September 16th, 2011. Dinner at Campagnolo~!
Special Situations Dan was back in town for some more business, which means…more amazing eats!! For day 1 we wanted to do some Italian, so I suggested one of Vancouver’s most talked about restaurant: Campagnolo! They don’t take reservations, and there’s always a wait..but hey, as foodies, we can handle it
We were scrunched up at the doorway with other hopeful diners. The floor manager was quite gracious and handed us all menus to look at while waiting and trried to keep the mood light so we could survive. Let me tell you, it’s not easy watching other diners thoroughly drooling over their meals while we watch within close proximity..!
Finally a table! We got a cozy little spot and made haste ordering some dinner.
Of course, a Negroni to start the weekend off right
Our first appetizer was the Porchetta Tonatto. Thinly shaved tender, soft pork loin topped with a tuna mayo, freshly chopped parsely, anchovies and capers. I swear….this is such a rich dish! I thought the tuna mayo seemed a little odd….but really the combination with everything else just seems so….right!
One of the number 1 recommendations for Campagnolo is the Crispy Ceci, which are deep fried chickpeas, chilies, mint leaves with a dash of citrus. Well, I have to say, this is a really delicious snack! Crispy, crunchy, nutty chickpeas with fresh mint and the citrus and chilies wige such a great kick!
Word on the street is that the pizzas here are perhaps some of the best in Vancouver. Well, we took the test with the classic Margherita: fior di latte mozzerella, tomato and basil. Absolutely scrumptious! Light, fresh and flavorful. Because each ingredient is so good the pure simpleness of the pizza helps each of the flavors shine!
We also had the Taglietelle with a pork ragu topped with basil and pecorino romano cheese. I have to say: the pasta was cooked to perfection. I love taglietelle and this one was the perfect shape, cooked just right, and the pork ragu deliciously coated each strand of pasta. Again, the freshness justified the simplicity of the dish. Yum!!
So, yeah, Campagnolo was a success! Simple, delicious, fresh Italian food in a cute little space with friendly service for a really great value. I definitely recommend this place to anyone!