by Andrew Morrison | It’s the five year anniversary of Campagnolo Roma this week. Showing me around the almost finished eatery just a few days before opening were chef Ted Anderson and co-owners Tom Doughty and Robert Belcham. A couple of months previously, Scout had broken the good news of the Hastings-Sunrise restaurant’s coming thus:
Tom Doughty and chef Rob Belcham of Refuel and Campagnolo took possession of 2297 East Hastings this afternoon. The pair aim to open a new restaurant in its place called Campagnolo Roma. It will be based on the original Campagnolo concept and brand, only the fare will be more regionally specific to the Eternal City of Rome (expect a battery of flatbreads, real deal Amatricianas and Carbonaras, et cetera). The 35 seat space – plus another 8 on the patio – will replace the now defunct Caribbean Hot Pizza Express (no loss there) and is directly opposite Red Wagon. It will go under the reno knife immediately, and will open in May at the earliest. Ted Anderson (currently at Refuel) will be the opening chef.
It’s been a strong run to date, and I can attest (from regular, over-indulgent experience as I live close by) that the restaurant is still going very strong, knocking out killer pizzas, pastas, and more with chef Jesse McMillan at the helm. Here’s to another five, Camp!