Zinicola

4.5
572 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.

Experiences

  • Wine Dinner

    $80.00 per person

    Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2021

    We are having a wine dinner on 8/10 @ 6pm Please call for more info

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,

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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 572 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLeighb
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ShaH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Julia, was spectacular. She made our dining experience the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great Anniversary dinner!!

Zinicola
Responded 2 days ago

We're glad to know that you had a wonderful Anniversary dinner dining with us and Happy Anniversary!

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vipStinky
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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.

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vipChristineM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

Zinicola
Responded 2 days ago

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.

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vipDiwakarS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food and good wine list. Been here several timez

Zinicola
Responded on July 20, 2021

We appreciate the 5-stars and are so glad to hear how much you enjoy dining with us. We'll see you again soon.

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LWhite
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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DavidB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We always go back and wonderful spot!

Zinicola
Responded on July 20, 2021

It's always a pleasure having you in to dine with us, David! We look forward to the next time.

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DonaldR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good all the way around. Pizza is excellent. Prices were reasonable. Service was excellent. Ambiance was very modern/cool. Solid all the way around.

Zinicola
Responded on July 19, 2021

Donald, we're glad to know that your dining experience was a great one! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon

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RahelA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

Zinicola
Responded on July 16, 2021

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.

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Zoltoc
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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.

Zinicola
Responded on July 14, 2021

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.

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Cerise
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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! 👍🏻

Zinicola
Responded on July 14, 2021

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.

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Joelaurie
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Food delicious. Staff are the best

Zinicola
Responded on July 14, 2021

It's great to hear that you can always count on us to provide a delicious meal! We'll see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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.

Zinicola
Responded on July 19, 2021

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.

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JimandJohanna
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

Zinicola
Responded on July 14, 2021

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!

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Megan
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! I was surprised by how empty it was on a Friday night. Everything was delicious!

Zinicola
Responded on July 7, 2021

Megan, we're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. We'll see you soon!

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ericm
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

food mediocre. caesar salad poor. service good. not great value for price.

Zinicola
Responded on July 7, 2021

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.

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vipBill
Charlotte
148 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamal did a great job and the food was fabulous!

Zinicola
Responded on July 7, 2021

We're glad to know that Jamal was able to provide a 5-star experience, Bill! We'll see you again soon for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Zinicola
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thanks for the great review. We pride ourselves on providing delicious food alongside excellent service and we're glad you agree!

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vipMikeK
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit and the food and service were both excellent. We will definitely be coming back.

Zinicola
Responded on June 29, 2021

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!

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NicolaF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch for our family. Enjoyed the pizza and the set up is great.

Zinicola
Responded on June 29, 2021

We're glad to know you enjoyed our food and entire environment here with us! Thank you for the great review.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best octopus I’ve ever had. The service was phenomenal and the food blew us away. We came for our anniversary and they treated us like royalty! Highly recommend

Zinicola
Responded on June 28, 2021

We're so glad to hear that your meal was among the best! We pride ourselves on great food alongside excellent service every time and we're glad you agree.

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Nana
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit but definitely not our last. Our server was Noir & he was excellent! Described the delicious menu with us & we were able to make our choices. I had the eggplant lasagna & ate every morsel. It was so good. My girlfriend had the chicken parmigiana & said it was delicious. Our husbands both had the bolegnaise & really liked it. We also enjoyed the fresh calamari to start. Everything was fresh & delicious. Finally we have found our Italian restaurant. Loved everything about Zinicola. Plan on trying out the bar next time as it looked very inviting. Great restaurant with excellent service & food. Win Win

Zinicola
Responded on June 22, 2021

We're glad your first visit with us left a great lasting impression and that you enjoyed all of our food and services here. We're proud to be one of your favorite Italian restaurant's and we look forward to all your future dining experiences here with us!

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vipRobertW
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and service but a little too fast on the service.

Zinicola
Responded on June 22, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Come dine with us again!

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DaveM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Will go back! First time here.

Zinicola
Responded on June 22, 2021

We're glad you decided to try us out and loved everything here! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipGeorgeM
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was attentive. Server was pleasant and helpful. Food was excellent in presentation and taste. Would definitely go back.

Zinicola
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, we'll be sure to pass along your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Given the reviews I was expecting more but was disappointed. Nothing wrong with the service or ambiance or food, it just didn’t wow me. So for that it gets a ‘good’ rating, not ‘great’

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here and we were impressed. I wish we had known about this place sooner. From the staff up front, to our waiter, and everyone we encountered, the experience was amazing. The food was all delicious and they even made me a delicious mocktail since I'm pregnant. We will absolutely be back!

Zinicola
Responded on June 15, 2021

We're so glad to know we were able to meet and exceed any expectations and fully impress you! Thank you for the great feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back again.

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LindaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere, friendly wait staff. Seemed that wait staff was limited.

Zinicola
Responded on June 15, 2021

We appreciate all of our guests patience and understanding during these times. Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

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LisaB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our daughter’s graduation and food was outstanding. Highly recommend the mussels and the meatballs.

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

Thanks for the 5-star review and recommendation, Lisa. We're glad to know that your daughter's graduation meal was a great one!

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LoriO
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and will will ge back! Loved it!

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

Lori, we're so glad to hear your first time dining with us was worthy of 5-stars! We'll see you again soon.

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vipBill
Charlotte
148 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jamal was great as was our meal!

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

Thank you for the great review, Bill! We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to Jamal.

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RichardT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and ambience; waitress was attentive, knowledgeable and efficient.

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

We're glad to hear that you had a wonderful time dining with us, Richard!

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vipDaveL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good. Pastas are house made and delicious. The mussels are one of our favorites. If they have the short rib ravioli, get it!

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

Dave, thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. It's always a pleasure having you in to dine with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Service was great. Enjoyed our whole experience!

Zinicola
Responded on June 8, 2021

Josh, we're so glad to hear that your whole experience was worthy of 5-stars! We'll see you soon.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our appetizers, entrees, and desert were all excellent!
Server was very good!
We loved dining outdoors!


I would definitely recommend Zinicola to a friend!
Loved your very clean kitchen and indoor dining space!

Liz

Zinicola
Responded on May 26, 2021

We're glad to know you had a wonderful experience with us and enjoyed everything you ordered! Thank you for your recommendation of us to others.

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Inke
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Pleasant but bland. Service was a bit uneven - had to ask twice for bread, water refill in a not busy house. Bread needs work! A little crust and flavor is in order. Sauces need herbs, garlic, wine- ooomph. “Rack of Lamb” was not but was lamb rib chops, nicely done but not as advertised. The Seafood Rigatoni had lovely crab etc but the tomato sauce lacked flavor- a thin tomato watery base.

Zinicola
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It is through insights such as yours that we are able to recognize our areas for opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you back again.

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vipfamilyman
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus is fantastic, we also had a very good pizza but the Octopusis the best i have ever had

Zinicola
Responded on May 26, 2021

We're proud to know you thoroughly enjoyed your dinner with us! Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was courteous and efficient, knowledgeable about menu. We ordered a pizza and chicken parm - tasted great, good temperature, timely service. Enjoyed our quiet date night.

Zinicola
Responded on May 26, 2021

We're so glad to know you had a memorable date night with us. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, come again soon!

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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 572 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.