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New Hope

When Patricia “Mrs. Big Jim” Hope passed away in September 2007, the future of the Big Jim’s barbeque empire she’d built with her late husband was in question.

Milano’s in the pink

Milano’s in the pink

When espresso and gelato shop Milano and Italian homewares shop Verity Blue moved from the Main Street Market to the “pink building” at 100 South St. earlier this month, we wondered: Would Milano make an impact among all the other Downtown clatter and caffeine?

Rain on Rapture

Rain on Rapture

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that rumors of Rapture’s sale have been swirling about for some time, and in response, we said that restaurants are, in fact, almost always for sale for the right price. Catch a beleaguered proprietor at the right moment and with the right offer, and you’ve got yourself a deal.

One down

One down

Restaurants are like babies—their first year of life is the most perilous. That’s why when a dining establishment survives those first chaotic 12 months, it’s cause to invite the friends and family over for a celebration. Brooke and Luther Fedora, owners of 1-year-old Horse & Hound GastroPub on W. Main Street, are doing just that […]

Foodie forum

Foodie forum

A new food interest group and local blog debuted last month. It’s called A New Mountain Cookery, and the group’s focus is “modern cuisine.” Since its inception last month, one contributor to the blog, JaisonUpstairs—presumably the virtual persona of Jaison Burke, chef of The Upstairs—already has contributed six recipes, including one for apple foam and […]

Lovely Rita’s

Lovely Rita’s

“Chocolate ice? Please.” For years, that’s what a skeptical Kate Matikonas would say whenever her husband, Rob, a New Jersey native, raved about Rita’s Ice.

Hopping along

Hopping along

There’s been a recent media blitz about an apparent global hops crisis. Due to such factors as bad weather in Europe and the decreasing production of U.S. hops thanks to government subsidies for other crops such as corn (particularly with the current focus on making corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel), hops—the ingredient that lends […]

Local lover

Local lover

Craig Hartman, executive chef at Keswick Hall and its restaurant, Fossett’s, may be one of the area’s original locavores. Over lunch on a recent afternoon, Restaurantarama had an opportunity to reflect with Hartman on his long culinary career and his particular devotion to Virginia-made foodstuffs. Despite the chichi surroundings and the European-esque elegance of the […]

Pizza plenty

Pizza plenty

Come down off the ledge, people—Anna’s Pizza Ristorante Italiano on Maury Avenue is not going anywhere! The family behind Anna’s is merely expanding to the mixed-used development planned for Old Trail Village in Crozet. Still, co-owner Marcella Kauffman (great-granddaughter of the Sicilian matriarch for whom the restaurant is named) says loyal customers have contacted the […]

Iron shefu

Iron shefu

Brace yourselves. Restaurantarama is about to shamelessly gush about Bryan Emperor, executive chef of upscale, modern Japanese restaurant Ten. There’s a time and a place to complain about Charlottesville’s restaurant and retail scene getting all swankier-than-thou and expensive. We’re sure to do it again on this very page soon, but not today. Today is for […]

Class act

Class act

So much news, so little space! First up is the Charlottesville Cooking School. It’s not a restaurant per se (although you do get to eat what you make in class). Still, Restaurantarama considers this part of our purview for two reasons: (1) more informed eaters demand more from our restaurants and that benefits all of […]

Two are better than one

Two are better than one

Back in February, when Italian eatery Ristorante Al Dente got the boot (ha!) from its second floor Mall location after five years in business, it was to make room for The Upstairs, the new steak and seafood restaurant coming from Mark Brown, who owns the entire building, including Escafé on the first floor. Al Dente […]

Curry in transit

Curry in transit

A few weeks ago, Restaurantarama reported that Just Curry owner Alex George was planning to relocate his establishment in light of the possible landing of a CVS/pharmacy on the spot where George holds his sublease (the Anderson Brothers Building on the Corner, which also houses Satellite Ballroom, Plan 9 and Higher Grounds). At the time, […]