Zinicola, An Old-World Italian Restaurant, Brings Its Spring Menu to South Charlotte

Photos by The Plaid Penguin

The story of Zinicola is one rooted in love. For executive chef and owner Richard Cranmer, the foundation of the new Italian spot is his mother and his nonna. For years, these two women’s food brought their family together. 

Every year as a young child, Cranmer traveled to Italy to visit his nonna; there, he says, he witnessed a woman who loved her family through the food she cooked. Following in her footsteps with Zinicola, Cranmer incorporates the flavors of each season, making all pastas from scratch and serving guest as if they were family. 

Located in Ballantine Village, Zinicola opened its doors just this past December, and even though it’s only been open a few months, it is already leaving its mark on the Queen City. With locally-grown produce and Cranmer managing to recreate his family’s magnificently crafted old-world recipes, it’s no wonder Zinicola is already becoming a staple. In addition to new menu options this spring, the restaurant is also opening a full-service outdoor bar and dining space. 

The menu includes lighter fare, like a tuna crudo and a beet salad, freshly prepared pizzas, classic pastas, and entrees that range from short rib to seafood and vegetarian options.

For Cranmer, his granItalian cuisine isn’t just a passion, it is the foundation of everything he does. With Zinicola, he has truly managed to bring heartfelt dining to the Queen City.