Campania Coal Fired Pizza
9824 4th Ave
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (347) 517-4868
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Italian
Area: Bay Ridge
Campania is a place you could easily fall in love with. It's dimly lit with bulky wooden tables and crystal chandeliers that offer just a bit of glam. It has a welcoming feel that's perfect for families and large groups.
The specialty of the house is coal-fired thin-crust pizza. The crust is more biscuit-like than what you would find on a traditional pie and has a nice crunch. Our pie held up well to a layer of mushrooms and prosciutto, while a clam pie had a nice brininess to it. Other toppings include sausage, meatballs, broccoli rabe, artichoke hearts and spinach.
The shrimp parmigiana hero is also worth seeking out. The shrimps are large topped with a thick layer of mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce. Sandwiches are served either on Italian bread or home-made focaccia. The mozzarella is also made in-house daily. On an earlier visit, a special of lobster ravioli also made for a filling meal.
A search of the menu also reveals baked clams, mussels in a spicy marinara sauce and fried calamari, along with nice asortment of salads (that could easily be shared), and calzones stuffed with ham or prosciutto.
If I had one complaint about Campania it would be the service. It can be slow to almost non-existent at times. But if you're not in a rush and enjoy sitting back with a nice glass of wine, Campania is the place to be.
Review By: Thomas Rafael