The Ivy Inn Restaurant
2244 Old Ivy Road . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 977-1222
Why The Ivy Inn?
If you polled area chefs and asked who is the best chef in town, there’s a good bet the winner would be The Ivy Inn’s Angelo Vangelopoulos, the Culinary Institute of America graduate who trained under such legends as Roberto Donna and Robert Greault. While Vangelopoulos has long been revered locally for his culinary skill, in 2014 and 2015 the James Beard Foundation took notice, twice naming him a semi-finalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.
But, it’s not just the cooking that stands out at The Ivy Inn. Since 1995, Vangelopoulos and his wife Farrell have presided over the area’s most welcoming fine dining restaurant. In a food-focused era where service can be an afterthought, the Vangelopoulos’ adhere to what Angelo calls the “old-school” approach: take care of your guests from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave. And, the setting is perfect, too. A cozy, historical building, with creased white table-cloths, soft music, and, in colder months, a crackling fire. Old school, indeed. There’s no better place to celebrate in town.
What to Order
Below are some of our favorite dishes at The Ivy Inn, as well as Vangelopoulos’ personal favorites, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where other area chefs and personalities have named a dish from The Ivy Inn one of the best in town.
- Shrimp ‘n Grits
- Rack of Lamb / Duet of Lamb
- Grilled Local Rag Mountain Trout
- Warm Medley of amFOG Mushrooms
- Ravioli (variable based on the season)
- Lemon Meringue Icebox Cake
Five Finds on Friday Picks
- Gyro — Ben Thompson (The Rock Barn)
- Foie Gras — Dylan Allwood (C&O, formerly Brookville and Rockslat)
- Rack of Lamb — Michael McCarthy (Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie)
- Duet of Lamb — Tyler Teass (formerly, Clifton Inn)
- Warm Medley of amFOG Mushrooms — Somdev Devvarman (tennis star)
- Slow Cooked Veal Shank Osso Bucco — Jenee Libby (Edacious, formerly The Diner of Cville)
- Ravioli — Mark Otis (Personal chef)
- Pumpkin Ravioli — Caleb Warr (Tavola)