The Charlottesville 29

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

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The 2018 Charlottesville 29: Ivy Inn

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Photo by Tom McGovern.

The 2018 Charlottesville 29 is here, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in the Charlottesville area, what would be the ideal 29? One restaurant will be added each day, until The 2018 Charlottesville 29 is complete.

Next up is Ivy Inn, which, in the caring hands of Angelo and Farrell Vangelopoulos, has been the backbone of Charlottesville fine dining for more than two decades. Why Ivy Inn? See the Ivy Inn guide, with ordering recommendations from Vangelopoulos himself, other chefs around town, and The Charlottesville 29.

Five Finds on Friday: PK Kamath

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Photo by Jen Fariello

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from PK Kamath, co-owner of Fry’s Spring Station and Ivy Provisions. Fry’s Spring Station has just launched DoGood Mondays, where each Monday the restaurant donates 10% of sales to a local school or non-profit. This Monday, it will be Hoos Heal 5K, benefiting the UVa Nursing School. Eat, drink, and be charitable. Meanwhile, for Sunday’s Concert for Charlottesville, Fry’s is hosting Dough for Charlottesville, a Starr Hill Brewery tap takeover where $1 from every Fry’d Dough will go to the Concert for Charlottesville fund. And, if you don’t have tickets, Fry’s is livestreaming the concert. Kamath’s picks:

1) Pork Rib Chop at The Ivy Inn. “The pork rib chop is my go-to, but the amuse bouche that magically appear at the table are also part of what takes this place from great to really special. Add Angelo and Farrell’s personal touch and well, it’s as good as it gets.”

2) Tuna Nori Roll at Bang! “Ok, here’s the thing. It has NOT been on their menu in a while. I’m bringing it up here, with the simple hope of someone at Bang seeing it, feeling terribly regretful for the mistake they have made (sarcasm!!) and putting it back on the menu (not sarcasm!!). In all seriousness, this is our go-to weekday date night spot. The menu is filled with great flavors and textures and the dressed vegetables/salads in most of the dishes are what makes it for me.”

3) Kibbeh Platter with Fire-roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Eggplant and Sesame Green Beans at Sticks. “The entire menu is delicious and it’s simple food, done right. Without question, my 11-year old daughter’s favorite restaurant, from even before she had a full set of teeth (hummus is amazing).”

4) Peri-peri Wings with a side of Peri-peri sauce at The Shebeen.. “Hot, spicy, meaty, spicy delectable goodness. Walter’s wings and an ice-cold Narragansett Lager put me in my happy place. I’m pretty sure my spirit animal is a chicken wing.”

5) Taiwanese-style Pork Chops with Scallion Pancakes at Cafe 88. “Although this place is very unsuspecting, Li is about as talented as it gets, and she cares about what she’s feeding her customers and it shows. Really damn good. Really, really damn good.”

The Ivy Inn with Jeremiah Langhorne

“He taught me how to be a good person.”

That’s what The Dabney‘s Jeremiah Langhorne said about his former boss Angelo Vangelopoulos during a spectacular dinner last month at Vangelopoulos’ The Ivy Inn, which Langhorne called the best meal he had in a long time. Read all about it in this week’s C-VILLE Weekly.

Thank you to Langhorne and his wife Jenny for joining me, Vangelopoulos for preparing the meal, his stellar staff for serving it, and Tom McGovern for capturing these great images of the evening.

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