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Campanile Review

jcwla | Jun 21, 2006 02:49 PM

Went with two friends last night, they wanted to go back to Campanile.

As usual, I arrived first, so after passing a large table of nuns and a priest in the front room, I started with a glass of rose'. Lots of places you can't get it by the glass but Campanile had three choices, I went with the youngest and it was nice and dry.

We decided to split a couple appetizers. A good slice of buttered bread while we waited, then the Bibb lettuce salad, so pretty with chervil and green goddess dressing but we all remembered it as bigger the last time. Still, this was one of our favorites.

We also split the beet salad with burrata. This one had a kick to it -- I think it may have had a bit of horseradish in it. We liked it, but it's definitely not your standard bland beet salad.

For my entree, I had the grilled Copper River salmon. The waiter suggested medium rare, but I asked for it medium. Many places -- such as Michael's -- seriously undercook salmon. Others -- when you asked for it more done than they suggest -- view this as an opportunity to burn it to teach you a lesson. Mine was cooked perfectly and was delicious with sweet corn succotash, fava beans, and green goddess dressing.

I tasted my friends' entrees: one had the risotto cake, which was good but a taste was enough for me. The other had the grilled flatiron steak, and it was very good -- she does not frequently eat her entire entree but we looked down and we had all cleaned our plates. The food was that good.

We split a couple sides -- summer squash with goat cheese -- nice now that it's in season -- and roasted cauliflower with greek yogurt -- unusual but good.

For dessert, we split two items: the "carnival" doughnuts with vanilla ice cream and huckleberry compote, and the blueberry tart with lemon curd. These were heavenly. Absolute melt in your mouth.

Service was helpful without being intrusive, just really professional. With my glass of wine and two Diet Cokes, the bill came to $199 before tip. I know this place has some detractors, but we were again really impressed by the food. The decor is elegant and the overall experience is first-rate.

I would recommend it without hesitation.

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