Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Campania Pizza


WTF, let's make it pizza week*

VERY HOT PIZZA NEWS: Campania Pizza JUST OPENED (like, hours ago) on the ground floor of Mondrian Cityplace across from the uberbuzzy West Village. Named for the Campania region, it has a guy in from italy doing a temporary consultancy to demo real pizza i.e. not loaded w/ mozzarella or drenched w/ tomato sauce. Everything’s imported from Italy (even the flour!); they’re also selling gourmet foodstuffs. They’ll do salads, specialty pizza rolls, stuffed crust deals, but it’s so new they don’t have all their supplies. The interior's tiled w/ imported stone & mosaic, and there’s a mural of napoli on the wall.

3000 blackburn st. #150. 214-780-0605

*cool neon-esque logo supplied by, yes, marc, the indian scout of NYCE

49 Comments:

At August 23, 2005 10:55 AM, Anonymous Papa Fireside said...

Look out TG, I'm so there!

 
At August 23, 2005 11:03 AM, Blogger TG said...

be sure to say hello to the manager, daniel

 
At August 23, 2005 11:36 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

sounds good, but if joe campisi were still around, bet they would get a phone call about the name.

 
At August 23, 2005 11:38 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe there is a starbucks in the west village, so after your pie, you could go there for a delicious malt treat.

 
At August 23, 2005 11:41 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

that view of naples you linked to is a killer. why do we live in landlocked dallas?

 
At August 23, 2005 11:43 AM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

suppose you know daniel from some other place since you are on a chummy first-name basis. that rips it for being a reviewer who dines anonymously!

 
At August 23, 2005 11:57 AM, Blogger TG said...

am glad/sorry to say that i've never met daniel, but instead managed to extract quite a bit of info from him on the phone, including the fact that he once worked at campisi's! whose pizza is, of course as we ALL know, totally MEDIOCRE

yes, that west village starbucks is the LARGEST IN THE CITY OF DALLAS (if not the world?!), thanks for reminding me, ms.ery!

p.s. i updated some of the links...

 
At August 23, 2005 12:13 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

They do correct pizza but then turn around and do "pizza rolls" and "stuffed crusts"? WTF?

 
At August 23, 2005 12:39 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

tg should be glad joe campisi is not still around to read that putdown of his pizza

 
At August 23, 2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Twisted Link, maybe they are offering other kinds of products to appeal to more people. Or maybe their specialty items are not the bad kind that you are autoamically thinking of.

 
At August 23, 2005 12:54 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Did i mention specialty items, m.b.? No. And the way to the heart of a broad constituancy is to offer just palatable, mediocre product. Just ask McDonalds, a politician or Jim Moroney. Sad, but true.

 
At August 23, 2005 12:54 PM, Blogger BK said...

Isn't this their 7th location?

I was kinda wondering, ya know, because this whole week has been about 7s so far.

But if this is only their 1st, that's OK too because you never made it thru the complete week with BAD posts either... ;-)

I, myself, always split 7s...

 
At August 23, 2005 1:01 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Somebody's high.

 
At August 23, 2005 1:03 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Twisted Link, no you did not say "specialty" but T.G. did: "They’ll do salads, SPECIALTY pizza rolls, stuffed crust deals ..."

I wold rather hve a place with good pizza and some "mediocre" items than a place with no good pizza at all.

But since nobody seems to have eaten at Campania, we should not jump to concluions - about its pizza or its specialty items.

 
At August 23, 2005 1:11 PM, Blogger TG said...

b.k., how funny you would mention BAD week (which sputtered on its 4th day). i was actually going to make this Pizza Week becuz i have a # of candidates - perhaps enough to fill out the rest of the week. i just need a cool "logo"

 
At August 23, 2005 1:14 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

m.b., if they stuff their pizza rolls and crusts with herbed goat cheese and tuna tartar, I'll be impressed. But it seems disingenuous, if not hypocritical, to offer italian pizza and also pizza hut-inspired products.

 
At August 23, 2005 1:19 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

i sort of like campisi's pizza with salami and green onion.

 
At August 23, 2005 1:32 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

I'm with TG on this one, Campisi's sucks. There, I've said it. I don't know what people see in it. (It's not like Amber Campisi is personally serving it topless or anything!)

 
At August 23, 2005 2:07 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Who cares if Campania (the restaurant) makes other crap? If they serve a good pizza Margherita, which in my mind is still the best thin-crust pizza, then all the rest of this is just sound and fury signifying nothing.

