The Ivy Inn Restaurant

Ivy Inn2244 Old Ivy Road . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 977-1222

Why The Ivy Inn?

If you polled area chefs about who is the best chef in town, there’s a good bet the winner could 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, the James Beard Foundation has also taken notice, twice naming him a semifinalist 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 family adheres to what Angelo calls the “old-school” approach: take care of your guests from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave. The setting drives it home: 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 on The Charlottesville 29 to celebrate.

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 area chefs and personalities have named a dish from The Ivy Inn one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Shrimp ‘n Grits
  • Rack of Lamb / Duet of Lamb
  • Grilled Local Rag Mountain Trout
  • The Mike Davidson
  • Cville Ham Biscuit
  • Moussaka (takeout)

Chef’s Picks

  • Warm Medley of amFOG Mushrooms
  • Ravioli (variable based on the season)
  • Lemon Meringue Icebox Cake

Five Finds on Friday Picks


Photo by Tom McGovern