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Posted by bagels on 03/09/2010
The gruff service used to be overshadowed by huge portions of amazing food. Now that the food is medicore and the service just feels like a hustle. The host came over with big fanfare and imposed a shared antipasta on the table - it was enough for two but was served to four and priced for six! The cheap bread that was served with it didn't help. Some dishes are still outstanding (try their Veal Parm, a huge chop butterflied and given the treatment, very good) but overall I would spend the $ somewhere else unless you want the vibe.
Posted by Elaine & co on 02/01/2010
my family and i went to campagnola on friday and had AMAZING food recommended by our adorable & hilarious server. from the parmesean cheese & bread on the table through our wine, appetizers, salads, entrees, and the best napoleon i've ever had...it was a true culinary experience! we all loved it and cannot wait to go again. it is absolutely worth the $$!
Posted by Cheryl 2010 on 12/28/2009
We came into town on a busy holiday weekend evening. Took in a show and went to Canpagnola after the show. The city was packed; streets near the Theaters and Times Square were gridlocked, taxies at a dead standstill, people walking everywhere blocking the intersections. We were looking for a place away form the congestion and someone suggested Campagnola's. (Very happy to have been pointed in that direction.) It was away from the congestion and fabulous! We felt like family the minute we walked in. The food was terrific and the staff; especially the manger, "Frankie Dea" were all very good people. Places like this makes New York what it is; a place that holds my heart.
Posted by suzy m on 10/27/2009
Went there during holiday in NY on the recommendation of a friend. Very disappointing. Restaurant was freezing cold - asked waiter to reduce air con 5 times, third time they turned the fan down, then ten mins later turned the power up again. Food was very average, not worth the money. Service was again very average and whilst they apologised for the cold, they didn't offer to move our table, offer us coffee or even simpler just turn down the fan. Would not go back.
Posted by dontworryaboutit on 10/23/2009
Whoever said this restaurant is dissapointing is ridiculous!!! The food is amazing from start to finish! The service was very attentive...I am an italian from Brooklyn and I have been to all of the top places in nyc and I rate this right at the top!! dont listen to these people below, they are nuts!!! great great restaurant
Posted by FineDiner on 08/28/2009
After hearing great things about this restaurant my sister and I decided to give it a try. We dine frequently all over NYC and was excited to try this place. What a mistake. I'll start by describing my Mixed green salad. I couldve gotten a better salad at a diner. This salad looked like something thrown together from a salad bar, even included rotten leaves, and tasted even worse. I sent it back. My shrimp appetizer was ok, although i think one was raw. My main course had to be sent back as the sauce tasted like Ragu. The bread was good. My sister ordered a fruit plate for dessert. The portion was no bigger than something you get at a deli for 3x the price. I say save your money!
Posted by JMS on 01/22/2009
My BF and I went into Campagnola last night on a whim, without any knowledge of the hype built up around this place. I'm 100% Italian and have grown up spoiled in terms of italian food, so I guess I am a tough critic. This place has a very specific vibe, machismo Italian guys, either hamming it up, acting self-important, or gossiping in the isles, which I guess could be interesting as a novelty. I liked the cold antipasta that came to the table, but the bread was sub par. If you are going to give such good cheese, how can you give grocery store bought bread? And no olive oil either... The waiter mumbled through the specials, but somehow I managed to get the salmon cooked they way I wanted. It was decent. My bf had the puttanesca, which was average at best. I didn't care for the wine, which having only two red choices by the glass seems absurd for an italian place. My escarole was tough and tasted more like burnt garlic than anything. The tiramisu was average. The best thing I had was the cappucino, although if you like it steaming hot then you'll be disappointed. Then the bill came and WHOA! $130 for two and really, the food was just not that good.