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Food and family: the next step for the restaurant with the opening of Campano’s Cucina | News, Sports, Jobs

Food and family: the next step for the restaurant with the opening of Campano's Cucina |  News, Sports, Jobs

Krista Campano looked at the pictures of her grandparents on the wall of the restaurant she just opened. A tear came to his eye.

“I’m super excited to represent my family and their name,” she says. “I wish they were here.”

La Cucina de Campano on East Main Street in Fredonia, which opened on Friday, is a very personal thing for Krista.

He offers classic Italian recipes from and inspired by his late grandparents, Earl and Marion Campano.

“I was rolling meatballs at a small age,” she says.

WATCH Photos by MJ Stafford Krista Campano poses outside her new restaurant, Campano’s Cucina.

This led to a 25 year career in the restaurant business and a successful restaurant business. Campano stressed that she would retain that business and still offer functions at Rotunda Grapevine Farm, a popular site for wedding receptions.

La Cucina de Campano fulfills a lifelong dream for her. “I always wanted to have a restaurant” she says. “It had to be a perfect storm, and it was.”

Here’s how it happened: She planned her friend Bob Scudder’s daughter’s wedding and told her about her dream there. Scudder pointed out that he has a food court open in Fredonia, where he previously ran the Mustard Seed in a joint venture. Campano jumped at the chance and took it.

“They were more than accommodating, leaving us equipment, tables, chairs” she says. A few minor renovations have been made to the space, including a wooden bar built by Joe Michalak.

Environment is important, but food is what a restaurant is all about, and that’s what Campano wanted to talk about the most. She highlighted her lasagna with meat sauce and her zuppa di pesce, a seafood soup that is poured over a bed of linguini and “brings the wow factor.”

His pasta e fagioli soup is confirmed to be spectacular. Pieces of pancetta and a splash of beer make this simple good soup a memorable experience.

Influenced by her restaurant career, Campano also offers non-Italian dishes. There’s a pork belly appetizer with a mango-habanero sauce. Asian-inspired stir-fries are also on the menu.

A notable touch: Campano employs its own baker. This means fresh bread and desserts. In fact, she says, “people can order fresh cakes for special events.”

There’s also a full bar run by Gina Vecchio.

The Friday opening day was by reservation only and had three seats. The restaurant opened to the general public on Monday. It will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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