Today's post comes from Food and the City contributor Jennifer F of Charlotte, NC!
In and around Charlotte, NC? You need to check out Campania Cafe & Trattoria - an authentic Italian restaurant that features a fresh take on Italian classics.
Featuring everything from innovative salads, specialty entrees (low carb options included!), and desserts from the chef's own family recipes, Campania gives Italian cuisine a refreshing new reputation.
The owner/executive chef Vincent DiGiorgio is a first generation Italian American raised in Elizabeth, NJ. Vincent, a dual citizen of both the US and Italy who was trained in both New York City as well as in Italy, blends both Italian heritage and American favorites into his culinary creations.
Head to Campania (named after the region of southern Italy that Vincent's family originates) if you want to enjoy food that is nothing short of art - every dish is charismatically put together with the tradition of Italy and a showcase of flavors in mind.
- Poached pear stuffed with lemon marscarpone cream, topped with blood orange sauce and raspberries
- Lobster Napoleon: puff pastry filled with sautéed lobster tail, roasted Roma tomatoes, and citrus glaze.
- Pesce del Giorno (Ahi tuna alla Griglia): grilled ahi tuna topped with fresh peach, strawberry, and tomato salsa topped with balsamic reduction.
- Cuora Romana: Grilled romaine heart (it tastes like steak!) topped with Gorgonzola, caramelized pancetta, red onions, cherry tomatoes, lemon vinaigrette, and drizzled with balsamic reduction
I would rate this restaurant overall as a 9/10. The level of creativity that goes into the meals alone is reason enough to come back again and again! The atmosphere is fantastic, as the restaurant is in a historic building in downtown Davidson, NC that used to function as an ice house. The owner did a fantastic job of keeping the history of the building alive with tributes of the original ice house on the walls (original photos, ice picks), and keeping the ceiling's pulley system (used to transfer the massive ice blocks) intact. Campania has done a wonderful job of blending history and tradition with modern flair (both in the atmosphere and menu).
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