Written by Samantha Millar
There’s really no better thing than having good friends that understand you and your basic needs. So when Nicki revealed that my birthday gift from her would comprise of dinner at Campagnolo, she really hit the nail on the head. Since opening, the Dundas West gem has garnered nothing but praise for their down to earth, ‘Nonna’ style menu. The day leading up to dinner seemed to drag forever and by the time 8.30pm rolled around, I was bursting at the seams and more than ready to order everything on offer.
I will allow the experience of the food to speak for itself in the vlog footage. The food was excellent, as we expected. But there was so much more that contributed to the overall vibe of the room and it all started with the boys at the stove. The small, open kitchen provides ample entertainment to the whole room but as we were sat at the kitchen stools, we were able to appreciate the show on a whole other level.
Chef Craig Harding was front and centre, confidently leading the team as plates made their journey from the pan to the pass. He warmly greeted us on arrival, offered his suggestions from the menu and even stopped to make sure our wine glasses were adequately topped up. All this, while fiddling with the playlist, talking reservations with the hostess and making his rounds through the dining room to get his schmooze on with his guests.
When he did stray away from his post, the rest of the kitchen team were approachable and chatty and answered any number of questions we threw at them. There was a unity and a friendship that was tangible and it oozed on to every plate, each dish finished with care and precision.
Yes, this was the foodie experience that we had both been looking forward to. But Chef Harding and his team know how to make a night out for dinner, something a little bit more special. And that’s cool.
Campagnolo is located at 832 Dundas Street West, on the North East corner of Euclid.