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
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Beef, Veal, Tomato Sauce, Pecorino
Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, Ricotta Cheese
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
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
Fantastic from star to finish. Going back next week?
We're thrilled to hear that, Lisa! See you then!
Great service, good food quality and tasteful ambiance
Thank you for the wonderful review, Rajah! We hope you will join us again!
I've been here a few times for lunch, but never dinner. They made our NYE really special..BRAVO Zinicola!
Thank you for celebrating with us! Your review is truly appreciated.
I would recommend this place, it has a very good ambience.
Thank you for the great review! We look forward to your next visit.
It’s our go to for Christmas Eve dinner. Wonderful as usual with a menu that pleases everyone!
We appreciate the five stars, Amy! Thank you for spending Christmas Eve with us. We are glad that you enjoyed. Happy Holidays!
Had a great meal as always at Zinicola!
We're glad to hear that! Thank you for your review!
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!
Thanks for giving us a try! Your review is sincerely appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you more often!
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 !
Susan, we're thrilled you enjoyed your selections! Thank you for your review. We hope to serve you again soon!
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.
Thank you for the fantastic review! We're delighted to know how your family enjoys dining with us!
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!
Jim, thank you for the fantastic review! We certainly appreciate all the feedback you've shared here. Please join us again soon!
Lunch was delicious & a great value. Very very fresh & tasty.
Thanks for the five stars, Cindy! See you next time.
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.
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!
Had an excellent lunch with a friend! The food was great and a good value. Definitely will come back! Outside seating available too.
Thank you for the five-star review! We are glad that you had a pleasant lunch. We hope to see you again!
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.
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.
Great dinner experience, one again!
Anthony, we're thrilled to hear that! See you next time.
Great food and service.
Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please join us again soon.
Food and service were amazing! This is our second time here and we have had some of the best food we have ever eaten!
Angie, thank you for visiting again! We appreciate your review, and look forward to seeing you next time.
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
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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!
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.