Going to Campanelli’s is like going over to your bad cousin’s for lunch. A sandwich counter, coffee spot, clothing store and forefather of St-Henri lunch eateries where the juicy meatball sandwich and smooth coffee make me easily feel at home.
Nonna’s for hours prepared traditional sauce and meatballs every Sunday – Campanelli’s rendition is thankfully available all week long. A sandwich made with veal meatballs first soaked in milk then cooked raw in San Marzano tomato sauce, layered with provolone and parmesan on soft crust ciabatta ($ 9). Or the deluxe if you care to add mortadella and hot peppers ($ 10.60). While I gawk and steal a bite whenever I can, I instead go fresh with the brie, apple and homemade honey mustard, tomato and olive oil drizzled counterpart.
While I wait for a seat and my order, I take a tour of the cool skater/snowboarder clothes shop next door. They carry brands like Brixton and Penfield, sell knives and camper patches and visually stimulates too with taxidermy, a pool table center and well-styled displays.
Pop in for lunch or just a coffee but know that Campanelli perfectly delivers on both.
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