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, Sunday brunch with $3 mimosas, $5 bloodys
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Roasted Beets, Pancetta, Pesto, Beet Puree
Shrimp, Calamari, Crab Meat, Scallops, Garlic, Shallots, Broccoli, Tomato Sauce
Great food, great service. We enjoyed out lunch. It lends itself to having a easy conversation with friends without feeling rushed.
Fantastic dining experience! Food was excellent. Service was above par, and atmosphere is very pleasing.
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!
Food was mediocre.
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!
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.
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!
Always a great dining experience!
We're thrilled to know you can always expect a wonderful experience with us! Come dine with us again soon.
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.
Everything from the ribeye to the cocktails and the chocolate cake for dessert was delicious. We will be back.
We're glad you enjoyed everything here with us and we look forward to all your future visits!
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.
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!
We appreciate your feedback, Jim. Thank you for sharing your insights with us and others, come dine with us again soon!
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.
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.
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.
Birthday lunch. Great service, food, and drink selection. We will return for dinner. Highly recommend
Great birthday dinner spot! Meatball appetizer was fabulous and the homemade pasta dishes are excellent.
Shelly, we're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed our pasta dishes and look forward to welcoming you back for more!
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!
Thanks for the recommendation and kind words, Michael! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for more delicious food.
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!!!!
Don, we pride ourselves on providing excellent food alongside great service and we're glad to know this was reflected in your experience.
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.
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.
The mussels were outstanding. My wife said best she has ever had.
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.
Perfect everything ! We loved our food and drinks the ambience was amazing.
We're glad to hear your experience dining with us was worthy of 5-stars!
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!
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.
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.
Thank you for providing feedback. We hope this does not keep you from returning, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.
Would highly recommend. Food was delish and service was great!
Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Amy. We'll see you soon for another delicious meal.
Great service! Best I’ve ever had &
Will be back soon
It's great to hear you feel we are among the best, Keith! We'll see you soon.
It was amazing! Great food, service, and overall experience. Highly would recommend the chicken parm or the seafood rigatoni.
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.
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.
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.
A very pleasant dinner! Good ambience, service and food at a reasonable price. Our server, Jamal was very kind and attentive.
We're glad to hear Jamal was able to provide a 5-star dining experience, John! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Great service and atmosphere! Food is on point.
Thanks for the great review!
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service and great food.
Thank you, Phillip! We appreciate your feedback.
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!
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!
Great date night spot. Great seafood.
Thank you for the great insights. We can't wait to welcome you back again!
Smaller portions but quality n excellent!! Our top in the area
We're proud to be one of your favorites. Thank you for sharing your review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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 ❤️
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!
Not impressed with the food. Won’t be back.
Great atmosphere and lighting. Delicious food. Friendly staff.
Great place for a special occasion or even an everyday dinner.
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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.
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.