Two local restaurants listed on top 100 most romantic list

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19NEWS) -- Charlottesville residents do not have to travel far for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. OpenTable listed Fleurie on the Downtown Mall and the Ivy Inn Restaurant off of Old Ivy Road on its top 100 most romantic restaurants in America.

Oded Kishony and Gloria Bowers are celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary at Fleurie. They said the food is delicious, but it's the staff that truly make the restaurant.

"The staff is first rate," said Kishony. "The staff is fantastic,” said Bowers. “They certainly almost make the place because they're so attentive and yet they're not in your way."

Kris Forsha, the general manager of Fleurie, said this is something for which they strive.

"It's that atmosphere and the feeling you get when you walk into the door that you're being taken care of,” he said. “It kind of takes you out of the routine and the stress of normal everyday life. Makes going out to dinner an event."

Forsha said they are ready for Valentine's Day with a four-course menu and wine pairings with meals like oysters, caviar and local food, which he said they always make a point to have on the menu.

"We also really care a lot about sourcing locally and having this really holistic philosophy of what a restaurant means in the community both in supporting local farms and vendors," added Forsha

Ivy Inn Restaurant is also locally owned by Angelo Vangelopoulos. He said they are ready for Valentine's Day with a six-course menu of entrees like lobster and lamb. Vangelopoulos said what makes them so romantic is their cozy atmosphere.

"It’s kind of a neat charming cozy old house,” he said. “Just a really comfortable sweet place to eat and hang out."

Malcolm and Elizabeth Andrews have a tradition of coming to the Ivy Inn Restaurant on their anniversary.

"They'll write happy anniversary on your plate, or if you give them a reason to come, they'll make it a very personal experience for you," said Elizabeth.

Unfortunately, both restaurants have been booked solid for Valentine's Day this year, but you can book a romantic dinner with them any time of the year.



 
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