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Campagnile-Dry bread & wet nuts

violet beauregarde | Jul 19, 200501:31 PM

Last Monday night, I took my husband to Campagnile for his birthday. We were disappointed by the service and the food. The server was not interested in being there and we were really an inconvienence to her. We ASKED for drinks, we ASKED for tsome recommendations, we ASKED what might be sold out..it was like pulling teeth. And after that surgery, we ordered then because we had our suspicions that we might not see her again. We saw her twice the rest of the dinner. And she had the personality of one of those super bored Denny's employees on the night shift. So, about the food - we were so excited reading the menu..couldn't wait.
We shouldn't have been. My husband had the heart of palm salad and he said that it was as if dental floss was featured because of the lengthwise cuts of the hearts of palm. I had the squash flowers and it was lightly fried and served cold. And then we asked for bread, and it came and it was dry and not the yeasty, chewy, delicious bread we were dreaming of. Dry. It tasted dead. I had the duck (so-so) and H. had fish (so-so). Again, plates cold-ish and so was the food.
We were kind of laughing at this point and wondering why we hadn't gone to Sona or someplace like that. Because at this point, the meal was definitely a C+ kind of experience and for that kind of money ???
We ASK for the dessert menus and order coffee, cheese platter,dessert. The bus staff brought the coffee and proceeded to spill it all over the tablecloth (which by the way was not de-crumbed by anyone) It felt like we were at one of those banquets when the guy comes by with the two coffee pots and says "regular" or "decaf". The coffe was icky. The dessert shows up, again just so-so. I had the panna cotta and it was was just not that creamy and yummy. I had better almond jello the night before at gr/eats in west LA. H. had the cheese platter and the nuts were not crunchy, just sort of wet tasting. The cheeses were not AOC grade. And not a single stop by the server. We ate part of the food and then just asked for the check and got out of there. Our expectations were not met and for $150 ish dinner, we'll spend our money someplace else. Or maybe we should have had the Family Night Fried Chicken!?! ( p.s. the bathrooms had not been attended to and were disgusting - both men's and women's!! )

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