We recently had the opportunity to dine with some dear friends that are moving out of state. The restaurant of choice this time was Campagnia in NE Fresno.
Campagnia was recently awarded the title of “Best Fine Dining” restaurant by the California Restaurant Association, as well as the Best New Restaurant for 2002. They offer an eclectic menu of fantastic California cuisine prepared by award-winning Chef Floro Bugnosen. Chef Bugnosen was nominated as chef of the year in 2003 by the CRA.
Our dinner was outstanding. Between us we had the angel hair pasta with rock shrimp, fresh tomato, asparagus, and crisp applewood bacon in a light pesto sauce, sauteed salmon with gingered mango relish, stir fried baby bok choy, coconut steamed rice, and lemon grass butter sauce, a 16 oz. Angus ribeye steak with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, blue lake beans, porcini mushroom sauce, and gorgonzola-horseradish butter, and finally, crab cakes with spicy red cabbage slaw, fire roasted pepper coulis, and caper-dill remoulade (I had this appetizer with a delicious bowl of clam chowder for my dinner).
Their fresh bread with olive oil-balsamic-herbed dipping sauce is fantastic. Our friends also brought a bottle of 2002 Fait Accompli wine from Westbrook Farms in Madera. If you like a red, get a bottle of this wine.
Expect to spend about $60-$75 for dinner, dessert, and wine.
All in all this was a wonderful dining experience. The service was outstanding. The food was great. The setting was superb. If you get a chance, make some time to get to Campagnia.