Crozet Pizza comes to the Corner and Relay Foods brings steak chinoise to you


Crozet Pizza owner Mike Alexander is bringing his pies to the Corner. Photo: Ashley Twiggs Crozet Pizza owner Mike Alexander is bringing his pies to the Corner. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Western pies move East
You can never have too many pizza places in a university town, so a branch of the beloved Crozet Pizza opening at the Corner is a stroke of brilliance. Expect the same great pies in the old Backyard space on Elliewood by the end of October. Or, in restaurant speak, by the end of the year.

Get your tastings on
Friday nights are celebratory enough that going to Market Street Wineshop’s free wine tastings seems superfluous. It’s the weeknights that need a bright spot, so the Downtown shop is hosting an additional tasting on Tuesday evenings from 5-7pm. Beer tastings remain on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm. And now, every day but Sunday, a featured wine or beer will be poured along with the shop’s Wines of the Week starting at 11am. Just in time for lunch! If you want some solid food to go with those liquid samples, keep an eye out for a new food item to taste each day.

Great Scott!
While the popcorn shop has closed its brick-and-mortar location on the Downtown Mall, Great Scott Gourmet Popcorn’s still poppin’ up its 30-plus flavors of tasty corn for online orders. As for the space left behind? Brown paper covers the windows, but Commonwealth partner, Alex George, seems to have the keys. Does the mean a return of Just Curry? Stay tuned.

Thirty-minute restaurant meals
Ever wish you could have C&O’s steak chinoise without going out? Relay Foods can make that happen with a little time on the computer and a half hour in the kitchen. Relay Ready Meals are kits containing the ingredients for favorite dishes at Brookville Restaurant, C&O, and The Local. They cost $40 to $45, feed four people, and come with a list of staples and equipment you’ll need to make magic at home.