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Campagnolo Roma

2297 Hastings Street East
Vancouver, BC V5L1V3
Tel: (604) 569-0456
Neighbourhood: Grandview Woodland
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 5PM - 10PM, Wed - Fri: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 10PM, Sat - Sun: 10:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 10PM
  • Campagnolo Roma features the cuisine of Rome including classic antipasti, pastas and pizzas using local, fresh ingredients served in a casual atmosphere. Campagnolo Roma sources the highest quality ingredients and works directly with the farmers and fishermen.

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Good little Italian Restaurant on Hastings
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I came in for lunch with my father, the space is small and has a casual feel to it. We each had a $13 Margherita Pizza and both enjoyed our lunch. Nice thin italian pizza with great crust and ingredients. I'll be back to try out some of their pasta dishes. Great place for a quick lunch. Service here is good and genuine.

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Solid all-around
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:02am [Dine in]

The four of us dropped in on Friday evening and it was fairly busy but they found a table for us quickly. It's a narrow, dark room but warm and comfortable. We ordered two pizzas, two pastas, salad and drinks. All the food was good - the pastas were doughy but good. The sauces were good too. The pork in one of them was tasty although some people may think too salty as some of the posts mention. The pizzas were authentic, thin crust. We couldn't finish everything so we took the rest home and had a great lunch the next day. Service was friendly and professional. A bit loud as the room is tight but we could still hear each other across the table (some places, that's impossible)
We will likely be back.

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By tobicat of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 10:31am [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Campagnolo Roma for maybe the fifth or sixth time last night. Our first visit there was shortly after it opened and it was excellent. We had bruschetta, octopus salad, spot prawn pasta and spaghetti carbonara. We had a couple deserts as well as a few drinks throughout the meal. Everything was excellent. Ambience, service and food had all top marks. The only slightest complaint was my wife found the Carbonara to be a little too salty for her liking. Since that first visit we have recommended it to many of our friends and neighbours. Strangely, every time we have returned the food has become more and more disappointing. The only consistent positive aspect is their service has alway remained excellent. The most common complaint that we've heard from friends that have gone there is that the food is too salty. I'm a salt-a-holic so I considered myself not be a good judge of this complaint. But after every additional visit I've become more and more aware of how over salted everything is. Two visits ago we went with another couple for dinner and we all walked away unimpressed. The octopus salad we once loved has changed and was oily, bland and consisted almost entirely of eggplant. We all had pastas and three of them we agreed were too salty for our taste. Two tables around us that night returned their pastas, and even though I don't know why one could only assume they were too salty.

We pretty much decided that would be our last visit for awhile but last night we both had a hankering for some pasta and being that there are only two Italian restaurants walking distance from us we decided to try it one last time. We ordered the bruschetta, misticanza salad, tonarelli pasta and a margherita pizza. Bruschetta has changed again and was remarkably bland, misticanza salad was ok but a little to vinegary, and tonarelli was unbearably salty. The pizza was excellent tho, I don't think I'll ever be able to complain about the pizza, always delicious crust and toppings. As far as the octopus salad and bruschetta I know they always keep the menu new and fresh and try and use seasonal ingredients. I just wish we could order something from the appetizer menu that we can consistently return to and enjoy. I just don't understand why everything has to be sooo salty! I've heard it from too many people and read too many reviews where people mention the salt that it makes me think its more than a regional Italian taste.

It hurts me to give the place a bad review, I want it to do well and my neighbourhood and I want to return if the food improves. Like I mentioned earlier, the decor and ambience is great, service has always been fantastic but the food seems to be a victim of poor seasoning. There's no question the owner and chefs take great pride in the ingredients and menu, but I'm starting to wonder why they cant taste how salty everything is.

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Such wonderful pizza
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2011 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

We stopped in for an early weekend dinner, and were seated immediately.

We ordered the margherita pizza and the caneloni al forno (see uploaded images).

The pizza is thin, with a slightly firm crisp crust (this appears to be the characteristic of roman style pizza), with a slight char on the bottom. As with margherita, the toppings were just enough to punctuate the pizza crust with flavor, but not overwhelm.

