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For over 38 years, Il Campari Centro has offered its patrons the finest Italian cuisine, as well as a choice of fine vintage wines. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal on de la Montagne Street, within walking minutes from the Bell Center. Its classic and elegant environment will charm you. Our homemade fine Italian cuisine served at Il Campari Centro guarantees a unique gastronomic experience. Delight your senses with a sumptuous meal made of the perfect mix of taste, textures and colors to please the most discerning person. For a memorable experience with friends, a business lunch, or a romantic tete a tete evening, Il Campari Centro offers you an unforgettable experience. The courteous and friendly service will charm you.
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Food is absolutely delicious, authentic tasting Italian cuisine at it's finest. The restaurant itself is very old looking but it adds to the charm.
We discovered Il Campari through friends 4 years ago. It's our family's favourite Italian restaurant in Montreal, we always go there for birthdays and anniversaries. Delicious food, great customer service and unforgettable desserts. We definitely recommend Il Campari!!!
After having just enjoyed one of the most memorable meals in a long time, tbe wait staff was beyond fantastic, attentive without being intrusive.
I had the osso bucco which was fall off the bone tender, and they happily swapped out the veg for risotto with porcini mushroom as the side. My companion had their cavatelli with fresh vegetable which was incredible - (which for me says a lot since I'm a carniovore at heart) how does one elevate a fairly simple pasta with veg to such high levels?
Wine list is spectacular and we enjoyed our meal with a spectacular 1985 Frescobaldi Mormoreto. Never had the feeling of being rushed and in fact, they encouraged us to take us much time as we wanted. Finished off the evening (midnight by this time), with a round of 20 year port followed by another round that was offered to us on the house. Never have I felt so welcome and felt like I was in someone's home the ambience was so ingratiating. Highly recommend - you won't regret it!.
During out visit, we went to two restauarants for lunch.
Just 10 minute walk from the hotel.
One of the best gnocchi I ever had.
The 3 men who were with me insisted I try
a bit of veal marsala, a bit of linguini amatriciana and the fish of the day. Equally good was the calmars fried.
A very impressive wine list.
Very clean. Spotless.
The decor reminds me of a certain look I saw years ago.
I like this kind of look.
"Montreal, you are spoiled!"
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
Ce restaurant est un endroit magnifique et la nourriture y est exquise. Vous y trouverz un Osso Buco le meilleur en ville
Quelle magnifique soirée nous y avons passée.
Les pâtes juste à point,le veau succulent, le service aimable.
Il vous faut essayez ce restaurant au moins une fois et vous deviendrez un habituer.
Une des grandes tables italiennes de Montréal et on y retourne assurément !
Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Every dish I've ever tried was delicious, and yes, the desserts are heavenly!
Wow is all I can think of when describing this restaurant. It is located in a beautiful building with amazing detail. This place is probably the most reasonably priced Italian restaurant I've ever been too, and it was worth it. This is a perfect place to take your girl to for a romantic evening and trust me, the food and ambience will not disappoint her.
What a great place to go eat. It's well located right downtown of montreal. There is a free parking in the park of the restaurant. U just have to say that u are coming to eat at il campari. The food is great. I had some osso bucco that melt in my mouth! U really have to go try that place. The wyne is private import that you wont find anywwere that there and its great. Nothing to complaint about!!! The waiter gave us a excellent service. There is italian music that gave a super nice ambiance!!!! You have to go there....
Quel bon restaurant!
La nourriture est excellente et le service est impeccable. J'ai été à ce restaurant à plusieurs reprises.
De plus, le fait qu'il y a un stationnement inclus à l'arrière du restaurant est très apprécié parce qu'il est souvent difficile de trouver du stationnement dans le centre ville.
Je recommande ce restaurant!
ps: très bien situé pour avant ou après un événement au centre Bell puisqu'il est situé directement en face du centre Bell.
L'Italie à Montréal!!!!!!
Quel bon resto typique cuisine italienne avec une excellente cuisine. Le service es très bon et rapide .Ce resto est parfait avant un concert au centre bell .
Been there several times. Conveniently located near the Bell Centre but I prefer going there by on less hectic nights. Ask for Serge. Love the V. Chop. Love the gnocchi gorganzola. Don't love the gymm.
Oh No!I ate like a GIP again..
Very disappointing! Three of us went here as a birthday treat. No-one welcomed us, just a brusque showing to our table. The stone-faced waiter asked what we would like to drink. My teetotal friend asked for water and we were brought a bottle of mineral water, for which we were later charged $8. Two of us shared a bottle of Due Torre merlot, which cost $50 plus tax!! We ordered starters of soup of the day (Minestrone) and Salmon Tartare, main courses of Risotto Porcini, Risotto with vegetables and veal scallopine. The place was less than half-full, and waiters were rushing around looking very busy. After more than one hour, we had not received any food. My friend asked the waiter when we could expect to eat, and 10 minutes later, the starters finally appeared. The soup and Salmon Tartare were acceptable. After another wait of 30 minutes, my friend caught the waiter and gestured at his watch, to which the waiter replied "I'm not the cook!" Finally the main courses arrived. The Risotto Porcini was gluey and excessively salted. The veal scallopini was small but tender, and the vegetable risotto was acceptable. The staff seems to have perfected the art of ignoring the customer, never making eye contact. Needless to say, we did not order dessert, just coffee which was brought very quickly at this point, along with the bill for the overpriced meal. The food alone cost $116, which is way overboard for what we had. We won't be going back.
