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About Permanently Closed - Campania Cafe

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

416 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
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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: (704) 987-5111

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Campania Cafe - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.7

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

60% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I wouldn't recommend. Preparation was good. Food quality was bad. Seemed like everything from the bread, salad, meats and starches we're poor quality for sending reheated meals. A big fail for a place with great ambiance.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Love the food just wished they would serve it HOT!

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was fine. Service staff was mostly pooled from the local college nearby. It's a decent local restaurant. The dessert and coffee (Lavazza, which .Hilton carries) was very tasty. Improvements would be on the customer service training, but overall no complaints about the food or quality.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great ambiance and food. Unfortunately the service was terrible and overshadowed the entire experience.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Been coming here over 6 years when living in Cornelius. Live in South Park now but still make the trip up, but after this last experience, may not return. We were greeted promptly but seated near the bar when the dining area was mostly empty. We asked to move with no problem. Our first disappointment came when our favorite wine was sold out, then found out the eggplant entree was sold out!!! An italian establishment that runs out of eggplant??? I ordered the chicken parm which had very runny marinara sauce with what seemed to be rigatonis that were cut in half and horribly overcooked. It took several requests to receive bread. We had a very apologetic and cheerful and helpful server. Needless to say we did not bother to order dessert.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were seated, given water & menus by the hostess. Five minutes later a waitress arrived, introduced herself, and asked, "Do you know what ya want?" We placed our orders and were then asked, "Ya want anything besides water?" I asked for a wine list and she wordlessly walked away, appearing a few minutes later only to plop the wine list on the table and keep walking. We waited another 30 minutes for some sort of acknowledgement but not a single employee stopped by our table, refilled out waters, spoke, nor even made eye contact. Forty five minutes after we'd arrived, we made the decision to walk out. No one seemed to notice. We politely emailed the manager & she offered no apology, only excuses, implying it was our fault for not being patient.

Not a great experience, certainly not the best anniversary dinner we've had. The food may very well be excellent but I'll never know; we won't return.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The servers were awesome, and attentive even though they had a call off, and a huge catering order that day. I was thrilled with my dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Service was not as good as we have experienced in the past. Two orders of lasagna were Luke warm when served and an order of salmon cakes were mushy.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We enjoyed great service. The menu has just enough if a variety and the setting, as always, was quiet and pleasant. Only recommendation I would give is to have a little more use of fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of the meals.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Campania is always a favorite for us! The food is delicious and the service is always great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food. Great atmosphere. Highly recommended for a date night or special romantic occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I have been to Campania many times and loved it. Something has happened lately. Don't know why, but the entire eating experience has gone down hill huge. Sad, not many Italian choices around Davidson.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Wasn't impressed with the food or portions for the price paid. Service was good.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was ok ... not worth the drive from Charlotte

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great restaurant week dinner experience. It was great food with pork chop and calamari and excellent tiramisu desert. Great location in beautiful Davidson

Tags: Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Out server Julia was outstanding and made it a very memorable evening for my wife and I

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

As always, good good, service and atmosphere. It is a Davidson treasure

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Went for early dinner first day of restaurant week. Had excellent salads and main meals. Desserts were good. Service was excellent - they were expecting a big crowd, but we were out of there early. We will recommend to others and will plan to eat here again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was cold and not prepared well....seemed like volume Italian. We had not been here in over a year, and it was much better last year when we visited.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The service was outstanding. Was a little disappointed in the antipasto appetizer. That is why we gave the food for stars instead of 5. It was very relaxing and a nice time. Would recommend it to friends.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Anniversary: service was great! Food was good!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

To be fair, the Mothers Day Brunch at Campania Cafe had its strengths. The salad , nothing more than mixed greens, had as it's saving grace a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette. The mashed potatoes were spot on and the French Toast and bacon were simply delicious. Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. The sliced roast beef was so overcooked it needed dental records to identify its remains. The vegetable medley was mush. The soft shell crab was so grotesque even sampling it between two pieces of nicely baked bread could not save it. Finally, that brings me to the attempted Italian entree. What was that supposed to be exactly? Instead of a lasagna or a nicely done baked ziti, it resembled something out of your grocer's freezer. To add insult to injury, the tiramisu (normally my Wife's favorite desert) was dry and flavorless. On the positive side of the ledger, the cannoli and Italian Cream Cake were nicely done.

