Zinicola

4.6
460 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2021

We are doing a set menu, our menu is posted on opentable and our social media accounts. Or you can call us 980-299-2979

What 460 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from star to finish. Going back next week?

Zinicola
Responded on January 12, 2021

We're thrilled to hear that, Lisa! See you then!

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vipRajah
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good food quality and tasteful ambiance

Zinicola
Responded on January 8, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review, Rajah! We hope you will join us again!

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PJMac
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here a few times for lunch, but never dinner. They made our NYE really special..BRAVO Zinicola!

Zinicola
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! Your review is truly appreciated.

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NightGuy
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would recommend this place, it has a very good ambience.

Zinicola
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to your next visit.

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AmyR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our go to for Christmas Eve dinner. Wonderful as usual with a menu that pleases everyone!

Zinicola
Responded on December 28, 2020

We appreciate the five stars, Amy! Thank you for spending Christmas Eve with us. We are glad that you enjoyed. Happy Holidays!

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vipgvk65
Charlotte
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal as always at Zinicola!

Zinicola
Responded on December 22, 2020

We're glad to hear that! Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try Zinicola for a number of reasons, including the already great reviews, and it did not disappoint. They food was outstanding- gourmet without gourmet price tag, and the service was excellent. This quickly became my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. Thank you, Zinicola, for a top quality dining experience- we will definitely be back!

Zinicola
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thanks for giving us a try! Your review is sincerely appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you more often!

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SusanO
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had The Chicken Parmigiana it was outstanding! My husband had the Ziti and seafood dish he loved it ! Our waiter who I do not know his name he was very attentive! He was originally from North Africa !

Zinicola
Responded on December 8, 2020

Susan, we're thrilled you enjoyed your selections! Thank you for your review. We hope to serve you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and excellent food. My Uncle booked it three nights in a row. Won’t eat anywhere else when he visits CLT. Wish we weren’t at round table just inside front door. Hard for him to hear and draft from door.

Zinicola
Responded on December 18, 2020

Thank you for the fantastic review! We're delighted to know how your family enjoys dining with us!

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JimC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian cuisine! The staples (spaghetti, bolognese, ravioli) all made fresh and truly outstanding. Specialty dishes, veal parmigiana, veal chop, flounder, etc. to die for. Service was incredible, ambience elegant but comfortable and staff was super welcoming and genuine. We loved it so much Friday, we returned Saturday for dinner!

Zinicola
Responded on December 7, 2020

Jim, thank you for the fantastic review! We certainly appreciate all the feedback you've shared here. Please join us again soon!

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CindyR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was delicious & a great value. Very very fresh & tasty.

Zinicola
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thanks for the five stars, Cindy! See you next time.

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vipAlice
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining at Zinicola and we were not disappointed. Our server was very attentive to our needs as well as other staff members. We felt safe with guidelines followed for CV. We do plan a return trip to dine again.

Zinicola
Responded on November 25, 2020

Alice, thank you for sharing your experience. We are glad to read this review and to know that you felt safe during a time like this. We hope to welcome you back in the future!

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vipgvk65
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent lunch with a friend! The food was great and a good value. Definitely will come back! Outside seating available too.

Zinicola
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review! We are glad that you had a pleasant lunch. We hope to see you again!

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vipJackieO
Charlotte
69 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zinicola is a lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food and wine selections are very good, prices are reasonable, portions are generous. The service on Saturday night was excellent. The booths and table were socially distant and the servers wore masks and gloves and did not stand too close. We felt very safe in eating at Zinicola.

Zinicola
Responded on November 18, 2020

Thank you for the generous feedback, Jackie. We are pleased to read that you had a comforting and satisfying dining experience with us. We love hearing appreciation from our customers. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forwarding to welcoming you back again in the future.

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vipAnthonyB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner experience, one again!

Zinicola
Responded on November 9, 2020

Anthony, we're thrilled to hear that! See you next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

Zinicola
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please join us again soon.

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vipAngieC
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing! This is our second time here and we have had some of the best food we have ever eaten!

Zinicola
Responded on November 3, 2020

Angie, thank you for visiting again! We appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you next time.

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vipwoody
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

Zinicola
Responded on October 30, 2020

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

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vipSteveG
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wish they had a little move expansive bar stock specifically burbon

Zinicola
Responded on October 29, 2020

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

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vipProvPlantationer
Charlotte
69 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
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 on October 29, 2020

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
34 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
44 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
8 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
8 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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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 460 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.