Campisi’s

Delicious Italian, built on handshakes and hellos

A Dallas favorite has made its way over to Lubbock, where owner David Campisi got a degree in RHIM from Texas Tech! Visit Campisi’s on 82nd and Quaker. They even deliver (within an 8 mile radius), and you can order online! Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily. Two words come to mind when describing this restaurant to a new audience: Commitment and hospitality. Read on to see why…

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We were invited to a sneak peek of the restaurant on Sunday evening, before it opened its doors to the public on Monday. Right as we walked in, we knew we were in for a great experience. The dim lighting and black/white/red decor gave it a lounge-y, relaxing vibe that is like no other restaurant in our area. The full bar is beautiful (yes, there are TVs) with white subway tile flooring. The service was top notch, the cocktails were delicious, and the food was amazing! Heavy hors d’oeuvres were passed around throughout the night: bruschetta, lasagna, various types of pizza, toasted ravioli, meatballs, and more. Other menu items include salads, all types of pasta selections, chicken dishes, veal dishes, pizzas, and desserts. The wine selection is plentiful, and we tried a delicious lemon drop martini and vanilla lemon drop martini.

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Photo Credit: Campisi's Instagram
Photo Credit: Campisi’s Instagram

Mr. Campisi said a few kind words about his family background, a little bit about their history (their first restaurant opened in 1946!), and their plans for making a difference right here in the Hub City. Before their doors were even officially open, his staff (raised entirely by the employees) presented a check to the South Plains Food Bank for $2,500. We can expect to see this kind of charitable giving and community commitment from Campisi’s… you can tell that hospitality is definitely in their blood. At the sneak peek, we heard over and over again how Campisi’s was built on handshakes and hellos. We aren’t surprised that it’s already getting rave reviews … this restaurant comes with a big reputation that they meet on a foundation of great food and service. Go find out what all the fuss is about and let us know what you think!

8 comments

  1. Schahara Hudelson

    Wait several months for them to get it together

    Upon arrival, the staff was very cordial but over done with five welcomes. The temperature was too cool and had to get a jacket from car. It was also very dark in the middle of the day. Our waiter, while kind, was new and inexperienced as you will see later.: This means not enough training time for staff. The music was a good selection but too loud to be able to converse. The building was hardly full, probably 1/8-1/4 full, yet as a couple we were seated between two other two seater tables. This is far too close to carry on a private conversation. We ordered lasagne, salad, and bread. The salad was saturated and wilted from too much salad dressing and Parmesan. The lasagne was not hot but warm. It was good but not outstanding. The bread was cold. We asked for hot bread twice. It arrived after all portions had been eaten. We took two bites of an unsavory slice of bread. We broke our own rule by going too soon after an opening date. I hope this review is helpful.

  2. Alexa

    Hopefully you’ll give them a second chance! We’ve been back again and had another great experience.

    -The LITL Team

  3. Schahara Hudelson

    That is a lame reply.

  4. Alexa

    Schahara, not sure if you mentioned your experience to Campisi’s management while you were visiting, but if not feel free to do so by calling (806) 701-5000 or by reaching out to them on social media. I’m sure they’d like you to give them another try to give you the dining experience you want.

    -The LITL Team

  5. Schahara Hudelson

    I stopped by the hostess table on the way out and asked if they had a card to fill out. She said, “No.” I said,”Too bad. I have some suggestions for you.” She just turned around and walked away.

  6. Perfect experience.

    We had a much better experience and loved it. I had a pizza and she had the chicken parm. Our server was great and the food was also great.
    The crispy ravioli was so good, I liked the cheese better than the beef.

    Will be back for sure.

  7. Steve

    Beats all Italian in Lubbock, easy.

    We had a great experience there- my family was invited as part of the soft opening. The food was great, and the staff was overly friendly. This may come as a turn off for some, but we understood they want to be as welcoming as possible.

    We sampled quite a few items, including the bruschetta, meatballs, lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, and grilled chicken piccata. My wife loved the grilled chicken piccata, and the lasagna was the best I’ve had in Lubbock. Yes, that isn’t saying much for Lubbock, but I’ve never cared for anything at Orlando’s and Italian Garden is a bit of a drive from the south side. The meatballs were good, but had an interesting flavor (possibly anise or fennel?). I can’t say I’ve every had a meatball like it.

    All in all, the food was good, the atmosphere was good, and from what I saw of the prices, it’s very comparable and competitive for the area. We will certainly be back!

  8. Tory Duda

    “Too bad I have some suggestions for you.”
    Well did you talk to the manager? You were instigating. What was this host SUPPOSED to say to you? “Oh please ma’am, I’d love to hear your ‘suggestions’ that’s what I get paid for! So please lay it on me! It’s not like this restaurant is corporate owned or run by some other that’s not me, and I have every say so in the world.”
    Please, just keep THIS KIND of negative review to yourself. From reading everything you’re writing, you’re attacking other reviewers who don’t even work there. You also didn’t consult any kind of management. So please, learn some constructive criticism. Nobody likes a snide ‘guest’ that doesn’t even invest in there own experience.

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