Richard Cranmer has worked at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach and Washington, but he says the inspiration for his new restaurant Zinicola, opening in December in Ballantyne Village, is his Italian grandmother, who lived in San Giorgio a Liri.
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“Every meal at her table was a celebration that brought people together without pretense or pomp,” says Cranmer, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.
Cranmer describes Zinicola as scratch-made and seasonal using locally sourced ingredients and recipes passed down in his family. The menu will include wood-fired pizza, handmade pastas, fish and meats, with a full bar and wines.
The restaurant, 14835 Ballantyne Village Way, will open in December, although a date has not yet been set.