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Zinicola

4.5
443 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.

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 443 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwoody
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific find with superb Italian fare!! Going back soon.

Zinicola
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the five stars, Woody! See you then!

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vipSteveG
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wish they had a little move expansive bar stock specifically burbon

Zinicola
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, Steve. We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipProvPlantationer
Charlotte
69 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

Zinicola
Responded 2 days ago

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.

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viprachal
Charlotte
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - Thank you Everything was wonderful .. service, food, ambiance

Zinicola
Responded on October 21, 2020

Rachal, thank you for joining us! We're thrilled you had a great time!

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vipjoweiner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Zinicola
Responded on October 19, 2020

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!

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RoadWarrior2019
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Zinicola
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad that you are pleased with your experience. We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipCLTfoodie1
Charlotte
57 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Zinicola
Responded on October 14, 2020

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!

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FineDine
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, prices, service,...everything was outstanding.

Zinicola
Responded on October 13, 2020

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

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vipDonR
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Zinicola
Responded on October 12, 2020

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!

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vipBartB
Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently great along with the service.

Zinicola
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for the five star review, Bart!

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Anonomus
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noir was awesome! Thank you for a great experience!

Zinicola
Responded on October 6, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to you joining us again.

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AlfromMD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
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!

Zinicola
Responded on September 29, 2020

Thanks for the five stars, Al! We're thrilled you had such a great time!

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JULIANU
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter not at par for this type of restaurant. Did not get a wuaw factor.

Zinicola
Responded on September 29, 2020

We're sorry to hear that, but hope you'll join us again soon for a true 5-star 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 on September 22, 2020

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 on September 21, 2020

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!

Zinicola
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to have you back again soon.

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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
25 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
14 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 on September 22, 2020

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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MadreF
Charlotte
3 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
17 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
19 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
11 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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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 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.