The caneloni was just fabulous. The pasta was al dente, filled with a creamy garlic sauce swiss char and sausage, topped with a parmesan & bread crumble that added a savoury crunch.

Our server was patient (explaining the menu to us), warm and pleasant.

The ambiance is warm with lots of wood tones.

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NYE Diner
By d-eater of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2013 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I dined at Campagnolo Roma on NYE with a group. The restaurant is relatively small, which makes for a nice atmosphere and ambience, but also means that there are not a lot of tables to wait over. I have dined at the Main Street location several times and have always been happy with the ambience, service and food quality, especially the "family" style dining menu option.

I know that it was NYE and it was busy. However, Campagnolo is normally busy most days of the week. Therefore, it is my opinion that the quality of service, food, etc. should be no different than any other night.

We were seated around 7pm and asked to leave the restaurant by the next sitting at 9pm. I was fine with this since the restaurant made it known to us. I do feel however that when this is requested by the restaurant, that it is their responsibility to provide a proper dining experience, and not a rushed service (which is what occurred).

We ordered the "family" style menu, which is a share option for the table consisting of several appetizers, pasta, pizzas and dessert.

We were a group of 10 so it was odd that when the appetizers came out, we were given multiple appy's (salads, sausages, etc.) but only one serving of each. The plates are not large, so it was difficult to reasonably share one plate amongst 10 people. Nonetheless, the food was relatively good and we made due.

The pasta's came next. As an Italian restaurant, one would expect the pasta to be cooked well. However, 3 of the 5 shared plates were even to the amateur cook, obviously undercooked (the risotto was hard, as was 2 spaghetti dishes). In my opinion this is a definite NO-NO for an Italian establishment and very disappointing!!! Also, I again found it odd that the restaurant decided to provide 5 small plates of different pastas, which would obviously be difficult to share amongst a group of 10 vs. less varities and more of each. It was literally like having a serving size of one bite of pasta from each variety in order for everyone to have a taste of each dish.

Next came the pizza's, which as per usual, were quite tasty and filling. Dessert soon followed which was as good. However, as part of dessert we were not offered any tea/coffee which was disappointing from a dining and service point of view.

Throughout the meal, the server kept rushing us through the meal and took food off the table extremely quick trying to move on to the next course. Again, I totally understand that there are subsequent reservations, but if you have penciled us in for a particular sitting, then it is the restaurants responsibility to provide us with a quality dining experience within this time slot.

I also want to mention that I had ordered a beer and when I finished it, I was not offered another (nor were some of my dining companions). I find it a common courtesy for restaurants to be on top of things like this.

Overall I do not want to discourage people from trying Campagnolo, as my visits to the Main Street location have been good. However, I did want to voice my concerns with my visit to the Roma location, with my main points summarized as follows:

1) Pasta undercooked
2) Service was rush throughout the meal
3) Too many variations of pasta & appy's which meant very small serving sizes for each person as part of the share menu
4) No offering of drink refills (ex: beer)
5) No offering of tea/coffee with dessert

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Food was too salty for me
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Had to go try out this new addition to east van eating. Read a number of reviews on this place and had high expectations.

The menu is very limited so be prepared for it.

We decided on 1 appetizer, 1 pizza, 2 entrees - tab came to about $75 with 1 beer/1 soda

The eggplant bruschetta was very tasty and came quickly to the table, then it was about 20 minutes for the rest of the dishes.

The server did warn us that the carbonara would not be what we would get traditionally. It was different - extremely salty. She said it was done roman style with just cracked black pepper. I think they forgot the pepper and poured on the salt.

The canaloni was good but also really salty.

The pizza was okay, crust was good, but once again very salty, chose the only meat alternative on the menu.

Our entire table agreed that the salt content was just too high and we would not be going back. Oh well we tried it out at least.

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Could be a sophisticated neighbourhood dining experience, but
By interactbiz of North Van (34 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

We've been happy diners at Campagnolo on Main Street so expected the same satisfaction at the Hastings St. location. Four of us enjoyed an early dinner at the newest bistro but results were mixed. Two glasses of house ale, two bellinis and four plates of salad greens (exotic organics) were the start. OK, except the tab was already over a hundred bucks, allowing for tax and gratuity.

