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3 Penny Cafe
420 W. Main St. (in the former Zinc building)

Salads, artisan pizzas and wines and cheeses. Numerous gluten-free, dairy free and vegetarian options.

Anna's Pizza #5
115 Maury Ave. (near Yuan Ho)

Different specials every day. Pizza, hot sandwiches, spaghetti. Take out or eat in; no delivery. Can accommodate large parties.

109 14th St. (on the Corner)

Mediterranean bistro, with late-night pizza on weekends.

707 W. Main St.

A casual, family-style, Roman Italian dining venue, with a 60-seat capability.

Belmont Pizza & Pub
221 Carlton Road, Suite 10

Benny Deluca's
913 W. Main St.

Brick Oven
1966 Rio Hill Center (Rio Hill Shopping Center, next to Kroger)

Nice varieties of pizza, sandwiches, and pasta. Good salad bar.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
1133 Emmet St. N.

Allows you to get your personal pizza as a half-and-half, so you can try more varieties.

Christian's Pizzeria Student Favorite
118 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall)
100 14th St. (The Corner)
1880 Abbey Road (Pantops)

Whole or by the slice. Voted "best pizza" by C-ville Weekly readers in 2001. Toppings include pesto, artichokes, avocado, tortellini, and BBQ chicken. Carry out available—call ahead.

Cici's Pizza
Seminole Square Shopping Center (29 North)

Dallas, Texas pizza chain. All-you-can-eat buffet.

Cobb's New York Pizza and Grill
2800 Hydraulic Road

A variety of food including salad, pizza, calzones, sandwiches and pasta.

College Inn
1511 University Ave. (Corner)

Pizza, subs, Greek and Italian dishes. Choose traditional or gourmet toppings for your pizza (including feta cheese and artichoke hearts), or choose from a selection of specialty pizzas.

Crozet Pizza Student Favorite Faculty Fave
5794 Three Notch'd Road (Route 240 W. in Crozet, 12 miles west)

No credit cards. So popular that you often need reservations. Worth the trip.

End Zone Pizza
1764 Timberwood Blvd., 29 North

Pick-up and delivery. Also subs, appetizers, cheese bread, salads, calzones, lasagna, burgers.

Fabio's New York Pizza
1551 E. High St.

New York-style pizza.

Corner of West Market and Second Street NW

Ten percent discount for paying cash (excludes alcohol). Reservations recommended

Fry's Spring Station Faculty Fave
2115 Jefferson Park Ave.

The 1931 building that served as Fry's Spring Service Station for 70 years is now home to gourmet food, over 30 Italian wines, and local brews, including ales from their very own Jefferson Street Brewery.

Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria Faculty Fave
Pizza and other Italian delights.

The 1931 building t

The Villa Diner
129 N. Emmet St.

Breakfast all day. Greek and Italian lunch and dinner. Checks not accepted.

Mellow Mushroom
1321 W. Main St. (Corner, below the Red Roof Inn)

Good pizza; slow service. Sometimes delivers. Big-screen TV. 40 beers on tap.

Mona Lisa Pasta
921 Preston Ave.

Fresh-made pasta, a variety of sauces and pesto, and traditional Italian entrees to go. Pizzas are baked in a wood-stone gas-fired oven on a stone hearth. Pasta and sauce sold by the pound. Also has a small Italian grocery. Catering available. Cooking classes offered.

Mykonos Cafe
232 Zan Road

Features Greek and Italian food.

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar
416 W. Main Street (in Main Street Market)

Mediterranean-inspired menu and extensive wine list. The website boasts a dedication "to nurturing the Central Virginia creating wholesome meals and using fresh local ingredients...." A 10% Tuesday program gives back 10% to local charities. The bar is cozy and relaxed. Service is excellent. Will deliver boxed lunches with a minimum of 10 meals. Event hosting and catering available. Check it out during Charlottesville's Restaurant Week.

Palladio Restaurant
(540) 832-7848
17655 Winery Road, Barboursville

Cuisine from Northern Italy served with Barboursville wines. Overlooks the vineyard.

Pizza Bella
32 Millcreek Drive/Avon Extended

Pizza, pasta, salads. Interesting items like smoked trout spring rolls. If you want, they will make the pizza and then you can take it home and bake it.

Red Pump Kitchen
401 E. Main St.

Mediterranean, Tuscan and Italian cuisine. Plans cooking classes as well.

1329 W. Main St.

Pizza, some exotic, made from scratch. You'll find Oyster Rockefeller with the bivalves smoked; a rabbit veal combination; a Greek gyro and feta mixture, and more of an old stand-by Basilico: mozzarella basil and pecorino. Opened by the owners of Basil. They offer 200 different bottled beers and full wine list. On the Corner. Delivery.

Sal's Caffe Italia
221 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Brick oven pizza, subs, pasta. Outdoor seating available.

Tavola Faculty Fave Student Favorite
826 Hinton Ave. (Belmont)

This is intimate rustic Italian dining at its best. Emphasizing creative, local and seasonal foods, Tavola, "food table" in Italian, delights. The sea scallops, served atop a leek and beet risotto melts in your mouth. Finished with a white truffle oil, it is a perfect dish. If pasta is what you crave, the linguine alla carbonara was the best we've had. The wine list features small batch, artisanal producers. Service was impeccable. No reservations.

Tip Top
1420 Richmond Road (Route 250, just past the Pantops Mountain Shopping Center, on the left)

Italian and Greek food; pizza and gyros.

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
2075 Bond Street, Suite 100, at the Shops at Stonefield

An Italian restaurant chain. We recommend you begin with a crisp house salad or a Granny Smith apple salad and warm Italian bread. Try a fresh chicken, veal or seafood dish. Pastas … cream sauces, robust marinaras. The Sinatra Chicken is a local favorite along with Veal Saltimbocca and Seafood Pescatora. Committed to using the freshest ingredients, Travinia displays a passion for Italian food which can be seen in both their lunch and dinner menus.

Vita Nova
310 East Main St. (Downtown Mall), also on the Corner

Gourmet Italian cuisine. Eat in, carry-out or delivery. Accepts credit cards. Extremely similar to Christian's Pizza. Used to be Sylvia’s Pizza.

2244 Ivy Road (next to Sneak Reviews Video)

Pasta, seafood. Outdoor patio, date-friendly atmosphere. One of the best deals in town.

Vinny's Italian Grill and Pizza
241 Conner Drive (off 29 North and Timberwood Blvd.)

Virginia-based franchise Italian food.

Vocelli Pizza
1857 Seminole Trail (Route 29 N. just before Woodbrook Drive)

Franchise pizza, stromboli, panini, antipasto and cannoli. Has printable nutrition guide.


Restaurants come and go. For the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, see the list in the back of C-Ville Weekly, (Dining Website) or check out, which offers surveys and rankings of local restaurants. For true-blue foodies, the Hook's food blog, The Dish, offers breaking news on dining and food.


Vivace offers a romantic outdoor patio setting for warm nights.

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