If you haven’t heard of Campagnolo, you soon will. That is the power of passion. Campagnolo occupies 980 Piedmont Avenue, a haunted address where many restaurants have struggled and failed, but since its recent opening, the restaurant is packed, fitting in perfectly with its passionate neighbors Randy Addison of Helmet Hairworx and the unforgettable landmark that is Outwrite.
But where does all this heart come from you may ask? The owner Maureen Kalmanson started her destined restaurant career at the young age of fifteen, contributes fervently to LGBT charities, and instills the humble gracious philosophy of The PEASANT GROUP. Their commitment is to the guest experience and they strive to grow and evolve with you, not just to establish a clientele, but as a community. Are you that surprised? That Piedmont block is notorious for bringing our community together.
So it is no wonder that executive Daniel Chance quickly jumped on board, a chef who allows you to literally taste the love in his food. Every item on the menu is made from scratch and simply irresistible. His motto when it comes to food is the transforming power of simplicity and reinterpreting staple classics into spectacular flavors through pioneering processes and unorthodox combinations of basic essentials.
Don’t believe me? We Midtowners love our Sunday G-Spot. Stop by Campagnolo and you’ll instantly find yourself seduced by their casual elegance in executing classic Italian with an edgy sexy twist. Fall in love with their distinct style of French Toast that incorporates the freshness of lemon zest in their sweet lemon ricotta cheese, drizzled with fresh-berry sauce, and topped with decadent real maple syrup. Even ingredients like brussel sprouts that we often stay away from sound like a mental orgasm when brussel sprouts are placed in Panini form accompanied with the sharp bite and tangy creaminess of spicy anchovy aioli, accented by sweet and nutty Fontina cheese, and crumbled, crispy Italian prosciutto bits.
If just the brunch menu descriptions makes your mouth wet . . . among other places, wait until you see their lunch and dinner menu. The only item that is not clearly described on their menu is their daily specials. You gotta keep a little mystery of course. But I’ll give you a little hint: sometimes it’s fresh and melt-in-your mouth risotto, and sometimes it’s authentic Italian Arancinis. Guess you’ll have to stop in yourself and report back.
980 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309
Sam Gabel is a food columnist for Atlanta-Restaurants.Org and a writer of short-stories (Alyson Publishing’s Ultimate Gay Erotica 2009). For the full review on Campagnolo visit Atlanta-Restaurants.Org.