Okay! Everyone has his or her opinion on Italian food. I know some folks who prefer other Italian restaurants, but my favorite on the west side of Fort Worth is Campisi’s. I’ve given it a five star rating because it meets my expectations for a neighborhood Italian restaurant to a tee. Is it perfect? No, but no restaurant is perfect. Even the local favorites in which I’ve eaten in several northeastern “Little Italy” neighborhoods do not bat a thousand.
What I like about Campisi’s Fort Worth is the consistency and the fact the menu does not try to be avant-garde. Campisi’s seems to strive for consistency, and one way to achieve that is to keep the menu stable. I could stay away for two years, and my favorite dishes would probably taste the same.
Here are some of my favorites for your consideration. The calamari appetizer is as good as any place I can think of. Their house salad is nothing special, but it is consistent and their house-made dressing is great. The Olive Topped Salad, which is the house (chopped ice berg/ with house dressing) with chopped green olive topping is a great salad to split if one wants to eat at the bar, having salad and appetizers.
I cannot speak to their other pizzas, but the meat supreme is excellent. I order the small, with salad and maybe an appetizer to share. I have a great meal then, take half of the pizza home and have a great meal later. Their marinara and meat sauces are excellent. Meat balls rival those at any other place I can think of, and the seasoning in the sausage is not over powering.
The only complaint, if there is one, is slightly inconsistent service at times. I have never experienced bad service, but as with any individual restaurant or small chain, servers come and go. Occasionally, a less than stellar one sneaks in. On the other hand, it seems this management team takes care of their good employees, and one can expect most of the staff to be familiar faces if Campisi’s is one of your regular stops.
If it is just the two of us, we like to sit in the bar area or at the bar. It is a bit less noisy, and the bar staff backs up the servers.
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