The generous light of Campanile

Posted on | October 24, 2012 | No Comments

For those unused to seeing food writing on a site that typically concerns Western water, you do have the right page. This water-to-wine moment was prompted by sheer love of Campanile restaurant, which will close next week after nearly a quarter of a century in business. Above, pictured at a meal on my 50th birthday, are Kate Arding, formerly a cheesemonger with Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Cowgirl Creamery, now publisher of Culture magazine; UK jewelry designer Sarah Herriot; and Jeremy Lee, chef at Quo Vadis in London’s Soho. On the rare occasions when these dear old friends were in town, we went to Campanile. Once, in 1999, Jeremy and I ate there every service for a week. It took a year to pay it off, but it was worth it. Click here for an elegy in the LA Weekly about a restaurant that changed the way Los Angeles ate — so joyously. 

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