Zinicola

4.5
516 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.

Offers

  • Best Happy Hour In Charlotte

    Multiple dates available

    Tue 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Happy Hour Food Menu 4-7pm everyday, Tuesday half off wines, Wednesday half off drafts and buy one get one pizzas, Thursday $4 titos, Sunday brunch with $3 mimosas, $5 bloodys

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
What 516 people are saying
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vipMichaelD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch. Great service, food, and drink selection. We will return for dinner. Highly recommend

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vipShellyH
Louisville
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner spot! Meatball appetizer was fabulous and the homemade pasta dishes are excellent.

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Michael
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We would definitely recommend il polpo alla griglia/grilled octopus. We have had it in the past and always tender and flavorful. We both had the branzino, another favorite.
Service was very good.
Complimenti al cuoco Napolitano!

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vipDonR
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahh, a date with my wife! And our experience at Zinicola did not disappoint! Food and service was really wonderful! We both enjoyed the appetizers, the entree, and of course dessert! The food was exceptional! They are doing it right!!!!

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vipXteen
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s in a shopping center but easy to spot with easy parking. The wood fired oven is used to toast the bread with a garlic glaze . It was good. Didn’t like that the bartender kept lowering his mask to speak though. We got mussels that were ok and had to ask for bread but the pasta Bologna’s was excellent as well as the crime brûlée. The best deal was the bottle of wine for 1/2 price though. Our waitress was sweet and helpful.

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ClarkJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The mussels were outstanding. My wife said best she has ever had.

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DrMH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everything ! We loved our food and drinks the ambience was amazing.

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Brit
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Zinicola for a friends birthday. None of our group had been there before but we all loved it! They took great care of us- from the friendly hostess to the attentive server and the awesome manager on duty. All of our dishes were delicious with the exception of one which we mentioned to our server and it was taken care of and replaced right away. We will be back!

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AnabelN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was ok... they had run out of what I originally wanted, but they had a similar item. It was over cooked. Braised beef is not spooked to to hard and dry. The pizza that was ordered was not bubbly or hot, it looked like it had been sitting on the counter for awhile and it was old looking. Nice atmosphere but they need to work on their food.

Zinicola
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback. We hope this does not keep you from returning, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend. Food was delish and service was great!

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KeithL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Best I’ve ever had &
Will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great food, service, and overall experience. Highly would recommend the chicken parm or the seafood rigatoni.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food was bland and under seasoned but plated well. Probably the result of struggling management. We were dining early in the evening but told several items in the menu were already sold out. We also got several apologies that they were short staffed, though they were at best at 20% capacity. They tried real hard to fix the scallops but the best I got were scallops seared on one side, served with cold soggy pancetta. Oso Bucco required a knife to cut, and risotto and sauce had no flavor. Great ambiance and staff though. Would definitely come back for drinks.

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vipJohnH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant dinner! Good ambience, service and food at a reasonable price. Our server, Jamal was very kind and attentive.

Zinicola
Responded on April 5, 2021

We're glad to hear Jamal was able to provide a 5-star dining experience, John! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Food is on point.

Zinicola
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

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ChiefH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was slow. My water glass sat empty several times for a long time before it got filled. Our waiter seemed to pay more attention to every other table but ours. Porchini Risotto was not done. The waiter offered to get us another made to take home. That one wasn’t done either. Rice was not creamy. It was still hard. Seafood Rigatoni was good but didn’t stand out. Arancini was decent and had a little kick to it. The arugula salad had hardly any taste. Couldn’t hardly taste the dressing. Only good thing was the pistachio crusted fries goat cheese balls that came with the salad. They should have put that as a appetizer by itself with some toasted bread to spread it on. Overall it wasn’t great. I’ve had better elsewhere.

Zinicola
Responded on April 8, 2021

We are sorry to read this review, as we strive to provide a wonderful dining experience every time. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal and left feeling disappointed. We hope to welcome you back again in the future, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.

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LaurieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and owner of this establishment go out of their way to provide a dining experience .... Logan and Alex are absolutely fantastic
The food is super quality!!!!!
MAY God continue to bless this establishment !!

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're truly humbled to receive such kind feedback. Thank you, Laurie, we're happy to know you can always expect a wonderful experience with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The manager was amazing. Great personality! Server was overwhelmed for sure. Took 90 minutes to get entrees.. for the $100 that we spent you could get more flavor from a chef boy r dee can.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We appreciate your feedback of your most recent experience with us and apologize if anything fell below your standards. We hope to have you visit again so we may have the opportunity to fully impress you.

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PhillipG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you, Phillip! We appreciate your feedback.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were extremely pleased with our dinner at Zinicola! We recently moved to the area from New York and have been in search of quality Italian food and we have finally found it. Our server Brennan was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I took my parents here when they came to visit and everything was delicious from the wine, salad, fig jam pizza, fish, and pasta dishes. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic We will definitely be returning!

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're thrilled to have met and exceeded your expectations, Morgan. Thank you for all of your kind feedback. We look forward to all your future visits with us!

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CREIGHTONB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. Great seafood.

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you for the great insights. We can't wait to welcome you back again!

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LaurieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Smaller portions but quality n excellent!! Our top in the area

Zinicola
Responded on March 24, 2021

We're proud to be one of your favorites. Thank you for sharing your review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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AmberD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for my husband’s birthday....had reservations, walked in and they were ready for us! Our server, Logan, was sweet and friendly. She was knowledgeable and the service was on point. We had dessert and I def recommend this place. The portion size was a little small to my eyes but honestly for the price and a bottle of wine, etc, I wasn’t hungry at all when we left! It was the perfect portion! They even had a candle in his dessert ❤️

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We are glad to know we were able to ensure you had a wonderful memorable experience with us, Amber. Thank you for sharing all of your great feedback, it was a pleasure having you dine with us. We look forward to all your future visits!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not impressed with the food. Won’t be back.

