You must have read my mind because I am considering this place to take out-of-town friends who actually want to eat on UES. This is a sister restaurant to Ecco in Tribeca, which I LOVE....hope someone can give us a report or even a clue. It is very pricey....if you go, PLEASE give us a report!
My wife and I went to Campagnola last month, and we loved it. I've been searching out places to have a surprise 80th birthday party for my mother at the end of July and have settled on Campagnola after dining there. The atmosphere was great, relaxed, neighborhood feel. Very warm welcome upon entering, were seated right away, and our waiter was the best, very entertaining.
For apps, my wife had figs and prosciutto and I had an antipasto of cheeses and salumi, both were very good.
For dinner, we chose from the night's specials. My wife had the leg of lamb and I had the ravioli with bolognese sauce, we both loved our dishes. I'm not big on lamb, but had a taste of it and it was delicious.
For desert we had the tiramisu, which was terrific. As far as being very expensive, I suppose it was on the high side, but we had two negronis before dinner, a bottle of Barolo with dinner, then we each finished with vin santo and espresso after dinner and before tip the check was $241. On my quest checking out Italian restaurants in Manhattan (I'm from CT), I've definately paid alot more than that. It most always boils down to what you have for cocktails, wine etc. I say go here and have a great time!