Archive for November, 2010

Tavola

What it is: Relatively new restaurant in Belmont specializing in rustic Italian food, open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, starting at 5pm.  Focuses on local and seasonal foods, so menu sometimes varies slightly.  They also have an extensive wine list.  See their website for a sample menu.

http://www.tavolavino.com/

Why it’s rad: Charlottesville has no other good Italian food.  In fact, I’m not even going to give Charlottesville that much credit.  We have terrible Italian food, unless you go to Tavola.  Delicious antipasti, especially the antipasti misti (meat and cheese plate), and consistantly well prepared pasta and entrees, such as the  hanger steak and fried veal chop.  The dining area is small and comfortable, and also includes an awesome bar if you just want to go for drinks.   The staff is also made up of extremely nice people who do nothing but be awesome.  Tavola is not exactly cheap, but you are paying for good Italian food made out of good and often ingredients, not a mess of cheese and red sauce.  Don’t eat Italian food out anywhere else in Charlottesville unless you want to make me and yourself sad.

TACOS!-La Michoacana

What it is: A small taqueria (really small, as in pretty much just this window and a door and a continually packed, equally tiny parking lot) that serves authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (and inauthentic ones too, if that’s your thing).  Located at 1138 E High St, not far from the downtown mall. Open Tuesday through Saturday–I have been disappointed many a Monday.

Why it’s rad: There isn’t too much to say about this charming hole in the wall taqueria except for TWO DOLLAR TACOS!  Which are some of the best, most satisfying things I’ve ever eaten.  A variety of meats and vegetarian fillings and toppings to choose from, though I usually get them Mexicana style, which is just onions, cilantro and lime.  They also make their own tortillas, which are available to purchase on Saturdays only, if you want to have your own taco night.  They also have Mexican coke for sale (Coke made from real sugar, no corn syrup, bottled in Mexico), which is delicious and kills the heat perfectly if you choose an overly-spicy salsa.

Last Minute: BIRDLIPS! Now Tonight! Plus Update

9pm, $7 $10

[Update: Somebody squealed to the fire marshal, so now tickets are $10, and they are limiting them to 40 tickets only.  Sort of a bummer.]

At the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar! (Post forthcoming), which is located on the downtown mall between 4th and 5th Street at 414 E. Main.

Birdlips is a group comprised of an adorable skinny couple who left Charlottesville for the West coast, but has come back to us, at least for the night on their East coast tour for their upcoming album (they always come back).  The music is catchy, but not too pop-y, and Birdlips produces a sound bigger than the sum of its two parts.

They are playing with Frau Eva and Matthew Hemmerlein.  I have only seen Matthew Hemmerlein play once, and it was pretty incredible.  He plays violin with a lot of loop techniques.  Pretty simplistic and unique.  Lots of Radiohead covers.  And this show is only SEVEN DOLLARS for three bands at a rad place.