Field Trip #583: How To Confit A Pig’s Head With Robert Belcham

by Andrew Morrison | Refuel’s annual Whole Hog supper is on the immediate horizon (this Wed, Oct 27th), so I  popped in to the upstairs kitchen of sister restaurant Campagnolo yesterday to witness chef/co-owner Robert Belcham do the most vital work in his preparations. The task at hand was the main course for the nose-to-tail dinner. It sees a pig’s head centerpiece, from which many distinct nibblies are sourced. To supply the supper’s three seatings, Belcham needs to ready/confit 15 “heritage breed” Berkshire pig heads from Vancouver Island’s Sloping Hill farm, arguably the best pork supplier in the country. Read more

Main St.’s Campagnolo Hosting “A Slow Taste of Italy” Lunch

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

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Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, October 16, 2010, Campagnolo Restaurant will host a family style luncheon in collaboration with Welcome Books and Slow Food Vancouver in participation of a “Slow Taste of Italy”; a week long North American event where restaurants from New York to Vancouver, host events celebrating slow, local, sustainable food and Jessica Theroux’s brilliant culinary pilgrimage documented in her book, “Cooking with Italian Grandmothers”.

Chef JC Poirier will prepare traditional Italian dishes inspired by recipes from the book, “Cooking with Italian Grandmother’s” along with select restaurant specialties, served on platters to be passed around and shared with fellow diners. Reservations are priced at $98 per person or $148* per couple and include one copy of Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, wine and gratuity. Partial proceeds from this event will assist Slow Food Vancouver delegates attend Terra Madre 2010. Details after the jump… Read more

Campagnolo’s “Nonna’s House” Dinners Resume On Main Street

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1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca | 1944 West 4th | 604-288-7905 | refuelrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Just like Dinner at Nonna’s House, a series of home-style Italian meals offered every Tuesday night at 6:00pm for $19 paired with a pint of R&B Brewing Company’s finest, returns to Campagnolo Restaurant, starting October 5 and ending November 9, 2010. Every Tuesday night Main Street diners can look forward to a hearty meal that is guaranteed to warm bellies and hearts, made from quality seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors for an affordable price. Past favorites include marinated and roasted Polderside Farms chicken, braised Quebec veal breast and roasted leg of Fraser Valley lamb all served with seasonal accompaniments. Details after the jump… Read more

Stoney Paradise Tomato Season Begins At Campagnolo On Main…

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

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Vancouver, BC | During the month of August, Campagnolo Restaurant will celebrate tomato season with an ever changing three course prix fixe menu for $40.00 that showcases tomatoes in every bite until the season ends. Chef de Cuisine JC Poirier will create his menu using tomatoes exclusively from Stoney Paradise Farm and will include artisinal and heirloom tomato varieties such as sun-gold, green zebra and yellow taxicab. The menu will consist of antipasti, main course and dessert all celebrating Stoney Paradise Farm tomatoes. Guests can also indulge in tomato cocktails designed by Barman Giovanni Giardino throughout the month of August. A sampling of tomato dishes to look forward to after the jump… Read more

Campagnolo Unveils “Just Like Dinner At Nonna’s House” Series

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Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Just like Dinner at Nonna’s House, a series of home-style Italian meals offered every Tuesday night at 6:00pm for $19 paired with a pint of R&B Brewing Company’s finest, returns to Campagnolo Restaurant, starting June 15th and ending July 20th. Every Tuesday night Main Street diners can look forward to a hearty meal made from quality seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors for an affordable price. See what’s on offer after the jump… Read more

Mother’s Day Brunch Italian Style at Main St.’s Campagnolo

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Campagnolo Restaurant | 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo is taking reservations for one day only, and just for mom. Book your table for this Sunday, May 9th between 11:30am – 2:30pm and mamma will receive a special treat. Call 604-484-6018 to reserve. Read more

JC Poirier Back In Vancouver, To Helm Kitchen At Campagnolo…

3291425156_2326050496_oNearly 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

Medal Wins Mean Free Pizzas At Main’s Campagnolo Restaurant

November 18, 2009 

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Campagnolo Restaurant | 1020 Main St, Vancouver | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

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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

Campagnolo Barkeep Giardino Letting Loose With Glenfiddich

October 30, 2009 

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1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

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

Lower Main Street To Score A New Brunch Spot In Campagnolo

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For Immediate Release - June 18th, 2009 | Campagnolo Debuts Weekend Brunch Menu

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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

Campagnolo Showcasing BC Fare With Rustic Italian Flair

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Weekly Features Inspired by Thorton Park Farmers' Market

News From Scout Supporter Campagnolo

1681Vancouver, 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

Campagnolo Gets Delicious In The Daytime

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…

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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

Campagnolo Lunch

Antipasti

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
Prosciutto -10
Guanciale -8
Paté di Campagna -9

Primi

Tagliarini pork ragú, basil, pecorino -15
Penne zucca, ricotta, white bean, chili -13
Carnaroli Risotto globe artichoke, tesa, marjoram -16

Piadine

Fiordilatte roasted tomato, spinach, basil -11
Porchetta cipolle, farmer’s cheese, fennel -12
Tuna Conserva black olive, celery, romaine, garlic chips -13

Dolci

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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Campagnolo’s First Night

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.

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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.

First Look At Campagnolo

Paid a visit to Campagnolo last night. The new Italian casual at 1022 Main (two doors down from the Ivanhoe) is coming from Robert Belcham, Tom Doughty, and Tim Pittman of West 4th’s Fuel Restaurant. Much had been done since I last looked in on the space this past September. They say they’ll be ready open on the down low some time next week. Soft launch, as they say. UPDATE: It’s open! Check it out below.

The front half of the restaurant seats 65, 25 of which are along a wall banquette. The floors are cork, and the tables are Ikea cutting boards well oiled and trimmed. They scored Lumiere’s wine fridge when they went under the redesign knife last spring, and have four washrooms in four colours (for those counting at home).

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