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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.


Five Finds on Friday: Patrick Evans


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Patrick Evans, baker and co-owner of MarieBette, and creator of the bakery’s many delicious pastries, like, our favorite, the canele, as well as the brioche feuilletée, which has become a bit of a sensation since being dubbed a bronut, leading some even to call for a “national movement of bronuts.” Evans’ picks:

1)  Pizza with Pepperoni and Red Onions from Mona Lisa.  “This is a custom order pie usually, but sometimes they have it by the slice.”

2)  A dinner of Rosé from Blenheim Vineyards, a Sesame Baguette from MarieBette, and an entire wedge of Delice de Bourgogne from Trader Joe’s.  “Sometimes I’ll share some of the cheese with my daughter Betty, who we lovingly call ‘the cheese monster!'”

3)  Weekend Sandwich Special from JM Stock Provisions.  “Whatever it is, it’s gonna be good, and it’s usually on MarieBette Virginia Sourdough!”

4)  Burger Cooked “Red” with Fries and a Pickle at Citizen Burger Bar.  “They don’t do the traditional rare, medium rare, medium, well done here . . . but I realized that RED is the closest to medium rare, and it hits the spot.”

5)  Crispy Tofu Bento Box from Cafe 88.  “I once called to order this on the phone and Lee, the owner, responded by saying ‘OK Patrick, it’ll be ready soon!’ I didn’t know she knew my name, but this kind of small town familiarity is one of the great things about Charlottesville.”

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Pelton

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Emily Pelton, Winemaker at Veritas Vineyards and Winery, who next week, on March 31, will be part of a very special event at Clifton Inn: the Women in Wine Dinner. It will feature six courses of chef Tucker Yoder’s food paired with wines from Pelton, Kirsty Harmon of Blenheim Vineyards, and Pamela Margaux of Margaux and Company. The menu looks fantastic.  Call 434-971-1800 to reserve your spot.  Pelton’s picks:

1)  Chirashi and a Hendricks Dirty Martini at the bar at TEN. “My favorite quick, de-stress dinner.”

2)  Burger and Blanc de Blancs at Brookville.  “It is outstanding and creative, and perfectly balanced, even in its over-the-top nature. My favorite meal to share with a friend and a bottle of Thibaut–Janisson, Cuvee D’Etat 2008.”

3)  Fried Chicken and a Hangar Hound at The Whiskey Jar.  “It’s my favorite comfort food on the mall. I love Will Richey’s passion for good traditional recipes, and his passion for local and fresh.”

4)  Bangkok Mussels at Public Fish & Oyster.  “One of my new favorite dishes. There is possibly no better meal than moules frites, and they do a great job of keeping it classic with a really flavorful twist.”

5)  Fried Oysters and Barboursville Pinot Grigio at Three Notch’d Grill.  “A wonderful combination of savory crunchy friedness and fresh zestiness.”

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