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Campagnolo

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

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Severely Disapointed. HORRIBLE VALUE.
By kitsgirl21 of Kitsilano, (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Had a totally mediocre experience here last night. The server was unkempt (big hair that he constantly had his fingers in coupled with a waft of B.O.) and surprisingly unprofessional and unenthusiastic. From the get-go he treated our table as if we were a huge burden, just waiting for this night to be over, and as if he was anticipating a super low tip. He was so apathetic about every aspect of his 'service' to us - he was just terrible.

Sometimes a server with this kind of attitude can be compensated for by fantastic food, but not in this case. The portions were teeny-tiny, the pizza crust was terribly chewy-doughy, and the Salumi Platter was not served with crostini. We had to ask for it, and obviously wait for it to arrive.

The best thing about the dinner was the decor, the restaurant is beautiful, and the space has a great vibe and feel to it. The unisex toilets were both dirty (and unflushed) and placed beside the kitchen. Felt unsanitary. I cannot recommend this place, and even if I was given a gift card for this restaurant, I would not go back. Really disappointed.

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Do NOT order wine by the half litre!!
By morna of vancouver (main) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I've been to Campagnolo 3 times now and have been ripped off for wine each time. The half litres of wine they serve are half bottles instead - at half litre prices. You are paying for 500 ml of wine but you are actually getting close to 375 ml. The first two times this happened, I noticed the half liter I ordered looked small. The third time I decided to measure the wine to be sure. I ordered a pint of water (with the 500 ml mark on the top), drank it, then poured the wine in the glass to measure. As I suspected, the 'half liter' I had ordered was in fact a half bottle, so I was being ripped off by 125 ml. NOT happy about that. I told the waitress about this but she just shrugged it off. I filled out a comment card when I left and wrote that I was 'on to them' so I hope that they've stopped this dishonest and disappointing (and probably illegal) practice. That really just leaves a foul taste in my mouth about the whole experience.

Wine aside, the homemade breadsticks are outstanding, as is their signature starter of fried chick peas. The pizzas are tasty but sadly lacking toppings - nearly bare. The salamis they carry are delicious but absurdly overpriced - $22 for a selection of three kinds of absolutely miniscule porportions.

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Disappointing
By Patrice of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 11, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Friends had been urging us to try Belcham's Italian spot for some time and we were anticipating a great meal. All six of us were underwhelmed. Put simply, the food is pretentious and portions ridiculously small for the price. The pizza was terrible-- stodgy and barren-- and the pork served almost unbearably rare. We wanted to discuss our issues with our server but she was rushed and inattentive. Instead we opted for a quick exit. It took more than 20 minutes for us to get the check. Suggest you give Campagnolo a miss unless you are the sort of diner who equates small portions artfully draped on the plate with superlative cuisine.

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Uninspired Italian
By HungryOutsider of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I will rate our visit to Campagnolo as decent. The whole experience started out well enough; full restaurant, vibrant ambiance and friendly hostess. The apertif and the antipasti (bean and smoked sausage soup) at the bar were authentic Italian, tasty and good value. The bartender's attention was prompt and entertaining without being intrusive.

For the primi and we were granted a table. Suddenly the experience changed and the sensation was that of have entered a new restaurant. The serving staff was nowhere to be seen for the first ten minutes, as they appeared it was evident that they were well trained and congenial, however simpky had too many tables to attend to and hence the dining experience was lowered.

The primi - risotto - was slightly too al dente and very bland, except for a zesty sting of lemon. Secondi - chicken and pork - were decent, with gentle flavours and fine texture, yet this was poorly complemented with a very bland and watery polenta. The inconsistency of the dishes was further highlighted by the fact that they arrived very slowly (you could argue that this is as per Italian fashion). The service continued to be friendly and apologetic, credit should be due to the fact that they did credit the polenta on the bill.

Conclusion: I would return for a drink to kick off a good night out, but no more dinner here!

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Back to Basics
By LotusRapper of Lower Mainland (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I don't have much to add to what others have already said about the value and quality of Campagnolo. Let's just say I was there recently and will be a repeat customer for years to come.

