The past few days have been cold – well, cold by Vancouver’s standards, meaning the temperatures dipped just below zero, and I could think of no better way to warm up than with dinner with some of my favourite people at Campagnolo, a little Italian restaurant just on the outskirts of the downtown core. To start, I had the octopus salad: warm, perfectly cooked octopus sitting atop crisp romaine, with artichoke hearts, grapefruit, fennel, and a well-balanced vinaigrette. Then I had the tagliatelle with a pork ragu a little on the salty side, but balanced adeptly by the slight tang of the pecorino romano. And I just could not resist a bellini. Others had the tonarelli with albacore tuna conserva, the squash cannelloni, and the rigatoni with truffle sausage. Everything was so simple, but tasted wonderfully, no doubt aided by the use of really good, fresh ingredients. I just love the texture of fresh pasta cooked to a pefect al dente. I definitely recommend Campagnolo. Be prepared to wait for a table, but I promise you, it will be well worth the wait.
1020 Main Street