Charlottesville, Virginia, home of CvilleBuzz, had 225 restaurants at last count. That’s a lot of choices, but if I had special guests coming to town, price was no object and I wanted to make sure they dined at one of Charlottesville’s finest restaurants, I would take them to the Ivy Inn.
Over the years, my wife Nancy and I have had many enjoyable meals at The Inn (mostly anniversaries and special occasions) and I can state with confidence that I have never put anything in my mouth cooked by the Ivy Inn chefs that was not amazing. They do everything well and the service is always perfect.
Located in the Ivy area of Charlottesville, and not far from the University of Virginia, the Ivy Inn was converted from an old home, built in the late 1700’s, into an eclectic restaurant. A fire destroyed the original structure in 1815, but the home was subsequently rebuilt. The floors creak when you walk in or go upstairs, but that’s reassuring, knowing that tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed some seriously good meals in the old home site.
Chef/Owner Angelo Vangelopoulos opened the doors in 1995 and the Ivy Inn has been wowing patrons ever since.
I wouldn’t attempt to suggest a single dish. Everything is wonderful. Their breads and pastries are made in house and are delicious, their soups are divine, their entrees are scrumptious and the desserts are simply decadent.
Some of my favorite entrees, however, would include Soft Shell Crabs, Chesapeake Rockfish, Lamb Chops and Beef Tenderloin. Their Butternut Squash Soup is also remarkable. As I said, everything on the menu is delightful.
The Ivy Inn is located at 2242 Old Ivy Road. Reservations are not only recommended, they are generally necessary. Seating is limited and the restaurant is full and busy throughout the week. You can visit them at www.ivyinnrestaurant.com. For reservations, call 434-977-1222.