It’s not a particularly long drive from Atlanta to Charlottesville, a little more than 600 miles, but I decided to make this trip a leisurely one. So instead of charging up I-85 for a one day drive, I broke the trip in half and stopped for a night in Charlotte. I’ve never spent much time in this city as it’s mostly been a benchmark on the drive to DC, but I was hoping to rectify that. After checking into my hotel, I did a little research and soon found myself in NoDa, Charlotte’s historic arts district, on the front porch of Revolution Pizza.
Before delving into the pizza selection of the menu, I tried Chef Meredith’s Fried Wings. With Revolution Pizza’s beer selection, chicken wings were a natural choice and the lure of a family secret dredge recipe and a double fried cooking method was too much to pass up.
While I enjoyed the extra crispy skin, juicy meat, and subtle pepper taste of the batter, I really wish I had gotten these wings buffalo or teriyaki style. If it’s any consolation, the dill ranch was a fine companion to the wings.
While realizing just how bad I was at North Carolina centered trivia questions, my pizza arrived.
I was hoping for a little more brick oven char on my crust but this was still a fine pizza. The caramelized onions and balsamic reduction offered a helping of sweetness with just a little tart twang to go with the unctuous pulled pork. Speaking of which, I wish there was a little more on the pizza but the ingredients were nicely balanced and made for a tasty pie.
Good local beers, crispy chicken wings, above average pizzas, and a trivia night in a cool neighborhood, these are all the ingredients for a great, low-key night in Charlotte. I do wish I had been in town for one of Revolution Pizza’s beer dinner if only to see what Chef Meredith can do with free reign, but for a casual night in Charlotte, Revolution Pizza is not too shabby.