The boyfriend and I have cut down on eating out drastically to save up for our upcoming trip next year. These days, we find ourselves extremely selective on where to go eat and have fun without breaking the bank. As many of you readers know, the boyfriend loves his carbs – especially anything relating to bread and pasta 😛 I like to cater to his preferences most of the time since I enjoy any kind of cuisine, really. Over the last few years, we have visited many popular Italian restaurants already like Cioppino’s, Savio Volpe, Ask for Luigi, Italian Kitchen, and Trattoria . With so many decent Italian options in the city, I guess you’re bound to find something in every neighbourhood worth checking out! A few of my friends have raved about Campagnolo Roma, sister restaurant to Campagnolo . Both restaurants feature a casual approach to rustic Italian dishes made with seasonal ingredients featuring classic antipasti, pastas, and pizza. Another bonus is that all breads, pasta and pasty are made from scratch!
The menu here is simple and straightforward, but provide a lot of options too. Both restaurants offer a changing seasonal menu featuring daily specials highlighting the best available local produce harvested at their prime. Campagnolo Roma is located in East Vancouver within proximity to Mr. Red Cafe and Tacifino. The area around is pretty much residential so we had a hard time finding parking. There are a few parking spots right in front of the restaurant, but you’ll have to try your luck -especially during evening service! Reservations were made in advance and they were able to accommodate our request for seating right by the window. The space here is modest, but I would definitely recommend making reservations in advance as it quickly fills up!
Started our evening with some drinks.. I got a “mocktail” and boyfriend got a beer. We forgot what we ordered 😛 But my drink contained some sort of berry (cranberry?) and carbonated soda. It was quite refreshing!
Sourdough and Butter ($6) This was ordered off of their daily special menu board. It had a beautiful golden brown crust and soft chewy texture. It screams with that pungent sourdough taste which boyfriend happily munched on while we waited for our salad and entrée.
UBC Farms Kale Caesar ($14) As mentioned before, the restaurant tries to source their ingredients as locally as possible – the kale salad was more than enough for the two of us to share. The taste was quite similar to Savio Volpe’s take on kale salad, just with creamier dressing and more pecorino/parmesan cheese.
Tagliatelle All’ Amatriciana ($19) pork belly, tomato sauce, and chili. All’ Amatrinciana is a traditional pasta sauace based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese, and tomato. The consistency of the sauce is much thicker than your regular red sauce coated the tagliatelle well. For some reason, we had anticipated this dish to be spicy, but was quite surprised by how mild the tomato sauce tasted. The saltiness of the pork jowl added flavour and depth to the savoury pasta sauce. I wish we had more protein in this dish! Overall, we quite enjoyed this dish!
Both boyfriend and I really enjoyed our experience here at Campagnolo Roma. Service was great- glasses were filled promptly, and we never felt rushed to leave. It’s definitely an ideal spot for meeting friends over a glass or wine or leisurely meal.
2297 E. Hastings St.