The restaurant that I can’t stop telling people to go to lately is Campagnolo at Dundas and Euclid. I went a few weeks ago with a good friend of mine and to this day cannot stop thinking about the whole experience, the wine and the delicious food we feasted on that night.
I love the corner location of this place and the grey brick on the exterior gives the restaurant a modern look. The layout of the restaurant itself is very simple. I love that as soon as you walk in you get a great view of the open kitchen, no matter where you are sitting you can see whats going on and the chefs cooking.
The service was amazing right off the bat and I loved the little rosemary tree centerpieces on each table. We were seated and ordered a super tasty bottle of wine from Stratus Winery in Niagara, 2007 Tollgate Red. The menu looked fantastic and I wanted to order everything! We finally decided on a few dishes to share and then it started – one of the best gastronomical taste bud adventures I have had in a long time!
We started with the 60 day aged beef tartar with truffle sauce. I have no words to describe to you how amazing this dish was. As soon as we were done sharing it, I wanted to order like 5 more – for serious! It was so fresh and flavourful and the truffle sauce = to die for!
Then out came the local burrata cheese with roasted grapes and toast. This was melt in your mouth fresh cheese drizzled with a fantastic olive oil. The sweetness of the roasted grapes created such a great balance of texture and taste. YUM!
We shared the bone marrow with braised oxtail and peach marmalade. LOVED the presentation of this! The combination of the savoury oxtail with the creaminess of the bone marrow and the sweetness of the marmalade just went so well together. I didn’t really like the bone marrow on it’s own.
The last dish we shared was the pappardelle with rabbit ragu. This is a dish I hands down always order at an Italian restaurant. I have a thing for homemade pappardelle and braised meat together – its harmonious really.
The only thing I would have to complain about is towards the end of our night as we were finishing up and thinking about ordering dessert our server was no where to be found. She was amazing throughout most of the night and then all of a sudden she was MIA. We ended up talking to a different server all together to order espresso and ask for the bill. It was just disappointing and it took away from the whole personal experience that was created when we first arrived. I left feeling 100% blown away by the amazing food but with the lack of attention showed to us at the end of our meal had a bad taste in my mouth walking out the door.
Despite the final experience I would go back in a second based on the atmosphere and incredible food!! Like wo! The menu is updated daily which means you can always look forward to trying something new each time you dine at Campagnolo. Enjoy!