About Campania Cafe

416 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
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Campania Italian Café & Trattoria features authentic Italian cuisine in a casual elegant dining atmosphere. The dining room setting is warm & inviting with rustic brick walls and the original Ice House Hoist is displayed under exposed beams. Lunch is served daily, Monday through Friday, offering panini sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, pasta dishes and daily specials.
Dinner is served beginning at 5pm in the dining room. The trattoria seasonal dinner menu includes appetizers, authentic pasta dishes and veal & chicken entrees, as well as excellent seafood specials. Bakery goods, Italian cakes, cookies and pastries, and espresso bar are available. The dining room can host large parties and private events. Catering is also available off site or carry out. Campania is proud to be a part of Davidson’s South Main Street Arts district, located in the well-known “Ice House”, the former site of the historical Davidson Ice & Fuel Plant.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 987-5111

Website:
http://www.campaniacafe.com/home

Entertainment:
Party on the Porch is from May to September! Enjoy Live entertainment! Our covered front porch is the perfect place to enjoy live music in the warm months, with a nice breeze under fans. 6:30pm - 9pm, every Friday night, (weather permitting)

Catering:
We offer on site and off site catering. We can provide as much or as little as you would like (pick up or delivery with setup and full staff for your event).

Executive Chef:
Vincent DiGiorgio

Private Party Facilities:
Our dining room is the perfect setting for you private function, with exposed brick walls, benches with cushions and seating for up to 50 people. The ice house hoist is displayed under an exposed beam ceiling. The dining room also comes with a wine bar to serve your party. Enjoy one of our hand selected Italian white or red wines or a sparkling Prosecco while mingling during your cocktail hour.

Private Party Contact:
Vincent DiGiorgio: 7049875111x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Campania Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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romantic (21)
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fit for foodies (13)
notable wine list (9)
great for lunch (8)
good for groups (7)
great for outdoor dining (3)
late-night find (2)
hot spot (1)
kid-friendly (1)
great for brunch (1)
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food5
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service5
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Best Fine cuisine miles around

Dined on April 16, 2016

This is our 3rd visits. A bit pricy but totally worth it! Fine cuisine at its best! However, if you are returning specially to eat something you previously had, it might not be in their menu that changes frequently. I checked online their menu before going and the online menu was not yet changed so what we had in mind to eat was no longer in the menu. What we ended up ordering veal cutlets was also excellent. Nice romantic restaurant with space in between tables. We were surprise on how fast the service and food was...maybe a tiny bit too fast. In and out in 30 minutes.

Tags: special occasion
food2
ambience5
service5
value4

We are frequent diners and was somewhat ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

We are frequent diners and was somewhat disappointed that the Ravioli, and the Rigatoni were much saltier the any other time we ordered them.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience5
service5
value2

I loved the feel of this restaurant, but ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

I loved the feel of this restaurant, but was quite unimpressed with the food. The salmon was swimming in butter. That is usually my go-to healthy option, but it was just sitting in a bath of butter (that tasted like movie theatre popcorn butter). I thought the appetizers were good, but was not impressed with the entrees.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Wonderful Italian restaurant just past busy main

Dined on March 5, 2016

Campagna has been here for several years now and consistently provides delicious italian cuisine. Now with Davidson's busy main st. from Depot to the Town Hall, it is often overlooked. The food is very good just recommend you get something without too many different focal points because then you lose the different tastes. The specials are always worth getting. Great service - just the right amount of attention! And we weren't rushed from our table - really got to enjoy our meal and evening out with friends.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service2
value1

not a good first impression

Dined on February 27, 2016

Four main courses took over one hour and when received, one was lukewarm and the other was cold, upon "reheating" the veal tough as cardboard, (probably microwaved). No floor supervision, no checker in the kitchen, harried waitstaff, altogether an impression of a very, very disorganized place. The waiter was apologetic and gracious to discount our bill but overall, very difficult to change a first impression.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We always enjoy dinner at Campania. Deli ...