This is from Alan Richman's GQ review of a New York diner, "The best dish of this meal was the massive, underpriced ($9) blue-cheese salad with monstrous chunks of cheese and hunks of candied walnuts as big and burnished as jeweled Fabergé eggs. At Campagnolo Roma, salad was a simple handful of greens dressed lightly with a vinaigrette, but $12.

My plate of cannelloni, pasta tubes with a stuffing of chard and fennel sausage, was served without heavy saucing and risked being too dry. But, no it was a taste delight, quite perfect but left me wanting more. The other mains were rigatoni with pork and tomato and two pizzas, all quite fine.

For dessert, two of us ordered a special, meringue with berry sauce. The meringue was uncooked and I would have preferred the texture contract of one that had been at least lightly baked. For me and another diner, the dessert was a disappointment but another person might prefer Campagnolo's style.

If eating at Nick's Spaghetti House on Commercial Drive is your style, Campagnolo Roma may not be perfect. The East Hastings spot had the feel of newness, not quite sorted out. At $15, the cannelloni was good value, at $12, the salad was not. Service could have been more involved; our server removed one plate of salad greens that had been barely touched but made no inquiry or comment.

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Grazie, Ma No Grazie
By sexycombover of Richmond, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 22, 2011 - 7:40am [Dine in]

Probably not the correct italian above, but again, there everything wasn't that correct at Campagnolo Roma, anyway.

Service was ok, but the lady that seated us seemed really unhappy and abrupt.

My co-worker is a big fan of the original Campagnolo restaurant (on Main) and urged me to try it, but because I was transitting, I thought that the E. Hastings location would be much easier for me to get to, and since it is probably the same owners, I assumed it would also be good. The previous day, my co-workers did go to the original Campagnolo restaurant, showing me pictures of the delicious food and the generous portions, so I had my expectations.

So I went to Campagnolo Roma hoping to be fed with large portions and delicious food. To my dismay, the evening started going downhill already when we sat down. My plate (without food in it) had a baby spider sitting in it, so I had to get that change. The bruschetta we ordered to share was drenched in oil and tasted mainly of olives even though it was supposed to be flavored with buffalo cheese and eggplant. It was also a bit cumbersome to eat because the eggplant was stacked so high on top of the biscuit.

OK, that's fine. Appetiziers aren't their forte. So for mains, we had cannelloni and the daily special ravioli (filled with green peas) between two people. They came and I was shocked. You could count how many ravioli were on the plate, and the cannelloni pieces were very small, even though the plate did have three pieces. Portion aside, the cannelloni was much too salty, and the greens were too soggy for my liking.

The ravioli was delicious and, for me, the saving grace of the entire meal so far. The flavor was perfect and it wasn't overly filling. I was just sad that there were so few on my plate.

Usually, for italian meals, I get so full after eating the main that dessert is usually a stretch, but I was still ravenous after the appy and main course, so we decided to order some dessert. We ordered the tiramisu and the the almond semifroddo. Both were really good, and finally, portions I could deal with.

With that said, at the end of the meal, I was still very hungry. I went home not knowing whether I should eat more (cause I was concerned with caloric intake) or if I should just sleep hungry.

This was really shocking for me considering how large portions are at the Main St. location and at other Italian Homestyle restaurants. I will unlikely be back, but I will try the other location to see if it is the better counterpart.

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Too salty small portions
By localmainstdiner of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Two of us just paid $70 - the fresh pasta was al dente but the salmon spaghetti lacked flavor but was very salty so was the taglatele - salty. Small bowls I pasta, $17 per bowl - I hate leaving a restaurant hungry !, feel ripped off! Guys - make good food, taste it, satisfy your customers!! It's that easy and it's italian! this is NOT A winning formula. Waitress didn't ask how we liked our food - very,very disappointed.

Why open a second restaurant only to miss the mark read your reviews or ask how was your meal? Cause judging by these reviews - too small salty portions are not a unique experience.

