Campanile interior dining courtyard
|Street address||624 S La Brea Ave.|
Co-founded by Mark Peel, Nancy Silverton, and Manfred Krankl, Campanile Restaurant earned instant and continual acclaim during its 23 year reign as a destination for California cuisine. In 2001 Campanile won the James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Restaurant.
From mid 1989 until nearly 2013, Campanile occupied a landmark building at 624 South La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Built by Charlie Chaplin in 1929, the neglected building was discovered by Silverton’s mother and bought by her father, then enhanced and modernized to the vision of Campanile’s co-founders.
Five months before launching Campanile, the founders opened La Brea Bakery as part of the restaurant complex, to provide the quality breads they wanted to serve. “Like the bakery before it, the Campanile restaurant was a hit when it opened six months later. Silverton and Peel were well known from their stints at Spago and Michael's in Los Angeles. The press anticipated the opening. Customers waited weeks for a table. Annual sales exceeded $2 million right from the start.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Campanile, which opened in 1989, helped to shape the culinary landscape of Los Angeles, influencing so many of today’s chefs (many of whom passed through its kitchen).”
“The storied restaurant, with its distinctly American approach using top-quality farmers’ market ingredients, helped set the tone for Los Angeles dining in the 1990s,” wrote Betty Hallock. For more than two decades Peel served as Executive Chef at Campanile, where food critic Jonathan Gold observed that “It is hard to overstate Campanile’s contributions to American cooking, and “… Peel is still the most exacting grill chef in the country, a master who plays his smoldering logs the way that Pinchas Zukerman does a Stradivarius.”
In its November 1997 issue, Los Angeles Magazine said, “Arguably the best restaurant in L.A., Campanile—home to Nancy Silverton’s La Brea Bakery and local shrine to Mark Peel’s urban-rustic cuisine—continues to be solid yet innovative, comforting yet startling. The cedar-smoked trout with fennel salad; rosemary-charred lamb with artichokes, fava beans and olives; and the sour-cherry brioche are classic selections from a menu that changes daily.”
La Brea Bakery was sold in 2001 to Aryzta AG, the largest bakery company in the world.
In 2012, Campanile restaurant lost its lease and closed.
- Campanile in the Eighties (by Ruth Reichl): http://ruthreichl.com/2018/11/campanile-in-the-eighties.html/
- An Elegy for Campanile: https://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/an-elegy-for-campanile-2381940
- A last look at Campanile from kevinEats blog: http://www.kevineats.com/2012/10/campanile-los-angeles-ca.html
- Campanile closing? https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-gold-20120929-story.html
- Campanile regulars reminisce: https://www.scpr.org/news/2012/09/24/34398/campanile-regulars-restaurant-close-reopen-LAX/
- “Campanile—a restaurant so revered for its contributions to America’s culinary landscape that it spawned eulogies from food critics when it closed in 2012.”
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