Campagnolo on Main (Strathcona/Chinatown)
I had eaten at Campagnolo on Main before (with Tony Nicalo) but never actually thought of writing about it. Recently, my good friend Lisa Thomas-Tench invited my Mom and I to have dinner there (my Mom and I have always had a very strong friendship connection to Lisa and this was almost certainly the only chance we’d all get to have dinner together while my Mom is in town).
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I had been to Campagnolo already or the fact that I was there with Lisa and my Mom, but I think the service was absolutely spectacular and fast. The evening went by without even noticing the pass of time. We started the evening with a martini and I asked for a house salad.
I ordered a Polderside Chicken (cacciatore sauce, sunchokes, red swiss chard at $21, regular price point for main courses in casual/fine dining restaurants). My Mom ordered a traditional Lasagna ($19, but it brought along a salad) and so did Lisa.
My Mom raved about Campagnolo’s Lasagna as one of the best she had tasted anywhere. As for my chicken, I think the presentation was great, the execution wasn’t stellar but overall, it was a very nice dish. I think at an Italian restaurant, it’s a bit of a mistake to deviate away from the traditional pastas/pizzas, but I liked the chicken. I was just expecting a bit stronger flavours (used as I am to Puttanescas and Arrabiata’s and the like).
But if there’s something we all agreed upon was that the dessert is always supremely well executed, and this wasn’t the exception when we were there for dinner.
The best part of dinner was simply spending time with two of my favorite people (Lisa and my Mom). Obviously, eating together was great and the food at Campagnolo (and service) were stellar, but overall the main plus of the evening was just hanging out.
Affordable, casual Italian dining in a warm and welcoming space. Campagnolo serves rustic dishes inspired by the Piedmont and Emiglia-Romagna regions of Italy in an open, spacious room highlighted by original old growth fir wood beams. Owners and savvy restaurateurs Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham and Tim Pittman of the award winning Fuel Restaurant have created a pleasurable and entertaining dining experience for guests.
Overall, I had a great time, and I would probably come back to Campagnolo for their Tagliatelle.
Disclosure: Lisa invited both my Mom and I for dinner. I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document our experience at a restaurant we all really liked. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.