Dined on February 18, 2016

We always enjoy dinner at Campania. Delicious apps, excellent pasta entrees, and you must save room to share a dessert and their incredibly good coffee.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Food / Wine but missing out on dessert again

Dined on February 15, 2016

Always Love Coming here for a Wonderful dinner and wine, but they were short on what is available for dessert again, they have a Fantastic Tiramisu, but this is the third time they were out. Something seems a miss here over the past year.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Dinner

Dined on February 14, 2016

Authentic Italian - from the fresh caprese and formaggi platters to the delicate and flavorful tiramisu; all food was delicious. Would have liked to have seen a more extensive selection of Italian wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, etc), but the Chianti was definitely good enough.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Food was cold.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Salads were goo. Main course was cold and bread was hot outside and ice cold in. Clearly bread was frozen. We have had great meals at Campania and this one was just so so.

Tags: romantic
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Okay

Dined on February 13, 2016

Was disappointed in our app, and the bar overall - servers make the drinks and most don't know how to make basic, classic cocktails. Stick to the wine list.

food2
ambience2
service1
value2

Bad experience

Dined on February 7, 2016

Went there on the last night of an extended restaurant week. That was the only dining option; regular menu not presented so it should have been simple, right? Reservation at 7:15 . . . at 9:05 we had only had salads. Server made some sort of explanation about order mix-up and when food arrived you could tell it had been rushed. My pasta dish was good but my friend's salmon was way undercooked and another dish (steak) had inedible sides (potatoes and asparagus you could not cut with a knife). First and last visit for me. Too many excellent restaurants around.

food5
ambience5
service5

Was the best decision my husband and I m ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

Was the best decision my husband and I made trying it for the first time during restaurant week Great staff and great food. We were greeted right away with warm smiles and hellos then seated very promptly The pork chop dish was my choice...fried to perfection with cheese and prosciutto covered with an arugula salad......was juicy and is my new favorite (Have been craving it since we left ). My husband had the lasagna which was outstanding as well Bar is very cute and the espresso martini is fabulous A must try for all and a place I plan to visit often

food2
ambience3
service4

The meal was overall ok, but I was mostl ...

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

The meal was overall ok, but I was mostly disappointed with our entree. We had the NY strip and it was a very tough cut. Both our steaks were very fatty and grizzly, and it did not help that the steak knives were very cheap and dull. I wasn't even able to cut my asparagus. Also, wobbley table did not help anything

food2
ambience3
service2
value1

Slow service and sub par meal

Dined on January 27, 2016

Well the evening started out great. We placed our orders, drinks & bread came out followed by the appetizers, which were very good. However, the Sangria tasted more like fruit punch w/wine in it, very sugary & too sweet. Plus our waiter seemed to completely forget about us. Moreover, he didn't put in the orders for our entrees until after the appetizers came to the table. It was an hour later after we were seated before we would receive our main meals which was said to be held up by the lasagna I had ordered. This only led to someone having cold food, which she sent back to be warmed up. It didn't help, because as she called it, "it tasted like Chinese takeout when you warm it up in the microwave," & then the pasta was just kinda of ok. And no wonder the piece of lasagna took for so long, it was huge! Not that I'm complaining about the size, but if the cooks knew it would take longer to make than the rest of the food, that should have been put in first. I did take it home, however, when I went to eat my leftovers, that's when I found that the bottom of it had been completely burned. Eating a piece of charred pasta is GROSS. Getting back to the meal itself, I felt like our waiter was either out on his first day of work, or he was just really timid & didn't know how to act around customers. I couldn't understand a word that he said 1/2 the time because he was talking so low & then he came back to ask if we still wanted our desert. Um yes, if you're going to make us sit here for an 1 1/2 hours, you better believe I want my Tiramisu. While the person whose food was cold was comped, when the check came they had upcharged us for the Sangria I'm guessing for the other person's meal who was comped that ordered wine. Um no, if the Sangria only costs $19 that split 3 ways does not equal $9 a person. If that's what they were trying to do, they should have just given her a bill for her wine & have been done w/ it instead of having to redo our checks so we could pay correctly.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Needs a few improvements

Dined on January 26, 2016

I attended during Restaurant Week. Atmosphere is very nice, except for the occasional loud noise when the heater turns on. Very romantic if it weren't for the start-up noise. Salmon was a bit tough had too many tomatoes on top - hid the taste of the fish. Service was very timely on a Tuesday night - light crowd.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great find and authentic Italian food

Dined on January 25, 2016

So happy to have found this lovely neighborhood restaurant with delicious Italian food, great service and rustic atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service2

This was the worst experience I'd ever h ...

