The old Campanile has turned into République. Chef and owner Walter Manzke, is the only chef that could coax me into a second dinner. The four of us had a ball and were welcomed and greeted by the chef himself and his warm smile. Not only is the food and wine out of this world but the playlist on a Monday night kept us haunting the place til midnight.
When they brought out the Sourdough baguette with creamy farm fresh, lightly salted butter, and a pot of pan drippings, I knew my pants were shrinking on me. Dinner was yummy. From the Beef Short Ribs, Wood Oven Brussel sprouts, Duck and strawberry terrine on crostini toasts and eventually the Devine Chocolate cake which won OCWino’s vote on Best Dessert for Valentines Day, our night was complete.