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Campo: Nice new Italian restaurant in Reno.

SteveTimko | Nov 21, 201109:56 PM

Campo is a new upscale Italian restaurant that opened in downtown Reno across Sierra Street from the theater. You enter from a door facing the Truckee River.
It’s a tad on the expensive side but the quality is good. It’s not a place where I can afford to eat regularly.
Reading the web site I see that they make their own cured meats, or salumi. So I definitely had to try that. They also make their own olives so that was another must. I had trouble deciding between the pizza and the pasta but I decided to try the pizza.
The salumi and the olives were both excellent. The best cured meats I’ve had were in Vancouver and Montreal. The Seattle-based Salumi Cured Meats is also very good. The cured meats at Campo isn’t up to those levels, but they’re quite good and I’ll definitely get them the again. My favorite was the salami. There was one that some kind of poultry – I think chicken but maybe turkey – that wasn’t that interesting. They also give you a taste of the pig in the pot, which is some kind of pork dish. It was also good. The olives were quite tasty.
The flatbread pizza was good, but not distinctive. The crust was nice. Good flavors and properly cooked. I wanted more sauce, cheese and toppings. The meat in the toppings seemed a little salty, too.
They make their own gelato, too. I got three small scoops of pistachio, chocolate and vanilla. The vanilla was bland. The other two weren’t especially good. Maybe I’m spoiled by the gelato at Bijou’s. The gelato is the only thing I tried I wouldn’t get again.
There’s good news and bad news with the wine. The good news is that they have one of the better wine lists I’ve seen in Reno. They have good selections by the glass, too. The wine selection has a strong Italy influence. The bad news is that if you order wine by the glass or a bottle off the standard menu, they serve the wine in a tumbler, the same as your water glass. You only get a wine glass if you order something off the reserve wine list. When I asked about it the waiter offered to get a wine glass. I don’t think this is going to go well with the wine geeks. If they spend $60 for a Giacosa arneis I think they’re going to want a delicate glass with stems, not a tumbler. I’m not one of those people who feel my Romanee-Conti Montrachet was ruined because I drank it from a Reidel Chianti glass instead of a Reidel Vinum Montrachet glass. I like a bowl in the glass to help get the aromas of the wine, and you don’t get that with a tumbler. I’m guessing Campo will eventually realize the mistake of this policy, especially when they can’t sell bottles of wine, and they’ll spring for wine glasses. It also doesn’t do much to fight the reputation that Reno is a little bit of a cultural backwater.
I’m definitely going back to Campo’s for the salumi and olives. I’d like to explore the other things on the menu, when my wallet says I can afford it.

50 N Sierra St
Reno, NV 89501
(775) 737-9555

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