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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Beef, Veal, Tomato Sauce, Pecorino
Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, Ricotta Cheese
Terrific find with superb Italian fare!! Going back soon.
Thanks for the five stars, Woody! See you then!
Wish they had a little move expansive bar stock specifically burbon
Thank you for your feedback, Steve. We look forward to seeing you again!
It was our first visit to Zinicola. It's hard to fairly judge a restaurant during the pandemic because everything is so scaled back. But under normal standards, they were no better than average. Nothing that would compel you to return soon.
We are sorry to read you feel this way. We can assure you, that we do our absolute best for every guests' dining experience. We hope to welcome you back in again in the future.
Excellent - Thank you Everything was wonderful .. service, food, ambiance
Rachal, thank you for joining us! We're thrilled you had a great time!
We celebrated our daughters and son in law’s 10th wedding anniversary, traveling from Georgia and Virginia and found this wonderful Italian restaurant. They made our socially distancing dinner perfect with seating we requested, delicious food and great service. Highly recommend this restaurant, careful attention to their making our night so special.
Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful review of your experience. We are glad that enjoyed the night celebrating an anniversary and we are glad that you chose us! It was our pleasure and we look forward to welcoming you all back. All the best!
Had not been to the restaurant since before the COVID related lockdowns. Had always enjoyed dining here, so chose it for our wedding anniversary dinner. As always, it was a most enjoyable experience on every level. Definitely recommended and will keep coming back - wearing a mask, of course!
Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad that you are pleased with your experience. We look forward to seeing you again!
Excellent date night with the wife! Saw all of the great reviews and had to try it. Top service from the hostess to Brennan (the server) to seeing how they well they observed and implemented Covid protocols (Including seeing them sanitize chairs and tables in between customers). We felt very comfortable because of this. Excellent food - octopus appetizer with a variety of flavors; heavenly beef cheeks over polenta, delicious flounder (out of branzino), and incredible tiramisu and pistacchio gelato. Very attentive service and recommendations from Brennan and was near where we could observe the chef/owner and impressed!
That is so amazing to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with our team at Zinicola. It's great to know that we continue to provide our customers with everything they need and that they feel safe and comfortable while dining with us. Have a great day!
Food, prices, service,...everything was outstanding.
Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back.
Great food! Our server, Emily, was special! My wife and I sampled several starters and salad along with the entree and desert. It was a great dinner! This is a great place for Italian in Ballantyne. Don’t miss it!
Thank you for the five star review, Don. We are very glad to know that you are happy with your most recent dining experience with us. We hope to serve you again!
Food is consistently great along with the service.
Thank you for the five star review, Bart!
Noir was awesome! Thank you for a great experience!
Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to you joining us again.
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!
Thanks for the five stars, Al! We're thrilled you had such a great time!
Waiter not at par for this type of restaurant. Did not get a wuaw factor.
We're sorry to hear that, but hope you'll join us again soon for a true 5-star experience!
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,!!
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!
A very good experience. Our server, Emily, was exceptional. Very knowledgeable about all the menu items we asked about.
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!
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!
Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to have you back again soon.
We love this treasure of a restaurant. Hope they weather this Covid 19 storm.
Thank you for your patronage and support! We hope to have you back again soon.
Great dinner and service!
Thanks for the five stars, Don! See you next time.
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
Thank you for joining us! We appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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.
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit! We appreciate the excellent feedback, and hope you'll join us again soon.
Great food, server was not super attentive and slow with getting us anything.
Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again!
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.
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.
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 .
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!
Fabulous service and food! The staff was very attentive. We enjoyed our experience.
Margie, thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!
Thanks so much! Come again!
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!
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.
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!
Absolutely delicious. Great service in a lovely restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our juicy, succulent Chicken Parm.
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!
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.
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.
Wonderful wait staff. Warm and quiet atmosphere. Perfect date night
Thank you for sharing your review! We hope to have you back again soon.
Great place to eat, we will return at the end of the month for a dinner club event -- can't wait!
Thank you for the wonderful review, Mark! We look forward to welcoming you back!
Food was very good and presentation was great. Service very accomodating. Restaurants attention to the COVID requirements was outstanding. Felt very comfortable eating there.
Thank you for reviewing your recent visit! We hope to have you back again soon.
Great food and our friends always love it.
Thanks, Chris! See you next time.
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!
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.
Great little restaurant - casual relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, very good food.
Thank you for your feedback, Gary. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Even Covid coudn't put a damper on our evening @ Zinicola!
That's so wonderful to hear, Tessa! We are glad that you enjoyed.
Friendly staff. Good service. Good food.
Thank you for the positive feedback. We look forward to serving you again!
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 443 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.