Campisi’s, Dallas, TX

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I had dinner at the Campbell and Coit location yesterday evening. I picked it basically by driving by and seeing the sign, and deciding on the spot that some Italian would be nice.

I ordered fettuccine alfredo with chicken. I asked if the chicken was grilled or sauteed, they said grilled, I asked for sauteed, I got grilled. Oh well. The meal was not bad. That’s not to say it was very good. The noodles were well cooked, the meal hot, the chicken OK. There was just not a lot of flavor to the meal. The alfredo did not exhibit the rich flavor I normally associate with the sauce. The noodles didn’t have much flavor beyond flour.

The tea was brewed, but weak.

So overall, I would go back to Campisi’s, but only if I were going with others and they suggested it. I would go a mile south to Cafe Amore first. My check was $13.80.

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3 Responses to “Campisi’s, Dallas, TX”

  1. Bill Chance Says:

    I’ve never been a fan of the Campisi’s in Richardson – it’s not bad… but nothing special. The Original Campisi’s down on Mockingbird, however, is a different story. The food there probably doesn’t live up to its reputation, but it has an ambiance that is unique in Dallas – sort of an old-world mafia Italian joint feel. It’s worth a visit for the history alone.

  2. Bill Hensley Says:

    Bill, thanks for the advice, I will check out the Mockingbird location.

  3. Tom Says:

    Yep! Campisi’s in Richardson is good for a quick pizza (which _can_ be something special if you do it up right), but the original is the place to go. There’re (or were last time I was there) 3 sections: (1) a new area that is pretty cheesy – glass wall to the world and much like a run-down version of the Richardson store; (2) the main area (where you normally enter) that is dark, full of booths (complete with juke box controllers that sometimes work; and (3) a large room, reasonably well let for open dining or private parties. Don’t forget to check out the portrait of old man Campisi himself in the 3rd room – in his golf outfit.

    The full name is actually “Campisi’s Egyptian Restaurant” in honor of the original name when it really was a bar and a local mob hangout – “Campisi’s Egyptian Room.”

    In the early 80s, dinner time at Campisi’s would result in a line that ran literally around the corner of the block – and waits of up to 2 hours. It also had the advantage of being next door to the original of Half Price Books, but they’ve moved (at least twice) and branched out since then. Old HPBs is now a couple of stores and parking….

    BTW, order your pizza with garlic. They use the real stuff.

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