by Charlottesville29

Lampo929 Second St. NE . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 244-3226

Why Lampo?

In an era when many chefs seek to create the next big thing, Lampo’s chefs devote themselves to a traditional food governed by rigid rules: Neapolitan pizza. With practice, study, and expert tutoring, the Lampo kicten has mastered the pizza, which alone warrants a slot in The Charlottesville 29.

But, there’s much, much, more. Some chefs vow to keep it simple, but then cannot help themselves. When it comes to keeping it simple, Lampo’s chefs walk the walk, embracing the Campanian approach to food: use outstanding ingredients and get out of the way, allowing the product to shine. The results can often leave customers wondering how something so simple can taste so good.

For now, Lampo is takeout-only, from its second location in IX Art Park. Its original Belmont is temporarily closed.

What to Order

Specials invariably warrant consideration, having won Dish of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. On the regular menu, a standout is the porchetta panuozzo, which three different area chefs named the best thing they ate all year. Below are our picks, choices by Lampo’s own chefs, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where other area chefs and personalities have named a Lampo dish one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Antipasti: Pane; Polpettine al Forno
  • Insalata: Cavolo Nero; Cavoletti Di Bruxelles
  • Panuozzo: Porchetta; Muffalata; Vegetable
  • Pizza: Margherita D.O.C.; Marinara D.O.C.
  • Specials

Chefs’ Picks

  • Cavoletti Di Bruxelles (Mendosa)
  • Vegetable Panuozzo (Mendosa and Beerens)
  • Marinara D.O.C. Pizza (Beerens)

Five Finds on Friday Picks