At the end of the day, I paid $200.00 for my family of 5 to enjoy your weak attempt at a Mothers Day brunch. Never again. You rely way too much on your Davidson zip code, and way too less on the actual quality of food you serve. Where's your culinary pride? Someone has obviously fallen asleep at the wheel. What a shame.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

When I made the reservation I did not realize it was a fixed price brunch buffet for Mother's Day. I paid for myself and a friend. We each had 2 mimosas. I paid $105. I was rather horrified, given that the food was fine, but nothing to write home about.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Campania is a great place to unwind on a Friday night. Live music by the bar drifts to the dining area which allows for conversation. Food is always wonderful. Service is attentive and personal. I would describe Campania as the best dinner along South Main. It is elegant, charming, and delicious.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I loved the building, food was good but staff lacked expertise of Italian Food. Asked for cheese and it came in a container, should have provided freshly shredded cheese and freshly ground pepper.

Waitress was informed I was paying the bill but continued to ask the man guest and proceeded to lay the bill in front of him...feel sorry for her.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The decor and ambiance were very nice. The food was good but not equal to the pricing. The selection was not vast but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The server was extremely slow and did not seem to even notice that she was slow. I completely finished my meal before she came to check on us and she never refilled our waters. There were a couple other tables that even after bussing they still left dirty plates just sitting there. Minimal pre-bussing and no decrumbing the tables. Also all the tablecloths were upside down (shows they don't put effort into the details). But many people would still choose this for something different than the usual chain restaurants in a nice area with cozy ambiance (exposed brick and wood for instance).

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Outstanding food, friendly and attentive staff, beautiful bar area...will definitely be back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We were celebrating two birthdays and a return from a deployment. The service was slow and unfriendly. The food was okay, but the service was so unfriendly that it became unimpressive. The location is beautiful though and the music was awesome. I've been here before and picked this place for how I remember it. It fell short and I was so disappointed because this was supposed to be a special occasion among three great friends who don't get to see each other very often.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great find...kid friendly...great portions...great service!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food was absolutely outstanding. Staff was nearly as good as the food. The tables need a bit more ambience when being seated...they seem very scarce. If you want delicious food....have a meal at Campania.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was good as usual and the service was ok, but wish they would have provided a plate for the clam and mussels shells.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant. My wife and I are near 80. My wife has severe arthritis as should have obvious with her difficulty in walking in and sitting down. There were other tables for two available yet she was seated on a padded cabinet along the wall with no back. The noise level was very high partially due to one table with 8 very loud people and this made conversation difficult.

All that being said, the food was excellent. We split a salad with heart of romaine and it was nicely split by the chef. The marinara sauce on the fettuccine was the best I can remember eating. The mussels were pretty low quality but acceptable. I dislike having to remove the tails on my shrimp. I thought the waitress did an outstanding job. I did think the prices were a little high but I would return to gain more experience with the remainder of the menu.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was great but our service was extremly slow. Maybe we just got an overextended server but the place wasn't full either, just took 15mins to get our water and another 15mins to get our wine. Our salad came but we had no silverware and so on through the night. The lights could be dimmed a little, it seemed bright to us for a dinner date. like I said the food was great, but i would hesitate to go back because of the service and that's a shame.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Server was excellent. Food was great from start to finish. Get Arancini every time we are there to start. Asparagus & beet salad was divine. Y'all were out of my dish of choice but my 2nd choice was a hit. Love coming to Campania's. Can't figure out why we're not here more often!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Outstanding Value
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Short on help. Bread frozen.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Under staffed is an understatement!!! Will not come back for a while!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

4 of us went here and we all got sick! Very slow service. Lighting too bright. Never again.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Everything was GREAT, would go there again definitely !!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great spot for restaurant week. More than enough food, great selection, and was stuffed by the end. Easily had room for a party of 10. Only downside was no liquor, just beer and wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was Queen's Feast/Restaurant Week so the menu was limited. The food was okay. The asparagus and the steak were a little tough. The flavors were good though. The salad was good and the tiramisu was excellent. I was disappointed not having the full menu. So many things I wanted to try. Loved the atmosphere!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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