I love it when passionate people sell me, quite passionately, a restaurant. This is what happened with Camporosso in Ft. Mitchell, KY. A friend of a friend, raved about Camporosso; in fact, she was quite surprised I had neither been nor heard of it. I could tell from her sales pitch, I needed to rectify that situation as quickly as possible because if I loved it half as much as she did, I’d have new favorite pizza place! Since then, I’ve been a few times. While Camporosso isn’t brand new, it’s less than two years old, and in the restaurant business, that’s young.
It took all of about five minutes for my personal love affair to commence. The waiter, without me asking, offered to whip up a mocktail for this nondrinker! What?! Yep . . . smitten. Cheers to old friends and new friends! Cheers to red wine, bourbon cocktails, and fruity mocktails! Cheers to the start of a great meal!
Wood-fired oven imported from Italy!
Camporosso is known for wood-fired pizza; each pizza is fired in their authentic oven imported from Italy. The dough is handmade Neapolitan dough and the fresh mozzarella is made in-house daily. If you sit at the bar you can watch them kneading and rolling the dough. During my various visits I’ve tried (and loved) the following:
- Classic Margherita: crushed san marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, EVOO
- Sopressata Hot Honey: crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sopressata salami, local hot honey
- The Pepper & the Pig: crushed tomatoes, peppadew peppers, wild boar salami, fresh mozzarella
- Buffalo Chicken and Bacon: buffalo sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, shredded mozzarella
I am by no means an expert in wood-fired or Neapolitan pizza, but I do know what tastes good and I do know this pizza exceeded my expectations. The ingredients are fresh, the crust is crispy and doughy in all the right places, and the pizzas are simple, yet artisan. My friend Korie went super traditional with the Margherita because she just finished watching a special on Neapolitan pizza and evidently, the Margherita pizza is THE classic way to go (san marzaon tomatoes and all)! She was not disappointed. I crushed the Sopressata; the hot honey added a touch of sweet to the crust and I could not get enough.
In a second visit, I ordered The Pepper & The Pig (crushed tomatoes, peppadew peppers, wild boar salami, mozzarella) and loved it! I’m so glad because I really wanted to try it as well as the Prosciutto & Fig (prosciutto, fig jam, gorgonzola, arugula).
If you begin a meal with drinks, there is an unspoken rule which states that you must conclude with dessert. I’m sure I read that somewhere. We decided to share the S’more Calzone. This was so rich it was wrong. Wrong in all the sweet, gooey, messy, amazing ways that a S’more should be!
Clearly, I’m in love and I cannot wait to go back again! The environment is lovely, the staff is friendly, and when the weather is warmer, the outdoor patio will be ready for me!