 
At August 23, 2005 2:49 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

I'm with d.b. on campisi's salami pizza. the chopped salami crisps nicely in the pizza oven and its much tastier -- and more palatable -- than that rabbit pellet sausage most places use. the green onions are a nice departure from white onion, too. once or twice a year when i need to grocery shop but am starving, i first eat a miniature one from the campisi's counter in the store. think it is something like $3.50 and i can never finish it, plus it probably saves me a bundle on impulse food purchases i would have made if i hadn't eaten. other times i get a chicken wing or leg from the kroger hot food counter.

 
At August 23, 2005 3:13 PM, Blogger TG said...

campisi's reminds me of la madeleine: before empire came along, people raved about la mad cuz they'd never had GOOD bread.
campisi's thin crust is ok but the sauce tastes (to me) like rank tomato paste, meats are disgusting, and vegs are canned. i'll take california pizza kitchen any day (even the thin-crust in the kroger freezer case)

 
At August 23, 2005 3:14 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'd rank campisi's right up there with spaghetti whorehouse. I got violently ill at both places. Think linda blair in the exorcist, except with red sauce. What's that little pizza joint on lowest Greenville Ave that's pretty good? I forget the name.

 
At August 23, 2005 3:31 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

disagree! disagree! campisi's green scallions are NOT canned and the salami is not disgusting. also there is very little sauce on the pizza. better cheese would be nice, but thought i was talking to people who regularly go to jack in the box and sonic! and eat that dreadful dreyer's ice cream! (twisted, you may just have been needing a booster shot when you got ill.)

as for the place on lower greenville, i'm not sure what's good these days. some people like mama taught me pizzza, but i haven't tried it (tho mama and her brood live across the street from me). to be truthful, i'm not a regular pizza eater, but tg's postings about it have made me want to revisit this place on buckner blvd. that use to serve the best garlic pizza. can't remember its name, but i'll try to give it a driveby, and if it's still open i'll give you a report.

 
At August 23, 2005 3:42 PM, Anonymous Pizza Lover said...

I'm sorry ms.ery, but the olives and mushrooms at Campisi's are canned. And the pepperoni is really dog meat; twisted dog meat.

CPK is okay. The BBQ chicken on the honey-wheat dough . . . mmmmmmm.

 
At August 23, 2005 3:45 PM, Blogger TG said...

i think twisted is talking about "cosa nostra", some mob-themed name. not great but certainly decent

those frozen CPK thin-crust pizzas are usually $5 or less at your favorite kroger, ms.ery; not quite the $3.50 you favor but pretty close!

and ANY Reports From The Field are much appreciated here. i'll stop at campania tomorrow and do the same

 
At August 23, 2005 3:49 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

As you know TG, I've been to Cafe Nostra. It's edible, but barely. It's nothing special. I much prefer a really thin crust ala Louie's. A fine Canadian bacon they serve. That, and their drinks there are really strong, in a Loon-esque way.

 
At August 23, 2005 4:07 PM, Anonymous E.B. White said...

Yo, Dean ... Ever hear of the Subject-Verb-Object sentence structure. Or nouns first, then pronouns?

 
At August 23, 2005 4:12 PM, Blogger BK said...

Great idea... great logo!

The lovely Mrs. BK and I really like the pizza from Alfonso's. But we always make sure to ask them to make a thin crust (it's not a menu choice). To our minds, it's about as close to the fine crusts that bad boy Nick throws up at Fireside as you can get.

Their home made (house made? strip mall made?) sausage is our meat of choice, along with 'shrooms and black olives.

Prices can't be beat either.

Keeps us high... and off the needle too...

 
At August 23, 2005 4:31 PM, Anonymous strunk said...

yes, dean, get the little book!

 
At August 23, 2005 4:40 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i misnamed that pizza place on lower greenville: it is mama knows pizza.

tg: if i bought your frozen pizza, i would have to take it home and cook. that would hardlh help ease my hunger pangs BEFORE shopping.

 
At August 23, 2005 4:44 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

dean: canadian bacon is for people who really don't like bacon, and it sucks on pizza

 
At August 23, 2005 4:55 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

bk: is your alfonso's my place on buckner blvd.? if you're a garlic lover, then you must try it with just that. several years ago at least, it was always freshly chopped garlic, not that soggy type that comes in jars. just that is topping enough for me and i never asked for a thin-crust -- but then i am one of those people that likes the pizza crust edges.

 
At August 23, 2005 5:11 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

d.b.:

I think you are referring to "Canadian-style" bacon, which pales by comparison to back bacon and can't even begin to be compared to true, pea-meal bacon from Canada (which makes the most superb BLT on the planet).

Canadian-style bacon serves a useful purpose to anyone with diabetes, since it's protein in a jiffy with very little fat. But good, it ain't.

However, I agree that the idea of putting Canadian-style bacon on pizza is as hideous as the idea of putting PINEAPPLE on pizza. Ptooey, blecch, ughhhhh.

