Zinicola brings Nonna-approved Italian comfort food to Ballantyne Village
Looking for authentic Italian cuisine in Ballantyne? You’re in for a treat if you haven’t already visited Zinicola in Ballantyne Village.
Chef Richard Cranmer opened the family-owned spot late 2017. His own Italian heritage and passion for cooking has helped bring the dream of this restaurant to life for him, his wife Najiya, and their young son.
The restaurant is warm and inviting and has a bit of a fancy white linen tablecloth vibe. It’s received 4.3/5 stars on Google, 4.5/5 stars on Facebook, and 4/5 stars on Yelp.
Here are 6 things to know about Zinicola before you go.
You won’t find any chicken parm here.
Zinicola is all about authentic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients — including hand-made pasta — that change with the season.
Expect hearty comfort foods like osso bucco, risotto and lasagna.
“Zinicola” is Chef Richard’s mother’s maiden name.
His menu inspiration comes from his family. He grew up traveling to Italy each summer and fondly remembers watching his Nonna (grandmother) and mother cook.
“The meals that were prepared by his mother and Nonna are what brought everyone together,” his wife Najiya said.
Their goal is to create a restaurant where everyone is treated like family.
Veal Ravioli (with sweet breads and summer black truffles)
Pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Choose from margherita, rozzo, prosciutto or quattro formaggio.
In addition to an extensive wine menu, Zinicola offers an impressive lineup of more than a dozen martinis and craft cocktails.
Private event space is available for meetings and special occasions.
The main dining room seats 60, and the private dining area seats 30. Considering Ballantyne Village is surrounded by corporate offices, businesses will put that room to use.
And an open outdoor bar will be ready for use very soon.
Just in time for summer, guests will be able to eat and drink on Zinicola’s sidewalk patio with easy access to drinks at an indoor/outdoor bar.
Header photo via Facebook
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