Location: Main Street, Vancouver
The Neighbourhood Norm: Delicious Chinese Fare
New on the Block: Campagnolo
My usual haunt in this area is Hons – chalk it up to habit, I guess. It was quite a surprise then, even to myself, that I wound up at a relatively new Italian spot on the scene. I wish I could take credit for discovering Campagnolo, but alas Conde Nast Traveler had already named this gem as one of the world’s ’50 Amazing New Restaurants’ in 2009.
…for a very good reason! The menu is a mix of classics executed to perfection, and unique bites you can only find in this open and modern, yet warm space. An example of the latter is ‘crispy ceci’: fried chickpeas with mint, chilies, citrus and delicately wilted greens. Forget bar peanuts, this snack is impossible to put down.
The focaccia was the perfect base for the beef carpaccio. Wherever I order this staple antipasti from now on, I will hold it to the remarkably high standard set by Campagnolo.
And to round out the meal, I let the chef’s creative juices flow by ordering the ‘fiducia’ pizza (“trust the chef”). The crust was crispy, thin and light, topped with a tomato sauce, provolone and artichoke hearts. Two words: deceptively simple. Wait, one more word: wow!
When you find yourself in this area, even if you’re craving a Chinese staple like chow-mein, opt instead for an Italian noodle dish like Campagnolo’s ‘tofette with
fennel sausage, rapini, garlic, parsley, and breadcrumbs.’
Wishing you dining endeavours with a stamp of culinary royalty! xx