Hello. I will be visiting Charlottesville, VA in October for the first time. I've done some research, but my best tips have always come from this site, so here I am again.
We are looking for places to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Primary consideration is the noise level - it has to be low to moderate. What is considered "average" noise for restaurants these days is more than I care to pay to sit through. I would also like to avoid stairs, please.
I would love to find local specialties. Is Charlottesville too far North for traditional Southern food? One of my favorite restaurants in the world is Hominy in Charleston, SC. If there is anything like this in Charlottesville, please steer me to it!
Another favorite cuisine is Italian. Does Charlottesville have an especially good one?
A place with spectacular desserts, especially beyond the same old cheesecake, tiramisu, flourless chocolate cake merry-go-round would be appreciated. On that note, are there any good bakeries or chocolate shops?
The menu for Local is very tempting, but multiple yelp reviews slam the service - should I risk it?
I would like to try Peter Chang's restaurant, but the web site does not list the hours. Do they serve dim sum on weekend mornings? If I order carefully, can I avoid spicy food or is everything there hot?
I love a bargain as much as anyone, but I am used to big city restaurant prices, so cost is not an issue here.
Thanks so much for any suggestions.