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mercredi, 01 février, 2012

Il Campari Centro

As Chicagoans, we are blessed with an overwhelming number of the finest Italian restaurants outside of Italy. So we assumed during our recent trip to Montreal that no restaurant there could even come close to the superb Italian cuisine we're accustomed to. Were we ever wrong! As luck would have it, we were staying at Le Crystal Hotel, directly across the street from Il Campari Centro. Although there was another Italian restaurant on the same block, we decided that Il Campari Centro looked more inviting. The moment we walked into this incredibly beautiful dining room, the proprietor Pietro warmly greeted us with a big smile, escorted us to a perfectly located table, and within five minutes of conversation had us feeling as if we had been longtime friends of his. And then there was our simply excellent waiter Franco, who epitomizes first class professional service. Our wine glasses were never empty and neither were our plates! And what terrific wine and food it was! The finest Riesling we have ever tasted. The food? Insanely delicious---the freshly baked warm bread, the amazing home made prosciutto (best ever!), outrageously delicious calamari, succulent veal, ridiculously flavorful lasagna, and let's not even talk about the fantastic desserts. Let's just say that we happily waddled back across the street to the hotel like a couple of plump Canadian geese! The outstanding cuisine we enjoyed at Il Campari Centro matched and in some instances exceeded that of the finest Italian restaurants we have been to in both Chicago and Italy. What was in a total class by itself, however, was the incomparable service rendered to us by Pietro and Franco. That is what made our dining experience perfect, and we know exactly where we will be eating Italian when we visit Montreal again.

Ken and Karen Calvin
Chicago, Il., USA

01 feb, 2012