A quick note to DOGETT: if you feel ripped-off for your $58 meal because it wasn't portioned to your liking, may I suggest establishments like Anton's, Anducci's ....... or The Olde Spaghetti Factory. Campagnolo isn't about quantity over quality. If that's what you expect you have totally missed their point and the modern "retro" genre of quality dining that we are so lucky to have in Vancouver.

Thanks for leaving more available table space for me in the future ;-)

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Glad I live near by
By peach-juicie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Have came here once before when it was the old Portuguese place, and live near by so really wanted to see what this place was like. Have never been to their other restaurant, so didn't really know what to expect.
It didn't matter that I couldn't understand what the menu said, because the server in the back wine bar section did all the work for us. I brought a guest visiting from out of town, and I ended up glad we decided not to wait in the pouring rain outside of Foundation for a seat....
The wine recommendations he gave us were perfect! Loved the wine! The octopus salad and tuna with white beans were unexpectedly delicious, and the serving sizes were perfect... especially when you want to try a few things on the menu, plus wine and dessert without being stuffed.
The pizza was decent... I prefer more sauce, so it was a little dry for me, but the steak was fantastic and again, the wines were delicious.
The room itself is very basic, and if you are looking to have a private conversation, this probably wont happen, but it didn't bother me. I would have to say though, I recieved * hands down* some of the best service I've had in Vancouver. As a former server myself, I pick up alot of things, and this guy, not sure his name, was awesome!

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Well worth the trip to the Downtown Eastside
By diningduo of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

For years I drove by the small portugese restaurant that used to be in this spot, always promising myself I would try it. Missed the chance and was sad to see it bordered up last Fall. Another one bites the dust, I thought, wondering if anything would reopen in this dilapidated stretcth of Main St. In December, Campagnolo did just that. The decor looked pretty barren from the outside. But every time I drove by, I saw people inside. Then the reviews started appearing. Kudos from foodies, mixed reviews from the rest. Last week it was voted one of the hottest new food destination in the city. It was time to try it and tonight my partner and I did just that. They didn't take reservations, so we arrived slightly before 6 and were warmly greeted at the door and given a choice of where we wanted to sit. We chose along the wall, flanked by a continuous bankette. The decor turned out to be indeed barren, but functional. Looks like they stripped the old interior, revealing the basic masonry and wooden ceiling beams. Wooden accents in the bar, separating wall and false ceiling warm up the atmosphere. Service was prompt and attentive. We started with the homemade country paté (which could have used a bit more spices) served with crostinis (which were extra, don't know why, as with what else would you eat paté?...). My partner had the ling cod (nicely prepared and presented) and I chose the fennel sausage pizza (best pizza crust I've eaten in a while - want recipe). Not a lot of stuff on the pizza (maybe a quarter of a sausage, chopped up, some arugula, chilis and tomato sauce), but it was still very tasty. The food style is definitely italian rustic. Portions are not very big, so I would probably be more inclined to come back for lunch or an afternoon or after-show snack than dinner. They seem to have a nice wine list. By the time we were done the place had filled up. Not bad for a rainy Wednesday night.

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Amazing space, small portions
By darrrrr of Downtown, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

The design of this restaurant is really impressive. Service was solid, she was knowledgeable about the menu items when asked and gave appropriate wine recommendations. Shared 3 appies among the 3 of us: the chickpeas, the pate, and ribs which were a special that night. They were all really nicely done, pate was very fresh and well seasoned but portions were on the smaller side.

We decided to share a pizza among us since we weren't overly hungry. Got the mushroom and pancetta one. My first impression was 'i think they forgot the toppings!'.. literally 4 or 5 mushroom pieces, and a tablespoon worth of pancetta crumbles. Was disappointing to say the least.

