The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Lampo and Blenheim Popping Up this Sunday


Belmont is the place to be this Sunday.

From 12 until 3, Lampo, the hugely popular Neapolitan pizzeria, will host its first ever pop-up brunch.  If all goes well, it won’t be their last, and, based on the menu items we sampled, it’s bound to go well.  A white pizza based loosely on carbonara (pictured above) is stellar, topped with porchetta, parsley, pecorino, and 63 degree sous vide eggs.  Also delicious is a modern riff on the classic Spanish tortilla, inspired by super-chef Ferran Adria: creamy scrambled eggs with discs of smokey chorizo and, Adria’s addition: potato chips (pictured below). Lampo’s chips are house-made and flavored of pickles to offset the rich eggs and chorizo.  There will also be sous vide, fried duck with waffles.  And, regulars will be happy to know that Lampo will bring back the popular Hellboy pizza. “People have been clamoring for it and the Scorpion pepper sauce is finally ready,” said chef and co-owner Loren Mendosa.


To go with the grub, bar manager and co-owner Andrew Cole has some special brunch drinks planned, including a paw paw daiquiri and a spicy Bloody Mary with San Marzano tomatoes and pickled friarelli peppers.

After brunch, you can get your weekend wine-tasting fix right next door at The Bridge PAI.  From 12 until 6, Blenheim Vineyards will host a pop-up tasting room, offering tastings, wine on tap, growler fills, and bottle sales.  Details below.

That’s a solid Sunday.


Special Evening at Parallel 38


Here’s a chance to enjoy some of the best dishes from one of Charlottesville’s best restaurants, all while supporting a great cause.  On Tuesday, September 15, from 6 pm – 8 pm, Parallel 38, which last year was named Charlottesville’s best new restaurant, is hosting a fundraiser reception for Frost Montessori.  The restaurant will serve samplings of an array of their best dishes, plus one red wine, one white wine, and one special cocktail for the evening.  A $50 ticket buys a guest all of this food and drink that they’d like. Best of all, the restaurant, which frequently supports local charities, is generously donating the food and drink for the evening, which means ticket proceeds can go directly to the school.  Frost Montessori devotes proceeds from fundraisers like these towards improvements to their children’s school experience.

Only sixty tickets are being sold, and are likely to go fast.  Reserve yours now before they are gone, by emailing We hope to see you there.

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