Is it worth going to Campanile now?
I worry about apathetic service and a menu built around emptying the pantry. On the other hand, I've never been. What does everybody think?
Well, I haven't been in ages but each time I did it was for business lunches or dinners and I always found it just meh. Not very imaginative, kind of bland. Consistent, solid, but I never remembered any dish once I left the place. So if you've never been and there's no nostalgia factor, I'd say skip it.
Yeah, I was also wondering whether to go especially after that JGold write up. But in years past, when I went the prices were high and the food just wasn't that great (c. 1999 to about 2002).
Though maybe I'll give it a try for the happy hour eats which is not exactly cheap is it expensive. $7 drinks and $7 for each of a short list of tiny plates.
At this point the setting is the best part at Campanile. A long time favorite of mine, I think the restaurant has seen its day and the only reason to go now is to say good-bye to an LA icon that managed to stay around in a city where restaurants tend to fizzle out like tornadoes. JG made sure to highlight the demise of this one.
The good news is that the bakery is finding a new space on La Brea and I can still have my favorite tuna melt along with some of my long time favorite people behind the counters.
For people who were long-time fans, Campanile nowadays is like slipping on a pair of well-made, old broken-in loafers that you find in the back of the closet. Still comfy after all these years, but certainly a bit dated, and showing its age around the creases and stitching.
If you were never a fan, you'll wonder why you bought those loafers in the first place, and why it wasn't given to the Salvation Army years ago.