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Campagnolo

1022 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A2W1
Tel: (604) 484-6018
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Nice Italian Restaurant, not as nice neighborhood
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here with my father, the place is nice! Clean, has an elegant yet casual feel to it. I consumed,
Appetizer - Sawmill Bay Clams - $13.50
This appy was great, perfectly cooked clams, beautiful sauce with a hint of heat to it. 4/5
Lunch - Agnolotti (braised veal, white chanterelles and chives) - $18
This was a great little portion of pasta, the flavors were spot on, only would have been better if it was cooked a slight touch longer in the water. Solid dish. 4/5
Dessert - Chocolate Budino - $8
A nice dessert, was a little on the sweet side for me but still good. 3.5/5
My father had a margherita pizza - $13 which he enjoyed, I tried a slice and agree that it was good.

Overall I enjoyed this place, small, cozy, friendly and not snooty. I am looking forward to coming back here for a great dinner with my wife and some friends in the future.

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A gem in Chinatown
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Who would have guessed that such a nice Italian restaurant has sprung up in Chinatown (or at the fringe of it)? I had lunch there with my wife just now. The appetizers were very creative and very tasty. We had two different pasta dishes for our main course, and both were yummy, cooked just right (al dente). We saw that some of the people at the neighbouring tables ordered pizza, and all the pizzas looked great (at a very decent size), so I presume that they tasted great as well. The price is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The only slight negative was that bread did not come free, and they charged $1.50 or $2 for 'a side of bread', which consisted of 4 small thin slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil. There weren't too many people there, so the place was nice and quiet, but considering the hard surfaces everywhere, it may get noisy in the evening. But then, Italian restaurants are always noisy anyways. If you haven't been here, you really should try it out.

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Good food, good place, just needs a few tweaks and upgrades
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

Went there on a weekend lunch cause we happened to be in the area. We were the 2nd table there so it was pretty empty, but thereafter, people started flooding in.

The place is quite roomy, not cramped, and decor is reasonably appropriate. Only 2 waitresses on duty, but they attended to us quite well. Quite accomodating even though we had a young child in our party.

The lunch menu was simple, short. At least compared to what we are used to. Some antipasti, pasta & pizza. That's it. We decided to grab a pizza, which was a margherita scramble (you know, with scrambled eggs on top), a squash risotto that the waitress said they just introduced the day before and a pasta with rabbit ragout.

The pizza, well, don't knock it till you try it. The scrambled eggs worked nicely. Crust was done well, it was way better than Nicli Antica's bullet proof, hack-saw proof crust. The flavour of the crust isn't as good as Sciue or Bibo though. Decent size, overall great flavour. We really liked it, but I wish they could've been a bit more generous with the basil. Skimpy!
Aaah, the pasta with rabbit? Really, really tasty, big thumbs up for the flavour. Pasta was decently done as well. The only complaint, $14 for a really small dish. The risotto came up and we quite good. It was "creamy" but not rich, nice balance of flavours. In fact, the last, forgotten spoonful got cold, but it was still good. Yup, liked that too. Again, the dish was not big. I think there are many people who may not feel completely full with sizes like this, even for lunch.

Hmmm.... dilemma. If I were in the area, yeah, I would stop by again. We enjoyed the whole experience, especially the food. I would recommend it for that. Would I want to make a trip of it out to this questionable neighbourhood? Was it really really creative? Maybe. Was the execution beyond compare? Not quite. Are there other options in town with similar price? Yes, I think there might be, in better neighbourhoods. Tough call, but I think I would save it for when you're driving by. I'm glad it's in the area and I would go again to check it out some more to see if it merits an upgrade.

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Yummy Lunch
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Every time I drive by this place, there is always people in there. So one day, I finally got a chance to try their lunch menu. I was by myself. Once I stepped in, I was almost immediately greeted by a smiley lady. My server was very friendly and attentive. The menu was in Italian and I am not very familiar with Italian food so I ordered what I can pronounce. I ordered the Tuna Preserva. I had no idea what it was but I like surprises. While I was waiting for the food to arrive, I had nothing to do. But my server was smart and handed me a magazine to read. Wow, I don't remember ever receiving such great service. When the food arrive, it looked different than what I imagined. It looked like a piece of naan bread topped with tuna & cesar salad. I was excited cuz I like them both. The server told me that traditionally, I have to fold the bread and eat it like a wrap. The bread was super fresh and fluffy and the salad was delicious. I really liked it. At $13 it was worth it.