Would be back for the appies and to try the entrees

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Good, but over-hyped.
By greatexpectations of Kitsilano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Well, the restaurant looks like you're somewhere else and not across from the Ivanhoe, so that's good. The entrance is a weird bamboo tunnel thing which didn't seem to jive with the rest of the decor. The room is warm in ambience, though I thought the table set up was a bit cafeteria-ish. We were seated promptly. Our server always seemed like she was in a hurry as though she was anticipating a rush that never came. We ordered the deepfried chickpeas - they were tasty, but exactly what I expected - deepfried spiced chickpeas. We also ordered a tuna salad which was pleasant. We had the flank steak and chicken. Don't forget too order sides, or you will receive meat on a plate with salsa verde and that's it. The flank steak was okay. The chicken was cooked in duck fat and accompanied with house sausage. It was a salty fatty, artery clogging dinner. But everything in moderation, right? The music was all over the place - James Blunt, Tom Jones, Thievery Corp, Beatles. I poked my head down the hallway to look at the "wine room" - I thought I was confused because it looked more like a staff meal table. Don't get me wrong, everything tasted nice. I think it caters more to people who live breathe and eat charcuterie, duck fat, etc. I think I've got to eat cleaner and lighter for my next night out.

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i love this room
By timetodine449 of east van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has a great atmosphere, the modern design is original and stylish but also comfortable. The quality of the food is outstanding, and I was impressed that nothing on the menu cost over $18 (even though I was somewhat disappointed in the portions!).
I'm still confused that they don't offer bread or crackers for the cheese plate, was I supposed to use the cylindrical crostinis like chopsticks, or balance the cheese somehow on them, or just eat the cheese with my fork? Kind of wierd. (And they're really salty crostinis too, not great to top with salty cheeses)
Giovanni in the wine bar is fantastic. What an asset he is - he made us feel like he was there just for us, we were so well taken care of! The other 2 times I was there, the servers made me feel rushed, and didn't inspire confidence in their knowledge of menu description.
All said and done, I'll be back. This is a great place to relax over wine and a small bite of delicious food (try their cured meats, mmm!). The only other noteworthy suggestions would include putting a space heater in the f-f-f-freezing back room, and making the menu more accessible (I feel quite confident in my food knowledge, but didn't know what *anything* was on the menu)

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Not Convinced
By WestEndFoodRealist of West End, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

So...I don't see what all the fuss is about with this restaurant. We arrived early (6 pm) on a Friday night and got a prime window seat (first come, first served philosophy).

The menu is in partial Italian and required translation.

Server appeared to be knowledgeable negotiating the wine list but the recommended choice was thin and nondescript (certainly not what we were looking or asking for. A second choice was also a disappointment.

We took the server's recommendations on the Chick Pea Salad - basically flash fried chick peas - tasty but nothing to be over the moon with. The recommended risotto was rich and sumptuous but unfortunately swimming in a small lake of oil - not very appetizing and we left over half of it untouched.

Pizza - okay, how can an Italian restaurant get this wrong? We ordered the Salciccia - the crust was great, but the tomato sauce tasted like canned Hunts (too sweet and salty) and I had to wipe my hands after picking up a slice - again too liberal with the oil. The flavorings on the pizza could have been better but were detracted from by the subpar tomato sauce.

The juxtaposition of the Ivanhoe regulars stumbling by and the upscale foodies inside was also a bit sad- I used to live in this neighbourhood and I don't think anyone slinging $2 beer at the Hoe would be frequenting this establishment. I wouldn't call it a neighbourhood joint (at least not yet; whether this restaurant will be around once the Oly Village is complete and it will be a different story).

I would not return to this restaurant - Vancouver is flush with great restaurants meaning mediocre ones can be avoided on the second pass.

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Amazing Charcuterie
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

The charcuterie at Campagnolo is in a league of its own - presented simply and incredibly delicious. The coppa di testa was especially memorable. Outstanding!

The agnolotti was delicate and cooked perfect but a few more portions would have made it feel like a truly excellent value.

My chicken was deboned and its crispy skin laid like a blanket over a bed of sausage and sweet red peppers. Amazing and comforting.

