Location: 815 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Cost: About $50 per person
My cousin Nathan was at Northwestern for what he likes to call "Nerd Camp." Really, he took a bunch of summer high school courses that sounded pretty cool. Well anyways, my aunt and uncle were in town visiting with him, so my parents and I met up with all of them in Evanston to grab some dinner. My uncle Harry can be particular about his restaurant choices, so the simple fact that we went to Campagnola should be a compliment to the restaurant. I had a long drive from the western suburbs ahead of me and of course ended up late to dinner. Accordingly, I know very little about what everyone else thought of their food.
LogisticsCampagnola is on a pretty calm stretch of Chicago Avenue in Evanston. The restaurant was packed and bustling when I got there. There was plenty of street parking nearby, but you should remember to bring quarters. We had this large table right near the bathrooms, but whatever. The apps are all in the $10 range while you can expect to drop somewhere around $20 on an entree.
I started off with the Roasted Beet Salad. It was heavy on the pistachios, and the goat cheese was smooth.
The Roasted Beet Salad
For my entree I went with the Roasted Duck with Peaches. The exterior fat was perfectly caramelized, and the peaches balanced the richness of the dish well. It was definitely one of the better duck breasts I've had in a long time.
The Roasted Duck with Peaches
The table split a bunch of desserts including the Panna Cotta and some kind of dish that resembled bread pudding that I can't remember the proper name of. That being said, it was warm and gooey with a cool scoop of gelato on top; really a great way to finish off the meal.
The Walnut Cake (I think)
The Panna Cotta
I was very impressed with Campagnola. I can be very picky about duck, but I thought they did a great job. I'd say it's worth the trip to Evanston from the city. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.