Totally recommended!

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Will be back
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Tried this new restaurant on a weeknight and it is in out of the way part of town. Right beside the Ivanhoe Pub but it seems to have improved a bit since they have started targeting the backpacker crowd for the hotel. Shared these items. Tried a pasta, the ragu, which was full of slow cooked pork. I think the noodles were made from dry pasta and it could of been improved with a wider, fresh noodle and maybe a slightly bigger portion but great tasting. Had a pizza and it was very good, nice portion with good toppings. Also had the flank steak which was done rare-medium rare. Very nice a flavourful with a side of kale.

Nice wine selection and service was very good with the waitress giving suggestions on food and wine. Value overall is good. Would come back.

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not bad
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Heard good things about this place and wanted to try it out. Well first of all it's in a seedy part of town which doesn't really bother me. We ordered the albacore crudo which was pretty average, and then we had the salumi platter which again was pretty average. Then we shared a pasta (which was the special that day) and a pizza. The pasta was pretty good but the pizza was a bit underdone. The service was good and the room is quite nice and they have a bar in the back which was kind of weird. Overall it was okay, but since I don't live in that neighborhood and don't frequent that part of town much, I probably won't be going back any time soon.

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Hmm...Mixed review. Great space, mediocre food.
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Upon entering this cozy space, I really wanted to like this restaurant. The ambience is great and really lends itself to a nice place to lounge with friends over drinks. Unfortunately, the food quality doesn't deliver. It's not bad by any means, but it lacks any WOW factor warranting a second visit. Here's the skinny:

Food: shared appie was pretty good, had the chick pea salad that seems to be a common item with many previous reviewers. My risotto was too salty and mushy. Friends' meals were also too salty. Flavours were adequate but the saltiness was overpowering. Smallish in portion size which would've been fine if off-set by quality ingredients.

Service: attentive and friendly. Owner/operator made an effort to ensure that we had a good time. Food came out quickly and drinks/water were refilled.

Ambiance: dark, trendy - but not pretentiously trendy space. Interesting lighting fixtures. Comfortable seating.

Value: Most entrees were priced between $13 to $20 so it's not a shock to the pocket book. Overall average value and the wine was reasonably priced. Hmmmm...however in consideration of the portion size, this is not a solid 3 - more like a 2.5. You may need a few appies to supplement the entree to leave feeling full.

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Pizza crawl...second stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:24am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl f three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli Antics and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
To be fair, this isn't strictly a pizza place, there pastas looked amazing! good thing to....I don't know how this was voted one of "the best" as the oven is a conventional one you'd find at any pizza joint!
The Margherita wasn't up to par...they uses tomato sauce instead of fresh...the cheese was almost nonexistent and almost no basil! The second was a fennel sausage and arugula. Better but really, the sausage was almost non existant. I steer clear of this place for pizza but I il be back to try their pasta!

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there are better Italian places
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I'd heard a lot about Campagnolo's so was looking forward to trying it out. It's in a pretty skeezy area, but the interior is modern and funky (though I'm not a fan of plastic chairs or cinder block walls).

No reservations for groups smaller than 8, so the 6 of us arrived at 6 and got a table fairly easily - though by 7 there were lineups at the door, no free tables, and the room was REALLY noisy. The crowd is predominantely 20s and 30s hipsters.

The wine list is pretty limited, certainly if you like anything other than Italian reds. The menu feels unbalanced, and the appetizers in particular were off-the-wall. No bread for the table. Pizzas were heavy on the dough, light on the toppings, and one of the three at our table was overcooked/charred. Cannelloni was very small - more like appetizer sized - while the Tagliatelle was absolutely huge.

Overall, I feel like we paid too much for just middling food & ambience. Won't be returning.

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Not a Bad Star, Can be Better!
By janetj of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:14am [Dine in]

I went there with a friend on a Sunday for lunch after we saw other friends mentioned that they visited this place. We had high hopes after browsing the restaurant's menu on their website, thinking that we might get a bit of little Italy out of this visit.

Unfortunately we were definitely underwhelmed. They were not horrible but not even close to what it is racked up to be. We found couple of their food items too salty and too greasy.