Service was unfortunately very poor: our server was cold and apparently wishing she was elsewhere, all of our attempts to ask her about the food were met with three-word blunt replies and then a quick escape back into the kitchen.

Italian food can get away with being simple and rustic, Campagnolo takes these two qualities and pairs them with perfectly prepared food. Worthy of a few visits!

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Yes, It's Next to the Ivanhoe
By graham of the hood (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

First impression was the minimalist room. We were certainly not dressed for fine dining and felt totally comfortable. We wanted to keep an eye onthe hockey game so we took a table in the back room. There we had a great view of the alley and a big blue dumpster. Whatever. No big deal.

We asked our waiter what he recommended. He was pleasant and knowledgable. Actually he was pretty fabulous. We started with some albacore tuna and an order of chic-pea salad. The tuna was decent. I enjoyed the endive and onions. The chic-pea salad was lovely. It had a nice, light smokiness, cut by some mint I think. Nice.

There is a good, reasonably priced wine list. I was so excited to find an affordable Barbaresco that I didn't even think about pairing the food and the wine. I love what Italians do with the Nebbiolo grape in Piedmont. Tasty.

Next up we had a pasta and some polenta. The polenta was delicious if not heavenly. The pasta was underwhelming and very small. I don't even remember which one we ate. I guess to be fair it was in the spirit of the restaurant. Minimal. Maybe I've never had true Italian pasta before. I just expected a little more of a "wow" factor. I wasn't bad, just not amazing.

Like I said. The server was great. The food and wine were good. The ambiance was OK. Maybe I'll go back in a few months and try some other menu items. Maybe not.

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There is every indication that this owner does not do it for the love of food.
By Digby of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Always thought there may be something to this place, after seeing it full many times on a drive by. However, decided to try it during dine-out and was sorely disappointed. Wanted a table for three, and were sent upstairs to the "wine lounge" for an hour and a half wait. Tables came and went but they were obviously unwilling to seat a waiting table of three when they could get a table of four who just walked in the door. This is simply insulting. Wish we had known what we were waiting for. The first indication should have been the amazingly overpriced wine list. All italian bottles priced at 3-5 x their value, excepting the most expensive choice being from the owners own winery in Canada (of course). The price for this bottle was simply obnoxious. A bit like his food. The beef brisket itself was cooked really well, but served in a pool of runny polenta. I have never seen such watery polenta. The pasta, cant recall what it was called, a sausage one with conchiglie (shell pasta) was dry as a bone. Almost as if it had been cooked a while ago and then reheated. In an italian restaurant I expect to be blown away by pasta. Didn't see much sausage either. Then came the desserts. A bland chocolate mouse with a sauce made with cocoa powder with little/no sugar, so very bitter. The apple tart was bland as well with plain apples baked in a thick stodgy pie crust - no flavor, no sparkle whatsoever. Would not give this one another go. There is a serious disconnection between the popularity of this restaurant and the calibre of the food. You come away feeling as if they are trying to pinch pennies by cutting corners in the kitchen, while killing it on the wine. Ultimately, between the price of the wine, the underwhelming food, the really long wait in the quiet lonely "wine lounge" and the large bill, we left unsatisfied and feeling a little gouged.

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Can you say Pretentious?
By heybarbara of kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 1:15am [Dine in]

Ugh - I get frustrated just thinking about my experience here.
We were finally greeted at the door with a rather chilly reception. The place was almost empty & the room felt icy cold.
Our server was slow, unenthusiastic & totally removed. She couldn't be bothered to answer any questions & barely grunted out her responses.
The menu was so annoying to look over. It was built entirely around the most obscure words - I can only assume they're not trying to make you feel like an idiot, but that's certainly what one feels like when wondering what EVERY.SINGLE.ITEM. is!? The wine list is totally...uninteresting, not to mention overpriced. (Good Grappa, though)
Our food came - bland, uninspired, and TINY. I don't get it at all - when you're 'playing poor' by slumming it beside the Ivanhoe, why would you charge an arm & a leg for miniscule portions?! More importantly, why would anyone ever go back?

