You know there's a lot of buzz when many of the chefs in town are talking about the newest eatery in downtown Reno. We're of course talking about the highly anticipated Campo.
Mark Estee is such a fabulous chef and great restaurant owner, that when he decided two years ago he wanted to come to Reno, we couldn't wait to see where he ended up.
We're really excited to be here. The food has been really tasty. We've listened and learned from what our customers want and need.
What people have always wanted and needed in downtown Reno is a really good, affordable, neighborhood restaurant on the river. And that's what Mark says Campo is. In fact, Campo means gathering place in Italian. From the cool patio overlooking the Truckee River to the warm inviting interior, Campo is already a place attracting locals. "It's loud, it's got a hustling bustling feel to it. It's city-esque meaning there's always something going on here."
During weekday mornings, the bar doubles as a coffee bar - of course with homemade pastries.
Lunch is served Monday through Saturday starting at 11am and features homemade pastas, salamis, soups and sandwiches.
But Mark says no matter what time of day, this is the center piece of the food. "Campo's specialty is based on this lovely wood oven we have behind us. It's an Italian wood oven we have from Italy."
It cooks pizzas in 1,000 degree heat in just 90 seconds. But the most impressive part? Mark is VPN certified meaning he makes these pizzas the same way they did 400 years ago in Italy. "To get this thing a little more brown, I go up here where it's like 1,200 degrees and out comes the pizza."
"Easy as pie. I'll save you $1,500. You don't have to go to VPN training for that."
Mark also owns Moody's Bistro and Lounge in Truckee as well as two Burger Me's. But his desire to come to Reno made Campo a reality for him and a blessing for the rest of us.
Campo is located on N. Sierra Street in downtown Reno on the Palladio- right next to the Ole Bridge Pub.
Here's your tip.
They don't cut the pizza - they will if you ask, but it's meant to be pulled apart with your fingers. And the menu is so large, you'll have to check it for yourself on our website.