The decor is not too bad but we felt that the waiter didn't give us enough time to look over the menu before coming back again to get our order. We had to send her away twice before we were ready to order. Just to set the context, the restaurant was not busy at all so they were not in a rush to get people out so to free up tables for other guests.

Overall, I think the restaurant has potential with its concept, but execution (food and service) needs quite a bit of work.

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Tasty, simple italian that's worth the drive
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

Had a very enjoyable meal at this slightly out of the way, yet classical Italian joint. We sampled a variety of their appetizers with a generous bowl of fried, salty chickpeas a favourite among the group with the garbanzos crunchy exteriors a perfect foil for the still moist centres. The pizza bianca came out hot and crisp but the toppings were slightly subdued with the accompanying spices (additional cheese, chilis, and oregano) all unnecessary save for the real dried oregano. Lack of cured meats available was surprising because it’s a large portion of their menu so we subbed in fried pig trotters. Meaty, breaded and fried pork balls were uplifted by a very vibrant salsa verde. All three pastas sampled earned high marks. The pork ragu (a known standout) was surprisingly delicate in both flavour and texture while the farfalle with fennel sausage, fresh cheese, and leeks stole the show. The meatiness of the sausage was to my preference with the ragu lacking a bit of bite despite its luscious texture. The only main was a shared pork loin cooked perfectly pink and elevated by a cotechnio jus with crisp beans and onions. The desserts didn't last long and showed a typical Italian restraint that was much desired after such a hearty meal. The cherry cake was a moist pound cake on a pool of mascarpone cream while the panna cotta, in all its wobbly glory, came adorned with chunky apricot breadcrumbs. Wine list was heavy on Italian and prices ranged from very reasonable to very exclusive. Service was tight and the pacing of the meal was spot on. The bill can add up by the end of the night but it is worth it.

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Disappointed
By CoolDiner of North Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:53am [Dine in]

I am not sure what all the fuss is about (mental note to self - stop paying attention to pretentious foodies and self-appointed experts), but, I for one, was most disappointed. Had the special - spot prawn withh spag - very poor. The spot prawns were floppy and tasteless - worse acutally - had a distinctive fishy taste - gross. It's now several hours since my dinner and I can still taste that fishy mush - yuk.

Also had the chick pea appet - avoid it; dry and tasteless - need something to take it up several notches.

On the other hand - great ambiance . . . too bad about the food. Those morons at Van Mag and other critics - get a life; better yet, go to school (college at least) and qualify for a real job.

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Good pizza
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:29am [Dine in]

Went to Campagnolo before a hockey game with three other people including at 10 year old picky eater and we sure were glad we did! We had the Tagliatelle, Spaghetti, and the Salsiccia pizza. I can't really say much about the pasta as I only wanted pizza, but my dining mates, including the picky 10 year old loved it! He and his dad shared both pastas, and they both agreed that the Tagliatelle was the better one of the two.

My husband and I shared the pizza and it was amazing! Much better than Nicli's as I found Nicli's to be quite chewy. The pizza was perfectly seasoned and I loved their crust. It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

The service was good. The place was busy and our server was attentive enough. Will definitly be paying Campagnolo another visit in the near future.

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Promising, some tweaks needed
By ratatouille of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Following on the heels of successful casual Italian restaurants like La Buca and La Quercia, Campagnolo falls short. The food was good but not great.

Pros: The price point was very affordable, and the cutlery and room clean, simple and inviting. Our waitress was also extremely professional and friendly.

To improve on: Portions were a bit small, menu hard to read if you're not familiar with Italian (translations would help), and they could work on the quality of the pasta - I wonder if it was freshly made in house, didn't seem like it.

That said - it is a good restaurant, I just think there is room for improvement.

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Somewhere between average and underwhelming
By i_love_food of Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I really wanted to like this place as there's few or no Italian restaurants in the Main street area, not this kind anyway. The highlight of this restaurant is not the food but the space. Modern but warm, not Yaletown trendy. The wine lounge in the back is pretty nice too.

Food was ok, but nothing really stood out. The fried chickpea appetizer may have been one of the best things we had. The ling cod was also above average, but the pastas were forgettable (which is surprising, since this is an Italian restaurant). Portions were on the small side, but nothing totally unexpected except for the octopus salad - I think we got 10 little bits of diced octopus. The scarcity of food on that dish rivaled that at Lumiere.

