Wine, gifts, and the return of Caffe Bocce: This week’s restaurant news

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Angelo Vangelopoulos will serve up five courses Tuesday, December 11. Photo: Andrea Hubbell Angelo Vangelopoulos will serve up five courses Tuesday, December 11. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Wine dinner is served
Join Jeff Meyers, vice president and general manager of Terra d’Oro winery in Amador County, California, for a wine dinner at the Ivy Inn on Tuesday, December 11. Chef Angelo Vangelopoulos will serve up five courses paired with (mostly) Italian varietal wines. Selections include Barbera, Sangiovese, and the School House Zinfandel, which will accompany a parsnip ravioli with leeks, sunchokes, and braised beef short ribs. The evening begins with canapés at 6:30pm and the price is $75 per person, all-inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by phone at 977-1222.

’Tis the season
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (at 209 Monticello Rd.) is hosting its annual Great Gifts Holiday Shop showcasing local handmade goods and vintage gifts. The gallery turned pop-up gift store is open weekdays from noon-8pm and weekends noon-6pm until Christmas Eve. Don’t miss refreshments from Bread and Salt and Hamdingers while supporting local artists and retailers. Join the festivities on Wednesday, December 21 from 5-10pm for live music, food by The Farm Cville, and 15 percent off everything.

Second time’s a charm
Caffe Bocce, the upscale Italian restaurant in Scottsville, had quite the local following and plenty of loyal fans before it closed its doors in 2005. Chef and owner Christopher Long moved back to Virginia after almost a decade of running a restaurant in New York. The new space has relocated to Downtown Charlottesville in the Old Michie Building at 609 E. Market St., where diners can enjoy Long’s nouveau Italian/modern American cuisine.

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