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HEATHERB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lighting. Delicious food. Friendly staff.

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vipPareshN
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for a special occasion or even an everyday dinner.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We value your insights! Thank you for sharing your feedback with others.

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vipBeth
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Zinicola many times and it’s always a wonderful experience. There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful the branzino at Zinicola is. The mixture of fennel, tomatoes, olives and capers is delectable. If you haven’t been to this Ballantyne gem, you need to try it. You won’t be sorry.

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CharlyR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The menu looked amazing, staff was awesome, but all of our entrees were SO SALTY we could barely eat them.

Zinicola
Responded on March 22, 2021

We regret to read your entrees were not to your liking. We are always happy to accommodate our guests in whatever way we can and wish we would've had the opportunity to improve your experience with us at the time of service. We hope you'll decide to give us another try in the future.

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a consistently excellent restaurant. It is a family favorite.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We're proud to be one of your favorites! Thank you for sharing your feedback, come dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! The service and food were phenomenal

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We're happy to know we were able to impress you! Thank you for the great feedback.

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IndyK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so happy we went. We were having second thoughts based on several unfavorable reviews. We had a fabulous time. It was four of us, 2 of us birthdays. Alex was our waiter and he did an excellent job of making us feel welcomed and the service was precise and tentative. The pasta was delicious. Everything was delicious. My friend had Eggplant Lasagna, (so fresh and creamy), Veal Parm (plenty of veal and was so tender), Chicken Parm, Pappardelle with clams & mussels (fresh and delicious, the pasta was perfectly al-dente). The cocktails were just as delicious and consistent. Limoncello Martini & Italian Mule. For dessert (complimentary for our birthdays) Creme Brulle & Pistachio Gelato. You absolutely have to try this place. Making a reservation was simple, all employees wore a mask, table seating was spaced out and the bathroom was impeccably clean. The Owner walked by a couple of times (not too much) inquired how we were doing and was everything good. We love this place, definitely on our return list.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We're glad you decided to give us a try and that our services and food met and exceed your expectations! Thank you for choosing us to celebrate with, it was our pleasure serving you. We value your insightful feedback and recommendation of us to others and we look forward to welcoming you back again.

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vipMerryMcs
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been a while since our last visit. Pre Covid we used to stop by 3 or 4 times a year.
We ordered our starters and then ordered our entrees after the starters had arrived. The dishes were served very quickly so we were glad we split our order. The octopus starter was incredible. The octopus almost melted in our mouths. The arugula, beet and goat cheese salad we very good. We had the sausage, mushroom pasta special. It was very rich. We were glad we shared as it would have been too much for a single person. We also had the apple and fig pizza. It was very good though it was a little light on the gorgonzola.
We will be back.

Zinicola
Responded on March 17, 2021

We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your insights and we're proud all of our food was to your liking! Thank you for your continued support, we are glad to know you can always expect delicious food and a wonderful experience with us. Come dine with us again soon!

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ScottN
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We had a new waiter that was in training. He was fabulous. Very engaged & explained things on the menu as well as made recommendations. We had a wonderful time & look forward to going back again soon!!!

Zinicola
Responded on March 2, 2021

Scott, thank you for sharing such a fantastic review! We're delighted you enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you next time!

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vipTammieL
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta ever anywhere!

Zinicola
Responded on March 2, 2021

We're glad you think so, Tammie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Accommodating with minor food changes.

Zinicola
Responded on March 2, 2021

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

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VFerreira
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience here! The music was not too loud either which is so nice - especially when maybe dining with parents who don’t like it super loud. Our server was fantastic.
Highly recommend this place!

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SMKNC
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got a late reservation for Friday. Our server wasn't responsible for our table but she was covering for a server who was very busy. Then she disappeared but the manager took our order. All that out of the way, the rest of the service was prompt, the food was excellent - roasted octopus, Caesar salad, burrata salad, rack of lamb, and black linguini with clans and mussels. It was much bigger than we'd thought. There are 4-5 sections, each with a different feel. I'd prefer to sit in a slightly more central table next time.

Zinicola
Responded on February 23, 2021

We appreciate your patience and understanding! Thank you for sharing your insight and feedback of the most recent experience you had with us. We're glad our food was to your liking and we look forward to improving more and more with every next visit.

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David
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Zinicola was good, we were there on a Tuesday night so it was half-price off wine :). The food was good, but the menu seemed limited. Overall, it was a great ambiance and good food.

Zinicola
Responded on February 23, 2021

We're glad you were able to take advantage of one of our specials! Thank you for sharing the great experience you had, come dine with us again soon.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Maybe the regular menu would have been nice. By far the worst Valentines dinner EVER! The dinner was not good whatsoever. We left hungry and bought fast food afterwards.

Zinicola
Responded on February 26, 2021

We are disappointed to see our options here did not meet your level of satisfaction and we regret there wasn't more we could do for you at the time of service to improve your experience. We hope to receive another opportunity to impress you sometime in the future.

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Corn
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

The service and drinks were great. The food on the other hand was solid at best. The price point does not match the quality of food presented.

Zinicola
Responded on February 23, 2021

We appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve future experiences with us. Thank you for your recognition of our wonderful services, we hope to have the opportunity to serve 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 516 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.