Our original store on Pantops in Charlottesville became an independent pizzeria in 2009 and reinvented itself as "Lelo's" in 2016. That year also marked the opening of our second location, at Zion Crossroads in Louisa County. We have always been known for our consistent quality and courteous service. Pizza is what we know best and is the major part of what we do. We also offer side salads and calzones, as well as an impressive array of mostly local beers in the stores. The twin pillars of our operation are great pizza and excellent fast-counter service. If you ever feel that we haven't lived up to your expectations, we urge you to contact us through Facebook or call us in person to discuss the matter.
Here at Lelo's, we make pizza from scratch with only high quality ingredients. The dedicated members of our staff prepare several types of sauces according to our long-standing house recipes. We make our dough with a canola/extra virgin olive oil blend, not the soybean oil that many pizzerias use to cut costs. We buy bricks of Grande mozzarella, blending both whole and skim milk varieties of their premium pizza cheese, and we shred it here. We make our four varieties of chicken toppings with all-natural chicken breast. We roast peppers and garlic and eggplant, we chop up fresh vegetables bought every morning, and we make four types of house vinaigrettes. And after we do all this, then we start the even harder job of preparing the actual pie!
We roast red peppers, garlic, and eggplant in-house. In addition to chopping fresh vegetables every morning, we make all of our House Vinaigrettes on site.
Were you Christian's Pizza Pantops?
Yes, we carried that name proudly from 2007-2016. We have operated continuously as a family-run business since 2009 and have strived to distinguish ourselves with efficient service and a consistently quality product. In 2016, we changed our name in order to coincide with the opening of our second location in Zion Crossroads. We kept everything the same, from the ownership and staff down to the recipes The only thing that changed was the name.
What's With The Dog?
Lelo (LEE-loh) is the dog's name. We sought long and hard for a name that was both catchy and meaningful in some way. In the end, the solution came from the owner's three year old daughter who insisted that we name the store after her rambunctious poodle named Leo. Of course, she was three and couldn't quite say Leo without adding the extra L-sound, but it had a nice ring to it, so we ran with it.