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.
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Multiple dates available
Tue 12:00 PM - 2:30 PMHappy 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
- 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
Roasted Beets, Pancetta, Pesto, Beet Puree
Shrimp, Calamari, Crab Meat, Scallops, Garlic, Shallots, Broccoli, Tomato Sauce
Birthday lunch. Great service, food, and drink selection. We will return for dinner. Highly recommend
Great birthday dinner spot! Meatball appetizer was fabulous and the homemade pasta dishes are excellent.
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!
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!!!!
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.
The mussels were outstanding. My wife said best she has ever had.
Perfect everything ! We loved our food and drinks the ambience was amazing.
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!
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.
Thank you for providing feedback. We hope this does not keep you from returning, as we know we can provide a 5-star experience.
Would highly recommend. Food was delish and service was great!
Great service! Best I’ve ever had &
Will be back soon
It was amazing! Great food, service, and overall experience. Highly would recommend the chicken parm or the seafood rigatoni.
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.
A very pleasant dinner! Good ambience, service and food at a reasonable price. Our server, Jamal was very kind and attentive.
We're glad to hear Jamal was able to provide a 5-star dining experience, John! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Great service and atmosphere! Food is on point.
Thanks for the great review!
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service and great food.
Thank you, Phillip! We appreciate your feedback.
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!
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!
Great date night spot. Great seafood.
Thank you for the great insights. We can't wait to welcome you back again!
Smaller portions but quality n excellent!! Our top in the area
We're proud to be one of your favorites. Thank you for sharing your review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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 ❤️
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!
Not impressed with the food. Won’t be back.
Great atmosphere and lighting. Delicious food. Friendly staff.
Great place for a special occasion or even an everyday dinner.
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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.
The menu looked amazing, staff was awesome, but all of our entrees were SO SALTY we could barely eat them.
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.
This is a consistently excellent restaurant. It is a family favorite.
We're proud to be one of your favorites! Thank you for sharing your feedback, come dine with us again soon.
A hidden gem! The service and food were phenomenal
We're happy to know we were able to impress you! Thank you for the great feedback.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
Scott, thank you for sharing such a fantastic review! We're delighted you enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you next time!
Best pasta ever anywhere!
We're glad you think so, Tammie!
Excellent service and food. Accommodating with minor food changes.
Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please join us again soon.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.