Won't return

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Too salty small portions
By localmainstdiner of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Two of us just paid $70 - the fresh pasta was al dente but the salmon spaghetti lacked flavor but was very salty so was the taglatele - salty. Small bowls I pasta, $17 per bowl - I hate leaving a restaurant hungry !, feel ripped off! Guys - make good food, taste it, satisfy your customers!! It's that easy and it's italian! this is NOT A winning formula. Waitress didn't ask how we liked our food - very,very disappointed.

Why open a second restaurant only to miss the mark read your reviews or ask how was your meal? Cause judging by these reviews - too small salty portions are not a unique experience.

Won't return

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Carbonara recipe needs fixing
By ang9171 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

Back in August 2011 their Carbonara was so good I told everyone. Tonight when I was there, it was awful. First bite, all pepper. Second bite, all salt. The waitress told us they have a new chef. I sent it back for the chef to try and he said it was intentional, that is how he makes it. Three other friends have confirmed my sentiment about the carbonara. I would recommend this chef to have another look at his recipe as it does not compare to what was offered before. His version of carbonara is White Spot caliber, basically for people who have no expectations for good food.

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Movin' on up
By hardcore harvey of East Vancouver, BC (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Little by little, this eclectic and rough around the edges stretch of Hastings Street is beginning to blossom. Camapagnolo Roma is the newest addition to my neighbourhood and it will be interesting to see how the working class folks in the area respond to the slightly upscale pizza and pasta joint.

Three of us popped in for a weekday late lunch recently. We sat outside on the small patio located a few feet off the blacktop parking lot the resteraunts shares with a drycleaning business. The white table cloths and linen napkins stood in stark contrast to the litter-strewn, scrubby grass nearby. A couple of tough looking prostitutes ambled by as we perused the small menu. The somewhat shabby location only makes the efforts made by the owners standout all the more though. They've done a marvelous job in renovating the shambolic former Carribbean(?) pizza joint into a classy little gem of a space.

As said, the menu is small. There's a few salads, a few pastas and a few pizzas. They run a couple of pizza/pasta specials and that's it. Which is totally fine if they nail each item. They mostly did on this day. We werent starved so we decided to try one dish from each of the sections. Our octopus salad was good, though the celaphod was on the chewy side and I've had tastier. Still, it went nicely with the croutons and the dressing on the greens was refreshing on this sunny afternoon. Mom enjoyed her glass of Italian red, resonably priced at $6.5. My Russell lager was ice cold and delish. Next came the canneloni stuffed with pork and swiss chard. It was delectible. Rich, creamy and dense. Perfect to share but I wouldnt want to tackle a plate of it solo. All agreed it was a winner. Finally our classic Margurita pizza arrived. Gorgeous in it's simplicity and as tasty as it looked. We crushed it in a few short minutes. They serve the pizza with a side of very tasty, spicy paste made from, I believe, anise or fennel. It really amped the pizza up. Yum.

Service from out pretty English server was prompt and efficient. The pacing of the 3 courses was bang-on.

Overall, it was a good outing. I really hope this hole-in-the-wall makes it because decent Italian food is strangely difficult to find in East Van. At any rate, Hastings-Sunrise is on it's way with at least a half dozen decent resteraunts. Camapgnolo Roma is the latest entry.

Lunch for 3 with two drinks and a coke was $75 including a good tip

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Delicious experience
By qgyh2 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Delicious and authentically Italian dishes mixed with a few very creative and interesting items. The prices were high, but justified. We walked away full and extremely happy. It's also great to finally see great food in this neighbourhood. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good date spot.

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Great restaurant, amazing pizza
By tropical of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:54am [Dine in]

Have always wanted to try Campagnolo on Main but never got around to it. When the Campagnolo on Hastings opened up we went with friends who live near it. We had a great experience! My partner and I started with the mixed olives as a starter, which were terrific. Our friend's had the bruschetta and were raving about it. For my main dish, I had the featured pizza of the night, funghi. I felt like I was back in Italy again, the dough, wild mushrooms, and zuchini were amazing. The cheese they use on the pizza is good quality as well. Great atmosphere and service was very attentive. The restaurant really adds to the community as there are so many Italians that live around there. Will go back again! Thanks Campagnolo :-)

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