made to take home. That one wasn’t done either. Rice was not creamy. It was still hard. Seafood Rigatoni was good but didn’t stand out. Arancini was decent and had a little kick to it. The arugula salad had hardly any taste. Couldn’t hardly taste the dressing. Only good thing was the pistachio crusted fries goat cheese balls that came with the salad. They should have put that as a appetizer by itself with some toasted bread to spread it on. Overall it wasn’t great. I’ve had better elsewhere.

Zinicola
Responded on April 8, 2021

We are sorry to read this review, as we strive to provide a wonderful dining experience every time. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal and left feeling disappointed. We hope to welcome you back again in the future, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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LaurieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and owner of this establishment go out of their way to provide a dining experience .... Logan and Alex are absolutely fantastic
The food is super quality!!!!!
MAY God continue to bless this establishment !!

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're truly humbled to receive such kind feedback. Thank you, Laurie, we're happy to know you can always expect a wonderful experience with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The manager was amazing. Great personality! Server was overwhelmed for sure. Took 90 minutes to get entrees.. for the $100 that we spent you could get more flavor from a chef boy r dee can.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We appreciate your feedback of your most recent experience with us and apologize if anything fell below your standards. We hope to have you visit again so we may have the opportunity to fully impress you.

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PhillipG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you, Phillip! We appreciate your feedback.

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Morgan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were extremely pleased with our dinner at Zinicola! We recently moved to the area from New York and have been in search of quality Italian food and we have finally found it. Our server Brennan was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I took my parents here when they came to visit and everything was delicious from the wine, salad, fig jam pizza, fish, and pasta dishes. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic We will definitely be returning!

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're thrilled to have met and exceeded your expectations, Morgan. Thank you for all of your kind feedback. We look forward to all your future visits with us!

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CREIGHTONB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. Great seafood.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you for the great insights. We can't wait to welcome you back again!

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LaurieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Smaller portions but quality n excellent!! Our top in the area

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're proud to be one of your favorites. Thank you for sharing your review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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AmberD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for my husband’s birthday....had reservations, walked in and they were ready for us! Our server, Logan, was sweet and friendly. She was knowledgeable and the service was on point. We had dessert and I def recommend this place. The portion size was a little small to my eyes but honestly for the price and a bottle of wine, etc, I wasn’t hungry at all when we left! It was the perfect portion! They even had a candle in his dessert ❤️

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We are glad to know we were able to ensure you had a wonderful memorable experience with us, Amber. Thank you for sharing all of your great feedback, it was a pleasure having you dine with us. We look forward to all your future visits!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not impressed with the food. Won’t be back.

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HEATHERB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lighting. Delicious food. Friendly staff.

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vipPareshN
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for a special occasion or even an everyday dinner.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We value your insights! Thank you for sharing your feedback with others.

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vipBeth
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Zinicola many times and it’s always a wonderful experience. There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful the branzino at Zinicola is. The mixture of fennel, tomatoes, olives and capers is delectable. If you haven’t been to this Ballantyne gem, you need to try it. You won’t be sorry.

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 529 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.