Help with Charlottesville, VA!
Am visiting Charlottesville for a week and need lots of help about good food locations. In particular, am interested in *authentic* Italian (especially if there is a true Margherita pizza place), as well as French and/or Mediterranean. Good wine list is very helpful too. Food quality and authenticity is the most imporant aspect of the restaurants that I hope to hear about. Thanks for helping....
While not authentic italian/french/mediterranean, here are the places I liked very much when I was in college/law school there:
Hamilton's (especially late night)
Michael's Bistro (a little casual but nice)
Aberdeen Barn (old school Southern steakhouse, not for everyone)
Downtown Grille (more modern steak)
Continental Divide (mexican)
The Shebeen (South African pub)
The Tavern (breakfast)
One of the best is Duners, about 4-5 miles out of town in Ivy (www.dunersrestaurant.com). Terrific wine list, great food -- just a really lovely place to eat. If I had to pick an adjective, I would call it Modern American, but not at all fussy.
You will probably get more responses on the South board, I believe.
The Washington Post food section did a nice piece on dining and market options in Charlottesville a few weeks ago. You might check on-line.