Dined on January 3, 2016

This was the worst experience I'd ever had at Campania. My food was hardly warm when it first came out. On the second try it wasn't much better. The meat in the dish was chewy. Our server was inattentive. Another server had to take my food back. We won't be back!

food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Lovely atmosphere

Dined on December 28, 2015

This was our first visit to this place. The building is historic, and quite nice. The food was very tasty. They were shorthanded on the night we went so the service was slow. We will try it again on another night. Definitely worth going back to.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Not as good as past experiences there

Dined on December 16, 2015

Love this restaurant - usually - and usually its tough to get a table. This past week it was a very average experience from the lackluster server/service and the same food that we had loved in the past just wasn't up to their usual high standards. Would still recommend this restaurant as I have been wowed by it in the past several times, this was just an off night in several key ways.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience3
service2

Not a great Davidson find :-(

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

Food was below average as well as the service. Was hoping for a cool neighborhood place and disappointed. The wine bar looked good however.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great family Experience

Dined on December 5, 2015

We joined together for dinner before Grandchildren sang at Christmas in Davidson. We had 5 children and 8 adults. Everything was great; the food, the wine, the service and thankfully, the children's behavior.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food4
ambience4
service4

Great chicken marsala, great gnocchi, ki ...

vip
Dined on December 5, 2015

Great chicken marsala, great gnocchi, kids loved their noodles perfectly cooked to al dente.

food3
ambience4
service5

Campania

Dined on November 29, 2015

We have been to Campania many times. This time not so good. My husbands eggplant parm was not all the way cooked and the pasta had way too much sauce on it and it didn't taste the same . My meal of stuffed ravioli with squash was delicious tho. Also the grilled romaine had way too much oil on it. Soggy. Very disappointed this time.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3

Enjoyable ~

Dined on November 22, 2015

My last visit to Campania was not good, albeit during Restaurant Week, so I was happy to find that our service was better and everything on the menu we ordered was available, although the rolls, which are usually to die for, were well-toasted on top. We ordered the meat and cheese appetizer for the first time which was very good. I had the veal cutlets which I did not care for (it was the first time I've tried veal); my companion ordered the pork chop which is a favorite of both of us. Unfortunately, the fig salad, the mixed berry pastry (dessert) or the butternut squash have returned to the menu. Seasonal maybe, but I'm missing them!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service2

Bad night?

Dined on November 21, 2015

Love this place and go there 5-6 times a year but I think I caught them on a bad night last week. The waitress seemed flustered all night and they really weren't that busy compared to normal. I've never had a problem at all with the food but this time the gnocchi really weren't cooked enough; still a bit mushy and the meatballs that I love we're a bit overdone and dry. I'll write it off to a fluke and be back again soon.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Winky15

Dined on September 26, 2015

We went to Campania thinking that we would have an intimate Italian meal. The food was just blah with the veal tough, the Caesar salad not a Caesar salad and the value just not there.

food5
ambience5
service5

I like Campania Café !

Dined on September 13, 2015

So much has made Campania Café is a destination and conversation-starter as its history as the old Davidson Icehouse, but for first-timers the surprise always begins with the building itself. Once originally an icehouse, it is a one level, roomy constructed brick building with the original features. Without the restaurant's sign out front it could be mistaken for a distribution antique shop or clothing exchange. It is one of the historical sites in Davidson deserving a visit. Not just because of the historical reference, but the excellent food and great service will bring dinners back again and again. If you cannot tell, I like Campania Café !