The really underwhelming part of this restaurant, though, is the service. Uninspired, almost cold, and not very knowledgeable. Our waitress had no clue about wine - I'd venture to say that the servers at the Bentall Cactus Club know more about wine.

Maybe this restaurant just needs some time. I won't hold my breath

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great food
By luigi of richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

We had the chance of eating twice at Campagnolo. Although they have only been open a short time both experiences were great. The food was consistently very good especially the Ceci,chickpea salad, the octopus salad and pizza. Staff was warm and friendly. A great addition to the Vancouver dining scene. The only negative is the dodgy neighbourhood.

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Loud, but good food
By clementinebleue of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

The menu is short, but everything we tasted was delicious. It's definitively not the 'classic' Italian food, they've put their twist on rustic Italian fare and it works.

The drawback is the room. It has cool design features, but the open kitchen and the concrete floors mean that it's very loud. It's fun to go with a group of friends but not awesome as a romantic date. It's also very drafty in winter- that wood canopy is stylish, but it doesn't cut the cold air on a rainy Vancouver night.

It's maybe slightly overpriced for people that like to eat a lot (the portions are reasonable but not huge). I think the originality and quality of the dishes are outstanding, and it's nice not to have gargantuan portions.

I will go back, I'm a fan. I think it's cool that the restaurant is set in a 'run down' area of Vancouver, I'm all for urban regeneration.

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Some Good Dishes and Some Disappointing
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I have had both lunch and dinner here now and this is the experience:

Great friendly service and nice laid back atmosphere.

First visit-lunch-I had pizza and my dinign companion had risotto. The pizza was very good and the risotti was excellent (cauliflower)

Second visit- dinner- I had the days feature risotto-disappointing in a big way. Compared to the house cauliflower risotto it was downright blah. My dining companion had the pizza-again very good. We both ordered dessert and both desserts were not good-we would go again for the pizza but skip the dessert. I might consider having the feature cauliflower risotti again but not sure.

So, it is a nice neighbourhood feeling place to enjoy a meal with friends or family but-our dinner of risotto, pizza, two desserts and one coffee and one glass of winr $75 and we only enjoyed the pizza, wine and coffee :-)

I guess we will be back but they need to take the blah out of some dishes.

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Had a good time
By cwm_2355 of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 26, 2011 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I was at Campagnolo the other night for a friend's birthday dinner. Never heard much about it but was pleasantly surprised when I walk in. It isn't in the nicest part of town but the interior is tastyfully decorated and well thought out.

The food itself was okay, the spaghetti noodles was fresh and tasty but the portion was pretty small. We also had a pizza and again it was tasty, but small portions. Good thing we had the chorizo sausage as the appetizer as well.

This is the kind of place where you enjoy your experience, but it isn't particularly memorable and you wouldn't really go out of your way just to come back here.

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Not worth the stop
By DLP of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for dinner with my wife on a recomendation from a server at another resturant. We were met promptly and pleasantly and shown to our table. The room was warm, interesting and about 3/4 full. We skipped the appies and went for two mains, the Thursday night special Lasagna, & Mussels Rissoto. When the special is ordered you can purchase a glass of featured red wine for $6.95, however if the special is not ordered the same glass costs $9.25??? We both had a glass and although I didn't measure it I would swear it was about 2.5 -3 oz. Didn't make note of the wine, however it was in the quality level of an Itallian blend that would sell for $12.00 per ltr in a liquor store. This was a total rip-off, it wasn't the price, just the fact that the glass was so short poured. I recomend they get the little carafe's that other establishments use which makes the qty consistant, and fair. Our dinner arrived in record time, about 15 min. The rissoto was closer to soup than risotto was bland and devoid of texture. The loosness of the dish can be overlooked a bit as there is more than one opinion on how wet a rissoto should be, but to be mushy and bland is just bad prep. If there is a chef in the back he/she should be cut loose. If Belcham had anything to do with his/her training, he should be ashamed. The Lasagna was dry, pasty, and lacked flavor. I mean come on guys, this is your "feature". Bottom line for this one is we won't remotly consider another visit. If an Itallian resturant can't make a decent lasagna or risotto, its time to throw in the tongs. My prediction is this resturant will be gone in less than 12 months.

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