Quick Chop - Pizza & Pasta at The Campania Club

Campania Sports and Social Club - 5 Famechon Crescent, Modbury North, SA

The Campania Club is an Italian Club that has been servicing the Italian community in Adelaide for over 40 years. Incidentally, I (Nathan) have been going to the Campania Club for 30 or so of those years. My family was very heavily involved in the club, especially my grandparents, cooking in the kitchen, serving at the bar or organising Bocce. It was only fitting that recently when we were there for a family dinner, I should write something up!

On a Friday night, the Bistro is super busy. There is room for over 100 people, and most Friday and Saturday nights, it's full. There's also a small children's playground in the corner and a games room for entertainment. The main focus of the club's menu is pizza and pasta. There are some additional dishes including antipasto and fish but we usually stick to the pizza and pasta. I've had many many a pizza, but this review will focus on my two favourite items - The Campania Pizza, and the Cicatelli with Bolognese sauce.

 Cicatelli with Bolognese sauce - $13
I always like to start with a bowl of the Cicatelli. You can have it with Neapolitan or Bolognese sauce. The pasta is handmade by one of the ladies in the kitchen (also a family member) and is everything fresh pasta should be. It's silky and smooth and the texture is spot on - I choose the Cicatelli as it's a bit thicker and heavier, and I like that it has a bit of 'chew', and that the sauce runs between the little twists, coating the pasta. The sauce is delicious, sweet and full of tomato flavour - as close as I have ever had to my grandma's homemade sauce. Sprinkle on some fresh parmesan and eat. Maybe even go back for seconds.

Campania Pizza - $12
My favourite pizza on the menu is the Campania. It's very simple, Mozzarella, Salami, Mushrooms and Tomato. The bases aren't the traditional Neapolitan wood oven style, they're a little thicker, with less aeration. What this results in is a pizza that's a little more dense, allowing for more time to be spent eating it before it is a sloppy mess. I think it's a good balance that supports a table sharing a few pizzas. The salami is fresh and cooked enough to get a nice crunchy edge, the mushrooms provide a bit of earthiness and the mozzarella is thick and stretchy.

If you're looking for a little taste of Italy, from some very experienced Italian cooks, then head on into the Campania Club for a great bowl of pasta and a delicious pizza.

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