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service1

Incredibly great food, bad service

Dined on September 12, 2015

Husband and I went for date night. The food is amazing, once you actually get it. We arrived relatively hungry at 7:30 and sat in the bar area. Even though many walked by us, it took a good five minutes to get a drink ordered. We then quickly ordered food. As we sat for the next 50 minutes waiting on an appetizer and two salads to arrive, servers walked by many times. Our drinks went empty and we had to ask for water refills. At 8:25 we were told our food hadn't been prepared bc of a printer problem at the app/salad station. I understand mistakes happen. But surely, you would think a manager would come out to offer a drink on the house or comp something. We were charged for all food and drink after waiting 85 minutes for food. Unbelievable. This isn't our first time at Compania. We've been there at least 5 other times. The food, like I said, is wonderful and probably the only thing keeping them open. It certainly isn't the customer service, as we've had issues nearly each time there.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Another fantastic meal @ this wonderful restaurant

vip
Dined on September 11, 2015

My husband and I had a craving for Campania -we have never been let down and it worth the drive for us! We were fortunate to have the opportunity to be seated on the front porch, which we loved - live music made the evening complete!! Friendly and efficient service and marvelous food - love that they do not rush you and it is always exciting to hear what the chef has changed on the menu. We will be back - sooner rather than later!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place to go

Dined on August 27, 2015

My wife and I have been here two years in a row and will keep coming back. We reserve through open table and when we show up we are greeted by name by some of the friendliest staff that Ive ever seen.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service4

Average

vip
Dined on August 25, 2015

I decided to go to this restaurant for a client dinner based on the reviews. The menu looked wonderful and the reviews were great. The food was just average and not what I was expecting. The other dinners felt exactly the same. First time Open Table has let me down.

food5
ambience4
service4

Second visit!

Dined on August 15, 2015

This was our second time for dinner. They now have a new menu! The food was excellent and our waiter was good. The salads were delicious --- sorry no room for dessert... Mushroom ravioli, veal, chicken Parmesan and seafood special all very good.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great food and atmosphere!

Dined on July 30, 2015

We enjoyed it a lot -- good food and atmosphere and really quiet. I wish they would expand or change their menu up a little though. Offer more salads and lighter fare. But overall great and I would go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Restaurant week

Dined on July 25, 2015

The food that was offered as our second choice was really good, but a 7:30pm reservation resulted in them running out of salmon & one of the draft beers.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Food!!!

Dined on July 25, 2015

My fiancé and I stopped by Campaina during the Charlotte Restaurant Week! We were so impressed with the overall service and especially the food!! My steak was cooked to perfection and my fiancé Lasagna was tasty as well. The food is nicely proported, so you definitely get a bang for your buck! The cocktail drinks are AMAZING!!! Definitely stop by and give Campaina a try!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service3

Disappointing

Dined on July 23, 2015

Campania has been a favorite for some time now, but we were terribly disappointed this past visit. Unfortunately, we were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday. I made reservations a couple of weeks in advance and requested a special table; we were not seated where requested. It seemed they were understaffed. Our waitress didn't come to our table for what seemed an eternity to get our drink order. There was no bartender on staff; the wait staff was also having to mix drinks. I didn't get to enjoy my favorite drink (or even my #2 drink on the menu) as both have Raspberry Vodka and they were out of Raspberry Vodka. Once our waitress appeared to take our order, she was not helpful with our questions in trying to decide what we might order and in fact, suggested she take someone else's order while we continued to look at the menu. We weren't about to let her get away given how long it took for her to get to us! Bread was hot and delicious as usual. We both ordered the "NY strip", which we are certain was not any sort of "strip" at all. It was a large flat patty of meat, and RAW along the outside edges. Very, very disappointing experience. We will return, but if we have another experience like this, it will be our last visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Resturant Week

Dined on July 22, 2015

This was my third or fourth visit to Campania during restaurant week. The food this time seemed to lack its former quality. I also felt that our server seemed less professional. Disappointed.

food5
ambience5
service5

Love coming here. Know the food will be ...

Dined on July 21, 2015

Love coming here. Know the food will be great and service first class. You can bring guests and know they will have great experience.

food4
ambience4
service2

Great neighborhood find!

Dined on July 17, 2015

The food was good and the portion sizes where large. We had a very enjoyable dinner. The only complaint that we had was that our service was so slow. We had a 7 p.m. reservation and it was after 9 before we left. Was told that they only served micro brews, but they had no beer list to look at.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was delicious. Service was attentiv ...

Dined on July 11, 2015

Food was delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive, and they did not rush you.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies

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