I've noticed a mounting anti-Campanile backlash on here, especially after it won this year's James Beard Award for the best restaurant in America over seven-years old. (I guess we could say "No Good Awardee Goes Untrashed.) Anyway, the negativity comes from three areas. 1. Too expensive. 2. Bad or snotty service. 3. Portions too small. I'll take them in reverse order.
Portions--I haven't noticed this myself, but if they are for some, they're probably doing you a favor.
Bad service--In the fifty or so times I've eaten there since it's opened, I've experienced this maybe a couple of times. Just ate there last night at one of the bar tables and the woman bar tender who served us was totally great. Almost down home.
Too expensive--Well, sure, but what first-class restaurant isn't? That goes with the territory these day, unfortunately. Campanile's a lot cheaper though than similar upscale joints in NY and SF and as for Western Europe, well, forget it.
So, in sum, be grateful for what you got-- Campanile and the Lakers. Their prices are out of sight too!
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