Though not technically in Blue Ridge, Cucina Rustica is definitely the spot for foodies. For starters, it is operated by Danny Mellman, a well-traveled and experienced chef, he chose to put down roots here to avoid the hectic life of a big city. He churns out excellent dishes at his Italian restaurant, Cucina Rustica.
Start with a unique salad, the Treviso (similar to Radicchio), wood roasted with bacon and balsamic, fresh pear, walnuts and Gorgonzola. The hearty salad is perfect for sharing. There’s also a selection of carefully curated charcuterie that should not be missed.