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Dinner at Campanile

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Kit H. Jul 14, 2001 10:08 PM

I thought I had eaten at Campanile before, but apparently not because I didn't recognize the interior. As I understand it, there are two menus: one for the front, more casual room, and one for the more formal room in the rear. We sat in the rear. Our waiter was friendly, but not overly so, knowledgeable and efficient. This restaurant is in an old building once used by Charlie Chaplin...perhaps as a screening area?

We shared a squid salad with a vinaigrette dressing and assorted greens and squash blossoms stuffed with cheese which were heavenly.

The soft shell crabs, lightly sauteed, were offered as an appetizer but they were able to increase the order and serve them as an entree.

Another of our party had the porterhouse steak grilled over a wood burning fire and it was excellent.

The grilled tuna was good, but is not one of my favorites. I prefer tuna raw in sashimi or sushi.

The baby lamb had a lovely wine sauce and was cooked to perfection...nice and pink and tender as could be.
The side of wild spinach cooked with garlic and barely stir fried was a delight.

For dessert we shared a luscious apricot tart with almond paste and sliced toasted almonds on top, a blueberry tart (just OK in my opinion) and a sundae whose ingredients I can't remember and a fabulous chocolate sherbet that tasted almost like a mousse.

The pinot noir we had with dinner was also good and not exhorbinately priced.

It was a very good meal and I would not hesitate to return any time.