When it comes to pizza, Charlottesville restaurants know how to serve it up. You'll find authentic Neapolitan pies, gourmet toppings and everything in between. Get your slice on!
The one and only authentic Neapolitan pizza restaurant in Charlottesville, Lampo is known for its tiny Belmont space where it has built a cult-like following. What’s the difference in these pizzas, you ask? Well, for one, these 12-inch pies are baked for less than two minutes at nearly 900 degrees making the crust a sublime mix of crispy and chewy. Lampo also does authentic Italian salads and sandwiches.
No, they don’t put actual magic mushrooms on their pies, but Mellow Mushroom does have pizza so good you’ll be trippin’. For an authentic ‘shroom experience, try the Holy Shiitake pie, made with an olive oil and garlic base, shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms mingled with caramelized onions. Holy Shiitake is right.
Perhaps the best known of the downtown pizzeria’s, Christian’s serves up huge slices with a thin crust. Avocado plays a role in many of their pies, and the kids are always happy with the cheese or pepperoni slices.
With a landmark location in Crozet (of course) and a satellite location on the Corner (Crozet Pizza at the Buddhist Biker Bar), Crozet Pizza is a Charlottesville tradition. The Crozet spot is a perfect stop after hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the in-town spot is great for grabbing a bite during a shopping expedition on the Corner or after a walking tour of Grounds.
A neighborhood restaurant in walking distance to UVA’s Scott Stadium, Fry’s Spring Station offers the basic pizzas plus an array of tantalizing specialty pies like the Just Trust Us with sausage, fennel, lemon, basil, ricotta and red sauce. We trust them! And another bonus: the menu offers an array of other options, so if your group can’t agree on just one type of food, Fry’s Spring will have something for everyone.
Towards the east end of the Downtown Mall, Vita Nova serves up generous slices on thin crust with traditional meat or veggie toppings as well as the more exotic, like artichoke hearts. Grab a few slices and head to McGuffey Park to let the kids play.
Mega-pizzas for mega-appetites, Benny Delucas is a pizza business with a heart to match the size of your appetite. The stores open in historic neighborhoods that need revitalizing, and the Charlottesville location was in at the start of the West Main Street boom.