Fire and Vine is a nice concept eatery in Virginia Beach. Tucked away in the back of an upscale strip shopping center on Laskin Road, it may be a bit hard to find, but worth the effort. The emphasis is on quality food and attentive service pairing with a very nice wine list and the recommended flights to go with each entree. They have a wood fired oven which serves up specialty pizzas, focaccia and the crusty loaves of bread that are delivered warm to the table. Lots of wood and subdued but adequate lighting throughout the space with a lovely mural highlighting one wall.
The wine cellar is a glass enclosed wrought iron wine rack over 8 feet tall just inside the front entrance.
Beth had smoked chicken bolognaise with angel hair pasta heaped up on focaccia bread with an assortment of veggies mixed in.
I had wood-grilled crab cakes served on a bed of succotash and spring asparagus with a smoky roasted red pepper sauce and house tartar sauce.
We passed on the salad bar which looked very interesting but seeing the sized portions coming to neighboring tables, we knew we didn’t need to fill up on the greens. The restaurants offers a salad bar only option which is $8.00.
The restaurant suggests a wine pairing for each entree. You can also chose a flight of wines, which gives you three wines of a similar kind in order to taste compare. Her flight was a selection of white wines (Crisp and Refreshing) while I had a selection of pinot gris (Got Gris). Both were the recommended flights for our respective dishes, but I think they should have been switched with the more fruit-forward pinot gris for the chicken and more citrusy whites of her flight with the crab. That is a minor personal preference, not a major critique of the wine selection. The flight consisted of 3 wines of about 3 oz each or roughly a glass and a half of wine. At $15 it was about what one would pay for comparable wines by the glass. Fire and Vine claims a cellar of 5000 wines with 60 by the glass and 20 named flights.
We topped the meal off splitting a Molten Lava Cake which is more like a chocolate soufflé in texture, but flamed at the table and served with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and raspberry puree which was recommended by our waiter, Greg, whose service was attentive, but not hovering or rushed.
Fire and Vine easily gets into our Top 5 dinners we have experienced so we highly recommend it. Expect to pay about $100 per couple so not your weekly dinner out, but certainly a special occasion place. We went early on a weeknight (6:30 on a Thursday) and were seated right away without reservations. However, it filled quickly by 7 so reservations would be necessary later and on weekends.