Restaurant of the Week: Zin Uncommon

As the name suggests, Zin Uncommon in Delafield is anything but common. By taking traditional Italian cuisine and putting a modern Californian twist on it, this local gem invites guests to enjoy divine dining experiences seasoned with love. 

Even before entering the establishment, Zin Uncommon greets its guests with a cozy cream brick exterior adorned with shimmering string lights and a welcomingly well-lit ambience peeking through the many windows. Once inside, the airy atmosphere is enhanced with shabby chic stone walls and neutral accents, contrasted by colorful stained glass, vibrant modern art and wine-inspired decor.

Just like the setting, the menu also aims to make guests feel at home, wrapped in a warm hug from Italy. It’s no surprise that pasta is the star of the show at Zin Uncommon. Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free fettuccine or a creamy shrimp concasse, each pasta dish is made-to-order, making it effortlessly easy to personalize your plate. From start to finish, an ever-apparent appreciation for made-from-scratch meals is unparalleled.

Zin Uncommon

Begin your culinary journey with a steamy and saucy selection of small plates to share with the table, like crab cakes with a crispy crust and a soulfully seasoned interior, to beautifully braised shrimp tempura on a bed of creamy coleslaw accompanied by honey-lime aioli and candied walnuts. Scrumptious salads are perfectly plated and feature fresh ingredients. The avocado bacon chop is a must-try salad packed with red leaf romaine blended seamlessly with bits of cucumber, tomato and pepperoncini. Then, a symphony of mozzarella, romano cheese and bacon combine with an avocado red wine vinaigrette to create a forkful of bliss. 

From there, guests will meet their match with customizable pizzas, an abundance of pasta dishes and irresistible classic entrees with contemporary twists. With so many mouthwatering options, don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. Servers will guide guests to their perfect plate with a smile, superior service and a sincere appreciation for setting the scene for an exceptional dining experience.

No matter what entree you decide on, you can’t go wrong with one of Zin Uncommon’s most popular options. The chicken parmesan is like comfort on a plate. Parmesan-panko-encrusted chicken breasts perch above fettuccine pasta and creamy homemade alfredo sauce. The hearty dish is balanced by garden-fresh house marinara and golden-gleaming mozzarella. In addition, the rigatoni is hard to pass up. This pasta dish is brimming with a blend of Italian sausage, tomatoes and fresh basil folded into a stunning asiago cream sauce.

Zin Uncommon

At the same time, the bar boasts a wide array of beer, wine, cocktails and martinis. In traditional Wisconsin fashion, definitely try out the Zin Fashioned for a delightfully unconventional twist on the classic sip. But if you’re in search of something a bit stronger, check out the never-ending list of creative martinis, featuring flavors like sparkling pomegranate, lemon basil and the ever-classic espresso. Or, if you’re needing something to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to ask for a key lime pie or tiramisu martini.

Speaking of sweets, your dining experience won’t be complete without a delectable dessert. With everything from seasonal crème brûlée to Death by Chocolate cake, there is something for everyone. At least once, you have to test out the tiramisu to find your new favorite. The coffee-infused puffy pastry layers are complemented by creamy mascarpone and beautified with a sprinkling of chocolatey cocoa powder to top off your evening.

Through and through, it’s no wonder why Zin Uncommon has been a staple in the Lake Country community for nearly 20 years. Nestled in adorably charming Downtown Delafield, this unique Italian restaurant is the perfect place for a lovely lunch with good company or a romantic date night on the town. Weekly specials are ideal for a more personalized experience; from Monday steak night to Friday fish fry, any night of the week can be made into an occasion. Be on the lookout for Wednesday date night for an amazing deal. This special provides guests with a three-course meal for two and a bottle of wine to create the perfect pairing. 

Zin Uncommon California Italian is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to close, and offers both dine-in and carry-out options. Be sure to check out Zin’s beloved sister restaurant, Fishbone’s Cajun & Creole Restaurant, another family-owned and -operated establishment just down the road.

To learn more about Zin Uncommon, visit zincredible.com.

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