June 9, 2012


Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar is now open in the gayborhood of Midtown Atlanta. The stunning interior space would certainly meet Thom Filicia's approval. The space has a peaceful ambiance which sets the stage for a relaxed meal, and once you step inside you feel a contemporary Italian world away from the busy intersection nearby--which is quite an accomplishment. Outdoor seating is available, but why on a hot summer's eve you'd opt for a table near the road over the air conditioned environment indoors is beyond my understanding.

"Campagnolo" is Italian for Peasant, and this restaurant is the sister to Peasant Bistro. Once you know that, the name makes sense though it is a mouthful and our server admitted that it took him a month to perfect the pronunciation. I will not try. In our condo, we call this place the Italian Peasant and you're welcome to do the same.

The parking situation can be confusing. Just pull into the driveway near Zocalo and use the valet.

Once settled comfortably into our booth, we sipped the Campagnolo Martini ($10), a mix of gin, dry vermouth, St. Germaine, creme de violette and orange bitters, and a Negroni ($9), a mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

Cozzo (Mussels) with sweet vermouth, tomato, scallions and ciabatta bread ($12). The sauce was delicious. If you order this, I suggest you ask for the bread to be served unbuttered; get butter on the side if you must, but odds are you'll just want to sop up the sauce.
Caprese salad ($8) adds roasted garlic to the traditional tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar combination.

My personal favorite dish of the evening, Orecchiette ($10/$16) is mixed with house sausage, broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan:

Bottom Line: The newest Peasant offers a pleasant environment in which to dine.

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