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Vegetarian Fine Dining: A Garden Tour
Vegetarians are foodies, too: often they are even more interested in where their food came from than your die-hard local-vore foodie. All too often, however, vegetarians are forced to choose from very limited options, often prepared with little care. For vegetarians who want to get enjoy the delights of a gourmet meal in an attractive space (just like every other foodie), Charlottesville offers some sophisticated and rewarding options.
The Alley Light
The Alley Light is best known for its atmostphere and its cocktails. The venue reminds one of a prohibition-era speakeasy atmosphere with its intimate low-lighting, and the drinks are among the best available. A seasonally inspired menu changes frequently, offering small plates, many of which are spectacular enough to tempt a carnivore to reconsider. A focus on French fare also makes room for such carnivorous treats as carpaccio, tartare, and foie gras.
Cheese-lovers will adore Lampo. This relatively new dining venue delivers authentic pizza and small bites that are simple and perfectly balanced. A heavy focus on cured meats may discourage vegetarians who should ignore them for dishes like in-house mozzarella. Pizza is the star of Lampo, prepared simply with quality ingredients and baked in a wood fired oven, and paired with a very Italian cocktail and wine list.
The Local is named for its ocally sourced chese, meat, produce, herbs, a focus that provides vegetarians with several options sprinkled amidst meat-centric fare. The vegetarian options succeed thanks to quality, flavor and accessibility. The seasonal menu often highlights a vegetarian squash dish married with grains and goat cheese, and house-made pastas accentuate an umami flavor. They are also vegan friendly.
Mas has been chosen as a Best of C-VILLE restaurant repetitively thanks to simple food preapred intelligently with a focus on flavor and enjoyment. All the vegetarian standards are there along with some creative and delicious new choices. The vegetarian options at Mas pair well with and even shine amongst the omnivorous options, making it easy for omnivorous and vegetarian friends to enjoy small plates together.
Parallel 38 offers exquisite vegetarian option prepared with care and attention to detail. As with much Mediterranean food, Parallel 38 is vegetarian friendly, offering the standards like hummus, outstanding labneh, tzatziki and flatbreads, and a collection of more intriguing dishes. This slow food restaurant encourages sharing, creating a wonderful venue for dinner conversation. They are also vegan friendly.