After giveing this restaurant a number of chances, I have to say that it is overprices, mediocre food. The 1st time I went the food was barely ok, had the veal shortribs and mashed pots, w/ spinach, and friend had a liver dish, the liver was inedible but the short ribs were barely ok, but at 26 bucks, it was stingy in portion size and not what i expected out of the highly-esteemed well-regarded Zagat and Chowhound fave. also, dessert was nothing special had the chocolate pudding w/ cookies and a choc tart, but it was barely ok, just a very regular pudding along w/ very average oreos, the pudding of which Jell-O choc instant mix could have definitely competed w/ and the oreos just like a store bought bag of Oreos just only difference was they were threee times smaller in size. I decided to give it a try again a couple months later, figuring it was a off-night (and the majority of hounds keep raving about the place). once again it disappointed and the famous Kansas City steak w/ fried pots and spinach disappointed beyond compare, the steak was very tough, and nothing special. desserts once again were very pedestrian. and i forgot to mention that the atmosphere is very cold instead of warm with price-gouging left and right, where they give you the evil eye if you attempt to ask for some good ol' california tap water. Then fast forward a couple years later, decided to try Campanile for lunch, maybe they can do a good lunch (also after hearing gold mention the burger here as the greatest in town, greater even than our LA-quintessential fast-food double-chili-cheese burgers). so tried the burger w/ grafton cheese and fries, both the burger and fries were less than mediocre at best and my friends's turkey confit sandich w/ avocado was very average, even worse than a chain sanwich shop's turkey sandwich. first of all, this is supposed to be campanile so you're expecting good things but the sandwiches and burgers were below average (nothing exciting or even satisfying going on in the flavor department, or anything new going on and the ingredients didn't even seem that great, and don't get me wrong i appreiciate food served simply in the chez-panizee let the ingredients do the talking vein, but this wasn't good food). also, to add to the mediocrity of this experience, the burger was about 17 bucks and the turkey sand about 14 bucks. dessert was very bad, a chocolate tart described on the menu came out as brownie in the shape of a tart w/ a slight puddle of choc. sauce. defintely not good stuff. if i wanted to buy an avg. brownie i could get a pretty good one from the corner bakery for all of at most two bucks. but 7 bucks for this dessert, not good at all.
so i've given up on campanile, i don't understand it and never will, it's just not worth it anymore. i do like haute-restaurants and interesting cooking though, i've enjoyed golden truffle, cafe blanc, mako, pastina, angelini osteria, tzapola grill, mori sushi, aoc, gorgio baldi, the grill on the alley, spago, angeli cafe, etc. to name a few of the places. campanile, after numerous visits, is truly mediocre and otrageously expensive for the mediocre quality of ingredients, cooking, skill, taste, and service at work. just my ultimate view on the matter.
who agrees, who doesn't?
thanks. for listening.