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If I'd wanted to be in a Lutheran Church basement, I'd have time travelled back to Burnaby
By shaurora of Kitsilano, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

OK, in all fairness I am not a fan of this type of "decor". My pizza had almost nothing on it (it said "dandelion" which I know to be a type of chicory - there were three miniscule pieces)...and some squash. The "lardo" (I took the server's recommendation) was so subtle as to be completely...not there. Also, the pizza was underdone. I loved the breadsticks, though.
One of my biggest complaints was the wine list. It's 40 dollars for the cheapest bottle of red wine - and that is Colli Albani - really close to plonk. It's normally available in litres at around 10 bucks. So....that didn't feel very good. I don't mind paying if the food and atmosphere is great but this felt like gouging. There was also no aromas of food - it did not feel as if there was any cooking going on. I prefer a much more sensual atmosphere...this was cold, 'too cool for school' - reminded me how much I like cooking, and staying home. I cannot for the life of me understand the hype. I must say that our server did very well - we did have a number of complaints including the wine - she managed to be very kind to us.

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Not so impressed
By dogett of Yaletown,vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Appealing decor, lighting good . Sat at window. Firstly, Waitress's attention taken away from us while taking our order by acknowloging previous patrons who are on street out side,now I ask you? We two order 1 salad, 1 pate and, two pasta dishes. Moments later, it's 8.30 ish pm Sunday Patron swings by circling the two small pasta plates with delicate theatrics, placing them quietly. Fine, but were pray are the two preliminary servings? I put this down to a confusion, mine perhapes for the moment not being up with the play though would rather have it the way I'm used to. Never the less and warm hearterly (I've been there myself) waitress was to lean that, well things had been rather forgotton. "So sorry, I never forget thngs usually but it has been a busy night, and as an appeasement we are bought forth a plate of cookies, flavouful but on the oily side as was the pasta not so the pretsiles however. Two Pasta dishes plus a half litre of wine = $50 and the usual over generous tip from my man came to$58 now I think that is over priced considering the size and cost of pasta which is minimal and the three tomatoe skins in a flavourful but oily ish sauce, come on guys, I like you but I feel you need to take a weee bit of a tip here cause I would like to feel it be worth while in my returning.

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not worth it
By audreyj of Kitsilano, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 3:31am [Dine in]

Waited one hour for pizzas, without receiving any sort of apology from staff, who were frankly dismissive about our questions regarding serving time. And I honestly am not one to generally care too much about quality of service. Food was very mediocre for the price, will not go back again.

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A Great Night Out
By Dinerette of City Centre, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

I went to Campagnolo this weekend at the suggestion of a friend. I found the interior to be modern and cozy with a nice ambience. We were met with a smiling face and were seated promptly. It was around 8pm and was filling up nicely. The service was quick and the waitress was quite knowledgable about the menu and made some nice wine suggestions (although I already knew what I wanted and it was great!). The food came in good time, and the pizza was good - nothing spectacular, but good. The Tagliarini pasta with pork was very good, but I agree the portion was a bit smaller than I expected. Having previously worked in an Italian restaurant I suppose I am used to larger portions! However, it was very tasty and left me wanting more. We took advantage of the back room, as the front room emptied later in the evening. The vibe was good at the back, and we enjoyed some more wine. The back bar is really nice, and lends a warm atmosphere to the small room. All in all, I would definitely go back and enjoy some great wine, and share food. I wouldn't go if I wanted huge portions, but thats not what this place is all about. One thing that would have been good is if there was a small fireplace in the back against the wall = I felt something against the stark wall would have given more actual warmth. Just a suggestion! But, a great addition to the 'up and coming' neighbourhood.

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Small portion for high price !!!!!
By Nightout of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Love the fact this is around the corner from where we leave and were looking forward to trying it. Last week we did and discover a very confused offering, Small portion of good food but at a heavy price.

Service was a waste of time, no recommendation when asked, no wine service, and after main course nobody anymore. So we stood up paid at the counter and went.

We stopped somewhere else for dessert to fill us up. Too bad a nice room nice idea.

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