Nearly a year ago we broke the news that Chow restaurant on South Granville was closing. It was a beautiful space, so I was very sad to see it go. What was especially disappointing what this its greatest asset – owner/chef Jean-Christophe Poirier – followed up the closure by leaving the country for South America. I assumed we wouldn’t be seeing him again for quite some time, if ever, but I’m glad to report that he’s back in town and taking the chef de cuisine reins at Main Street’s Campagnolo. We’ve seen advance copy of the press release that will announce his arrival tomorrow. Read it and rejoice after the leap… Read more
News from Scout supporter Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | As Olympic fever builds in Vancouver, Whistler and across Canada, Campagnolo Restaurant announces its medal-inspired pizza features, which are bound to ignite Olympic spirit with every bite. Throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Campagnolo’s wine bar will show sporting events on its big-screen TV. If a guest has ordered one of the pizza specials and a Canadian athlete wins a gold, silver or bronze medal (while the guest is in the restaurant) in any sport that matches the namesake pizza that the guest ordered, that guest’s meal is on the house. Read more
News from Scout supporter Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo, Main Street’s casual Italian eatery, celebrates Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky throughout the month of November with three inspired cocktails created by bar manager Giovanni Giardino. True to Campagnolo’s roots, each cocktail is made with an Italian ingredient—or an Italian twist. Read more
News From Scout Supporter Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC – The search is over. Lower Main has a hot new weekend brunch spot. Campagnolo Restaurant, opened by award-winning Fuel Restaurant team Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham and Tim Pittman, debuts its Italian-inspired brunch menu on Saturday, June 20th. Read more
News From Scout Supporter Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC – Campagnolo kicks summer off on a fresh note thanks to Wednesday-night market features, inspired by nearby Thornton Park farmers’ market. Every Wednesday, Chef Alvin Pillay walks to the market and selects the finest regional and local ingredients available (think rhubarb, peas, asparagus, tomatoes, stinging nettles, corn & strawberries) then returns to the Italian eatery to craft the evening’s unique menu. Read more
Some excellent news has just landed in our PR mailbox: Main Street’s new Campagnolo is now open for lunch. Direct from the press release…
The search is over. Lower Main now has a great lunch spot. Campagnolo Restaurant, newly-opened by award-winning Fuel Restaurant team Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham and Tim Pittman, debuts its lunch menu.
“There really isn’t another top notch spot to go for lunch in the area,” says owner Tom Doughty. “We’re excited to offer the neighbourhood’s residents and people who work, or just come to play in the area, something fresh and satisfying. Italian-style.”
Campagnolo’s warm and inviting open-seat dining room and wine bar make it the right choice for pretty much anyone looking for lunch. Singles can cozy up to the bar—just as friendly as Fuel’s—and groups of any size fit comfortably in the buzzing dining room. Quick, casual and comfortable, Campagnolo works for everyone: from business lunches and ladies who lunch, to friends catching up.
The menu reflects Executive Chef Robert Belcham and Chef de Cuisine Alvin Pillay’s commitment to using only the finest ingredients in simple, authentic dishes inspired by the Piedmont and Emiglia-Romagna regions of Italy. Dishes include Borlotti & Smoked Ham Hock Soup, Pork Ragu Tagliarani, and a selection of open faced Italian sandwiches (see full menu below). “We want to stick to what we’re really good at, and the focus on simple but fine Italian food,” says Belcham. “The lunch menu is a reflection of that.”
Campagnolo buzzes with activity and laughter. Though spacious and open, the atmosphere is warm and intimate in the 65-seat open dining room and beautiful, 25-seat wine bar. Campagnolo serves affordable, casual Italian dining in a warm and welcoming space. Campagnolo is open for lunch seven days a week from 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner nightly from 5pm. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis, and reservations are available only for parties of eight or more. Campagnolo is located at 1020 Main Street, Vancouver BC. For more information please call 604.484.6018 or visit: www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
Marinated Olives spiced hazelnuts, orange -5
Crispy Ceci peperoncini, mint, citrus -8
Octopus Salad roasted peppers, cucumber, lemon -10
Carne Cruda grana padano, celery, pepe nero -8
Seared Albacore Tuna salt roasted onions, treviso, chives -12
Borlotti & Smoked Ham Hock Soup soffritto, parsley -8
Heirloom Beet & Arugula Salad ricotta salata -9
‘”The Cure” Salumi
Coppa di Testa -7
Paté di Campagna -9
Tagliarini pork ragú, basil, pecorino -15
Penne zucca, ricotta, white bean, chili -13
Carnaroli Risotto globe artichoke, tesa, marjoram -16
Fiordilatte roasted tomato, spinach, basil -11
Porchetta cipolle, farmer’s cheese, fennel -12
Tuna Conserva black olive, celery, romaine, garlic chips -13
Panna Cotta vanilla, citrus, hazelnut -7.5
Olive Oil Cake spice roasted pears, cinnamon crema -7.5
Nutella Tart chocolate & frangelico -7.5
Formaggi house selection of three Italian cheeses -9
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I met our web designer at Campagnolo tonight, ostensibly to discuss plans for the second beta version of Scout (due next Monday) but really just to check the much anticipated casual Italian restaurant out on their first night. Campagnolo (Italian slang for “country bumpkin”) is the second restaurant from Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham, and Tim Pittman. Fuel on West 4th was their first.
The bar wasn’t even finished when I walked in at a little after 6pm, but by the time I was done my main it was all done and looking super swank. The whole package has a very modern and elegant feel to it, but it gels better than I thought it would with the gritty block on which it’s located. It’s still not fully complete, as they’re expecting a wall divider and some new wallpaper within the next little bit. Dinner was made doubly superb by the fact that it was dirt cheap.
Curious as to what it looked like while under construction? Click here for a short film.
1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1 | MAP
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Campagnolo is open seven days a week serving dinner starting at 5pm and lunch from 11:30am – 2:30pm with brunch offered on the weekends. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis with reservations only taken for parties of eight or more dining with one of Campagnolo’s alla famiglia group menus.
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Chef de Cuisine | Nathan Lowey
Restaurant Manager | Colin Turley
Bar Manager | Peter Van de Reep
Director of Operations & Proprietor | Tim Pittman
Proprietor | Robert Belcham
Proprietor | Tom Doughty
Campagnolo serves rustic Italian dishes inspired by the Piedmont and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy, and made with integrity from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The dining room buzzes with engaging energy while the wine lounge offers a cozy and intimate haven. Campagnolo was named one of the hottest new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and is consistently recognized at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Located only five minutes from Rogers Arena, Campagnolo is just steps from major corridors into Vancouver’s downtown core.
“Campagnolo, to me, is the perfect neighbourhood restaurant.” – Mia Stainsby, The Vancouver Sun
2009 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards – Chef of the Year, Robert Belcham
“An ego-free chef who’s making some of the best food this city has seen.” - Vancouver Magazine
2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards – Best New Restaurant, Gold
“Affordably chic, with a slightly hipsterish vibe, a farmers’ market almost on its doorstep, and a neighbourhood pricing philosophy.” – Vancouver Magazine
2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards – Design of the Year, Silver
“Marc Bricault’s skill as a bricoleur (basically, one who uses materials at hand) works a quirky magic while never veering into kitsch.” – Vancouver Magazine