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Zinicola, Charlotte, NC

Zinicola

4.6
4.6
780 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 299-2979

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Cranmer

  • Private party facilities

    Zinicola offers private rooms for 12 to 60 guests with special menu options. You can also book the whole restaurant for personal or business lunch or dinner which can accommodate up to 150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Ballantyne

  • Cross street

    The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

  • Parking details

    Public lot is free & Ballantyne Village provides free valet service Thursday through Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 780 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Romantic

  • Charlotte

    Italian

  • Charlotte

    Romantic

  • Charlotte

    Italian

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  1. B

    Bill

    Charlotte

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our Server was very nice and good, but a little distracted as the restaurant was very busy.
  2. RM

    RickM

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The service and atmosphere was great. Unfortunately we were disappointed in the overall quality of the food given the cost. Also, the website needs updating. The menu in the restaurant was totally different than the one on line.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, and our server was AMAZING!!!
  4. M

    Misterbreeze

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been here for a while and was pleasantly surprised how great everything was. From the service to food and ambiance. Staff is great. We will be back soon.
  5. J

    Jersey

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We were visiting from Orlando and had been at this restaurant last month. The night we stopped last month had buy one pizza and get the second for free. It was great. This time we made a reservation and we got Ben as our server. He was not experienced what so ever. He is not a match for the ambience and experience of this restaurant. Never went into detail about the specials. Didn’t mention them all and rushed us thru our meal. Unfortunately we will not return
  6. MR

    MarshaR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They never let us down. Brought friends who have never been there and they can’t wait to go back.
  7. DL

    DandieLuvr

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Interesting menu and a good wine list. We had a nice evening.
  8. LD

    LauraDines

    Charlotte

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and fresh taste. We ordered the fig gorgonzola bruschetta, chicken parmesan and pappardelle bolognese. Everything tasted freshly made and perfectly seasoned. Our server was Bill, and he was passionate about the food and very knowledgeable. We will definitely be coming back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice birthday dinner
  10. KM

    KevinM

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a quiet table in the back of the restaurant, the front had a more lively vibe. Everything from the recommended appetizer, wine, entree, and dessert was excellent. The service was attentive but not imposing. We will definitely be back.
  11. RP

    RiddhiP

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  12. EC

    ElizabethC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    As a solo diner, I sat at the bar and made the acquaintance of the chef-owner who is delightful! The grilled radicchio salad was very special; I just loved it. The pasta with mushroom ragout to which I had truffles added was, I am sorry to say, just adequate; the addition of more flavourful wild mushrooms would be a great enhancement. My server was charming, courteous and attentive; kudos to a hardworking staff all around.
  13. C

    Chris1

    Charlotte

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past. Food always good. I thought my chicken (Parmesan) was a little tough. Dessert good, waitress very nice and helpful.
  14. B

    Bbrock4

    Charleston

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at the bar. Nicole was awesome. She was patient with us as she helped us select our wines. The wines and our food were delicious! The manager was very attentive, too. They honored my husband’s special request on his dish. He asked for the calamari in his seafood dish to be deep fried. (And it’s nice that they didn’t cancel our Open Table reservation when we asked to be seated at the bar. That has happened to us several times at other restaurants in other cities. ) Fabulous restaurant!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time there. They just changed to their Fall menu and everything was outstanding! We had the fig/pistachio bruschetta and it was fantastic! The service and food were FIVE Stars! Can’t wait to return!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, authentic food. Was very busy with two wedding parties and our serve took amazing care of us. Even gave us a free meatball appetizer for the delay in getting our drinks to us (wasn’t even that long of a wait), the customer service is amazing. They make sure you are well taken care of and are enjoying yourself. Will return very soon
  17. AM

    AnitaM

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you everything was great and Julia did a nice job! Thanks so much
  18. TG

    TracyG

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal - our server was excellent! We will definitely be back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food portions were small for price- food was delicious though. Service was good but didn’t refill water enough
  20. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited with my daughter and I. We sat at the kitchen bar. Our experience was wonderful - from appetizer, beverages, entrees and dessert. We chatted with the head chef throughout our meal and had fun bantering with him. Overall a great experience.
  21. AM

    AnitaM

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love it here. Food is always good and fresh. Only suggestion would be not to keep asking if they can take plates away when food is still on the plate. Feels rushed. Other than that it’s one of my favorite places
  22. MD

    MarcieD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zinicola never disappoints! Food, service, everything was fantastic!
  23. RM

    RicM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was first rate. Dish came out hot and seasoned well. Cake was fantastic.
  24. JT

    JenT

    Charlotte

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zinicola came highly recommended. We were two couples first visit. Our server Maria was excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, professional with a lovely smile and demeanor. The food was excellent and the ambiance was sophisticated yet not stuffy at all . We were all very pleased and will absolutely return again. So glad we found you!!
  25. M

    Michelle

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed grilled octopus, Meatballs, salad and eggplant lasagna! Tues is half off wine but choices wasn’t great. Wish adding more wine selections!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Stuck is at the worst table even though there were plenty of open tables. We asked to move and they said we couldn’t because they didn’t have enough staff. But there was plenty of waiters.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food & great service! Can’t wait to go back!
  28. F

    Fred

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service - would go again and recommend to a friend
  29. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent pasta!! And the bread was the best I've had in a long time!
  30. CA

    CAMW

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here….does not disappoint. Fantastic food/atmosphere
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a business dinner. Food was so superb that I took my family back the 3 days later!
  32. EF

    EricF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Online menu wasn’t current. Waiter’s attitude was condescending and pompous. He also added an item to our order, without us asking for it and charged us. Food was underwhelming.
  33. I

    Imhungry

    Charlotte

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very tasty and creative. The prices are what I would expect at an upscale Italian restaurant but I'm not sure Zinicola is upscale... Service was definitely lackadaisical at best and in the main dining area it's impossible to avoid a television blaring sports. Not the romantic experience I was hoping for...
  34. J

    Judy

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite places. Food is awesome, great service. Highly recommend
  35. F

    Foodie4fun

    Savannah

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    what a lovely surprise-- first time diner and the service was wonderful as was the food and drink. I had the short rib special as suggested by my server (I think her name was Julia) and it was wonderful.
  36. S

    Susanna

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the space. Food was delicious. Would have liked for our meal to have come out together. Didn’t want to make the others wait. But the last entree came out after they were done. Service was a bit rushed. Plates and were removed before we finished. At they tried. We actually just had to ask them to leave our things alone. Overall though, we all really enjoyed it
  37. TS

    TeresaS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The buffalo mozzarella was excellent and so was the Pappardelle Mussels were ok. The tomato sauce lacked flavor. Chris was busy but took care of us. Bathrooms needed assistance from
  38. C

    Chris1

    Charlotte

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner, had to request cheese and pepper, almost they meal before receiving.
  39. CB

    ChristopherB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Service was great but the food was lacking flavor.
  40. RW

    RebeccaW

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was incredible! A bit pricey but perfect for a special occasion!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.6 stars by 780 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Zinicola

14835 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC 28277

Additional information

  • Cross street

    The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

  • Neighborhood

    Ballantyne

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public lot is free & Ballantyne Village provides free valet service Thursday through Saturday.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Cranmer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 299-2979

  • Private party facilities

    Zinicola offers private rooms for 12 to 60 guests with special menu options. You can also book the whole restaurant for personal or business lunch or dinner which can accommodate up to 150 guests.

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