 
At August 23, 2005 5:23 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Ms.Ery, have you gotten around to trying Fireside Pies yet? On Henderson. I think that is the best pizza I have ever eaten. I wish it weren't always mobbed. But if you go by early, before 6 p.m., you won't wait. And they'll make it to go. Their Italian sausage is to die for!

 
At August 23, 2005 5:41 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

I'M HAPPY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN. JUST DON'T ASK ME TO.

 
At August 23, 2005 5:49 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

mongrel, i heard a npr report today that said there is urea in cigarettes and that dog urine is rich in it. you could piss on twisted link's cigs, especially when he is smoking them.

 
At August 23, 2005 5:53 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

no, i haven't been to fireside pies yet, and it's in my neighborhood. it's always too mobbed and parking too awful at night. however, my daughter and i noticed it was a lot better one tuesday, and we're going to try to go early in the week soon.

 
At August 23, 2005 6:02 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

Dean: you used the term Loon-esque in your Louie's pizza comments, because Louie worked there when it was Joe Miller's, one might guess. Have you eaten at The Loon lately and is Alessio still in the kitchen? He turned out some unusual and tasty pizzas, as well as other excellent food.

 
At August 23, 2005 6:28 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

kirk, you're so smart that i went to you blog, but you haven't posted as much there as you have on tg's. i did look at the frog site you lauded. it was sweet/sad, and it reminded me of the gerbil animated joke site. does anyone know it? my favorite skit was where this gerbil is in a bar taunting a longshoreman type. does anyone know the site i am talking about; it's been a couple years since i visited and would like to view them again.

 
At August 23, 2005 6:47 PM, Anonymous strunk said...

If Kirk were so smart, he would know it is peameal, no hyphen, not pea-meal bacon. He needs a dictionary and the little book.

 
At August 23, 2005 8:13 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

Will Strunk, is that you? I can't believe we are visiting the same blog. I adore your teachings. I quoted you all the time to those lazy journalists I used to tutor. Keep sentences short and to the point. Use the active voice. And so on and so on. Did they listen? Read a newspaper. You'll know the sorry answer.

 
At August 23, 2005 8:42 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Strunk:

You are, of course, completely correct. I am not so smart. If I were, I would be spending summers somewhere where the temperature is counted in only two digits (and reported in Centigrade, for that matter.

And, I am proud to say, my Canadian Oxford Dictionary was lost long ago.

 
At August 23, 2005 8:42 PM, Anonymous harold ross said...

Hell, I'm as excited as a hen on a June bug to know that E.B. is still with us.

 
At August 23, 2005 9:04 PM, Blogger TG said...

why, i wonder, do strunk & white torment kirk over a lousy hyphen ... but i suppose i should welcome improved literacy in the comments area

meanwhile, the lovely m.b. voices my feelings exactly on fireside pies (has he/she been eavesdropping on my conversations?); it is the best pizza in town. i too am a fan of the ital sausage pizza w/ its smoky scamorza cheese and soft red onion. and i always try to go when they first open. perhaps we have competed for a table?

 
At August 23, 2005 9:26 PM, Anonymous computer nerd said...

someone asked about the gerbil cartoons. go to joecartoons.com; click to gerbil cartoons, and then go to gerbil bar. i agree with the touter; it has all the pathos, reality of a john steinbeck/william saroyan collaboration. some of the other gerbil "cartoons" are ultra sadistic. micro gerbil would be a twisted favorite.

 
At August 23, 2005 10:01 PM, Anonymous old hat said...

tg: the "lovely M.B." and you pretend not to know whether m.b. is a he or a she?
do you call a male lovely? and why do you ignore my pleas for claity when i have been a loyal blogger for weeks and weeks? In my opinion, you are just catering to the first-time visitors, ignoring all us faithful.

 
At August 23, 2005 11:47 PM, Anonymous trannie v. said...

who says males can't be lovely too

 
At August 24, 2005 8:12 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Okay, here we go:

1) I don't respond to "yo;"

2) Strunk & White can kiss my pronoun;

3) I like real "back" bacon not this streaky fatty shit that passes for "bacon" over here (and if you don't know what that means, then you're dumb);

4) I've not been to The Loon lately, nor have I ever had a pizza there, so I can't answer Jess's question;

5) Fireside Pies is good, but I've over eaten their pizzas. Having said that, before 7:00 on a Tuesday, or after 10:00 on any day seems to be a good time to visit. When they open the one at Legacy (in the new development across the street from Bob's) next year, TG can go with more regularity.


That about covers it.

 
At September 04, 2005 6:07 PM, Blogger jp said...

this is the best pizza in dallas. the manager daniel treated me like family. good job....i will be back.

 

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