There is always a good reason to go out and celebrate, and Diva #2 couldn’t think of a better reason than to celebrate her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary! The family gathered at La Campagnola, a BYOW, family run restaurant in LaSalle on Dollard Ave. If you live in Ville Emard or Lasalle, there’s a very good chance you’ve eaten here at least once!
Diva #2 was joined by Ranger, the Mysterious A, Mini Diva and other relatives; we made sure to bring plenty of wine and champagne to celebrate. We started with a few appetizers for the table that included a small charcuterie board filled with homemade cured meats, cheese and two condiments; one tart tomato chutney and one sweet caramelised onions. Both worked well with the charcuterie and the bottle of bubbly!
The bruschetta at La Campagnola is loaded to the point where eating it with a fork and knife is not frowned upon. The bread is topped with a more than generous amount of spicy Italian sausage, drenched in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. The best part is the bread which is actually homemade pizza dough instead of thin slices of baguette.
The calamari is a standard, lightly breaded and deep fried dish, served with lemon wedges and La Campagnola’s own marinara sauce for dipping or their homemade tartar sauce. The outside is crispy (even after dousing it in fresh lemon) and the calamari is always tender.
The menu at La Campagnola will cater to anyone’s taste – whether you want pasta, pizza, meat or fish. They also offer specials which include cuts of meat that are brought to the table for your choosing. On this particular night, we indulged in their 20 oz New York Strip, which is for two people. It comes with several sides including vegetables, rice pilaf, rapini and truffle fries which are addictive! Cooked perfectly to medium rare, the meat was extremely tender and cut table side. You also have the option of having pasta as an alternative to the side dishes.
They have several types of veal scallopini and we chose to try the marsala and mushroom veal scallopini, and the cognac and roasted peppers veal scallopini. The marsala with mushrooms was rich yet light. Plenty of mushrooms topped the thin pieces of veal which was served with a side of vegetables. The cognac and roasted peppers veal scallopini was a bit richer but equally delicious. We opted to have this dish with pasta which was a good choice as the sauce from the veal coated the pasta nicely.
Diva #2 and her family have been eating at La Campagnola for years, it’s our go-to spot to celebrate any occasion! La Campagnola is a great family restaurant, perfect for an event or a casual dinner. The food is delicious and never disappoints, and the staff is friendly and you’ll feel very much at home. We ended the night with a toast to Diva #2’s parents, who have certainly set the bar high for the rest of us!
Our Rating: Always on Thursday
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