Eve of November Supper at Casella's

Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2005.


Our second visit to Casella's was on a Halloween night, and maybe there had been too many ghosties and goblins in the restaurant that day because the eatery seemed a little off its game.

My tossed salad had only iceberg lettuce, one wedge of mushy tomato, a few purple onion rings, a tiny bit of purple cabbage, a few very thin slices of carrot, and some awfully hard croutons. The Ken's Steakhouse blue cheese dressing came in a plastic pouch.

When I finally got some bread, it was blackened. After I pointed this out, the waiter traded it for some which was not burned.

It took a long time to get the main courses. However, my entree was certainly the redeeming feature of my meal. I had the Spinach Lasagna ($8.75). It was sensuously rich and delicious. I happily recommend it.

My husband Henry ordered the Ham Calzone ($5.75), which he thoroughly enjoyed. It contained mozzarella and ricotta cheeses and thin pieces of smoked ham, wrapped in a crispy crust.


Casella's Veggie Stromboli.

Daughter Sarah selected the excellent Veggie Stromboli ($6.50), which contained lots of broccoli, green pepper, onions, fresh mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. It had a soft crust. Both the Stromboli and Calzone are accompanied by Marinara Sauce.

Son Jonathan had ordered a slice of Pepperoni Pizza ($2.25). Well, the waiter brought the main courses for three of us, and then casually explained to Jonathan that they had run out of pepperoni pizza. However, the waiter did offer to put some pepperoni slices on a slice of veggie pizza. Jonathan agreed to the idea, and the pizza turned out to taste very agreeable.

Henry and I ordered the house red wine, but they had run out. Our waiter offered to substitute, at no additional cost, Chianti. We took him up on his offer.

While we were eating, it was announced that the restaurant was going to be closing an hour early. I think they were running out of treats.


Pizza bar at Casella's.


Tossed salad. (Jonathan's salad looked better than mine!)


Ham Calzone.


Spinach Lasagna.


Veggie Pizza with pepperoni.