Location:6201 Minaret Rd Suite 240, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. (760) 934-0669
Date: January 17 & March 20, 2016
Rating: decent, for Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes isn’t exactly a culinary capital, so we twice went to:
Campo, the Village’s designated Italian.
Campo calls itself Rustic Italian. Well, I guess that’s reasonable. More Rustic Contemporary Italian American, but who’s being specific.
Bread and olive oil / balsamic.
This is a composite of two dinners, both times I brought Brunello. Forgot to photo the first one.
From my cellar: 2004 Tenuta le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. VM 93. Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines red cherry, smoky plum, minerals and licorice. Enters creamy, fleshy and smooth, with decadently rich red and black fruit flavors, but turns more austere towards the back. Finishes with above-average complexity and depth, featuring ultra-smooth tannins and an enticing mineral persistence. Lacks the length for an even higher score, but this very serious wine only needs a few years in the cellar to show all it’s got. This is the first Riserva ever made by this estate.
agavin: I got this bottle (and a couple cases of others) at the winery. It was bricking slightly but in a really good spot.
Simple Green Salad. White balsamic vinaigrette.
Wood fired cauliflower. Calabrian chilies. garlic. Not bad.
Beet Salad. roasted baby beets, butternut squash, rosemary goat cheese, chile oil. Strange neon glow to the beets!
Special with burrata and prosciutto and very salty crackers. Super yummy though.
Special Pappardelle with orange and duck. A little sweet but quite good.
TAGLIATELLE wild boar bolognese, grana padano. A decent, but slightly dry version of this classic dish. The meat needed more flavor somehow.
Special seafood risotto with shrimp and scallop.
Steak and potatoes. This is Mammoth.
A very unattractive split of a root beer float.
Caramel budino. These are always great. Love it.
Campo is great for Mammoth and sort of decent by LA Italian standards. It’s got a good menu and execution is decent. Some dishes are tasty and some are a tad flat. Service is overwhelmed. Both times we were there — granted with big parties — they couldn’t really handle it and there were issues. They were nice though. Mammoth servers usually are. They just couldn’t get it all right / timed / etc.