After the game we popped in for a snack; just me and my better half.
I love it when he orders because I get to taste everything.
A special order of grilled calmar with an order of bocconcini and tomato and a tartare di salmone.
We continued with a Veal Chop mushroom sauce and a Trilogia of Pasta.
My hubby wanted some Amarone Montresor for wine. Come to think of it I loved it too!
I heard they provide free parking for lunch and supper.
We had a craving for mushrooms.
We decided to get there very early around 4:30
WE began with grilled mushrooms .
Then we split a risotto porcini.
And after that veal scaloppini with
porcini and him the veal chop with mushrooms.
Since it was my birthday my hubby spoiled me with anoutstanding Brunello. Merci! Merci!
Will return. Parking free behind the restuarant enter from Drummond street next to CAA building.
Ossobucco was a melt in your mouth experience.
That night the chef was serving it with penne; which was a surprise at first since I love risotto . But the combination was a winner!
I have been going to il Compari Centro for years and it is my personnel opinion that il Comapri Centro offers the finest Italian cuisine in the city. The restaurant offers a warm, welcoming ambience. The food is not only delicious the portions are very generous and the vast wine selection for those who love wine like I do is a real treasure. The owner Peter is always there and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to wine or spirits. His wine celler is vast and cherry picked by Peter himself, a frequent visitor to the many famous and little known Italian wineries. He carries many vintages that he brings in exclusively. He runs the restaurant like a well oiled machine, you never find yourself looking for your waiter, all staff are trained to respond quickly, efficiently and with the aim to please. The food is beyond delicious.... many years of prefecting original receipes that have been handed down from generation to generation from the old country. Among my favourites Risotto Porcini, you can never have Risotto anywhere else after you have tasted this, Pasta Fagioli talk about comfort food this hearty meal is perfect for those cold winter nights. Another one of my favourite dishes is a giant shrimp dish with drizzled with a cream of mint sauce. Honestly I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant . I love the fact that parking is free and right next door as well. Try it out, I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
Propriétaire très avenant, chaleureux et soucieux de la satisfaction de sa clientèle. Restaurant que je recommande fortement et où j'amène régulièrement mes clients d'affaires.
Je comprend pourquoi le propriétaire qui se promène toute la soirée dans le restaurant ne demande à personne si on est satisfait. Très chere,le jeans est à l'honneur chez la clientèle.Portions insuffisantes et apprêt très ordinaire,vin inabordable,je ne suis pas assez riche pour me faire voler à ce point.
Portions minimales,prix extrêmement élevés,qualité de nourriture très ordinaire, bon service mais j'aurais apprécié que le serveur me rapporte ma monnaie...,aucune ambiance particulière.Carte des vins impressionante mais concue pour les millionnaires, la bouteille la moins dispendieuse pour du vin rouge est de $39.00. J'ai été attiré par leur publicité,...,très décevant et à la limite de ce que je peux appeler du vol. 2 salades César,un steak,une côte de veau ,2 cafés, le vin le moins dispendieux ,et pourboire :total,$185.00
My overall experience in this restaurant was horrible. The waiter sat us down before they offered us cushions for the cold iron chairs.
After my girlfriend and I ordered (waiting time of more than 10 minutes), our waiter asked us if we wanted anything to drink, which is normal in most restaurant. Not being such a wine person, I decided to go for the traditional "Water's fine." Throughout my whole life, I have never imagined a comeback to my comment, "Mineral water? Right away." Two minutes later, the waiter scurried back to us with a big bottle of "mineral" water, which cost us 8$ more than common free tap water.
When the food arrived in these huge plates, there are two things I noticed:
1. Portion was too small. I had cannelloni, which they offered three on the plate, each with a size no longer than 5 inches. For 24$, I have to say that this is a scam! It did not have any magical or new taste to it; they tasted just like the cannelloni fast food restaurant served.
2. They added a new leaf on top of my food for decoration. Nice little addition, except for the live caterpillar that is still gnawing on the leaf. When my plate arrived, I watched the little green bug writhing in pain as the heat of the tomato sauce engulfs it. I do not know too much Italian food, but I do not think they serve and eat live insects... I pointed it out to the waiter who appears to be clueless until he saw a live caterpillar on his customer's food. He just picked up the plate emotionless and returned it back to me with the leaf gone. Now, looking back at it, how did a live insect pass from the eyes of the cook, then marathoned its way to the hands of a waiter, who skillfully placed the plate in front of me without noticing a light green being moving around in the center of a reddish tomato sauce background?
I have to say, this is the first and last time I am going to this restaurant and I highly advise anyone with a hungry stomach not to eat here.