Last night my parents came into town with two of their friends. My parents’ friends had heard good things about Campo and wanted to go their for dinner. Since the Owner Mark Estee had just spoke in my Personal Branding Class taught by Bret Simmons, I was eager to go there.
We proceeded to walk up to the counter where we were promptly greeted by a hostess. We gave her our name for our reservation and she promptly seated us at our prepared table. As we all get seated our waiter asked us if we wanted water or if we would like complimentary sparkling water. I love sparkling water and actually have Soda Stream at home for just that purpose, so of course I asked for the sparkling water. The waiter offered to bring us a pitcher of each. After he left we perused their extensive drink menu and agreed on a pitcher of the Sangria. Along with the Sangria our waiter also brought is a couple plates of Campo’s home-made focaccia bread. The Sangria came with lemon and lime slices floating in it which added a nice flavor to the drink. The bread was obviously fresh and tasty as well.
For the main course I ended up ordering the shrimp risotto which was firmer than most risotto that I have had, but delicious none the less. I managed to snag a bite of the gnocchi, roasted duck, and a slice of the fried polenta. The gnocci came with peas, ham, guanciale, and local queso fresco. The sauce was light and helped bring out the flavor, and the ham was delicious and I thought made the dish. The roasted duck was a bit tough but flavorful. I had never had fired polenta before, but I was presently surprised.
After the meal we tried to order my mother’s favorite dessert, bread pudding, which is supposed to be delicious at Campo. The waiter regretted to inform us however that is had recently been replaced with chocolate peanut butter mouse cake, so we ended up not getting any dessert.
Campo has a very relaxed atmosphere. Above all the tables are bare light bulbs. The tables are simply finished wood planks. All of the staff are in Campo logo t-shirts. The wine glasses are just glasses, no stems here. The music is subtle yet interesting. One piece of music I noticed was an accordion jazz song. During the summer the patio section is full of chairs, couches, and tables for people to enjoy the Truckee River during their meal.
The food and drinks
Campo offers a number of interesting starters such as the pickle plate and crispy pig parts. Campo also offers cheese and salumi plates, or if you can’t decide you can order the grand tasting. As with most Italian restaurants, Campo has a large selection of pizzas, pastas, and a number of different entrees. The many of the menu items are constantly rotating or as they put it at Campo “Of The Moment”. The dessert menu consists of a few cakes, ice creams, and a cheese plate.
The drink selection is quite extensive. The wine menu is two pages offering a number of wines by the glass, carafe, and bottle as well as sangria by the pitcher. Campo offers four different beers on draft as well as a number of other by the bottle and can. They also have an extensive cocktail menu with some quite exotic drinks.
The bottom line
Campo really caters to those who are really willing to explore with their pallet. A good portion of the menu rotates regularly and many of the items both on the food menu and drink menu are not you average Italian restaurant menu items. If you enjoy good food and drink but like a relaxed atmosphere then Campo is right for you. Please let me know how your experiences have been at Campo.