When was the last time you went to a high end Italian restaurant in the Eastern Sierra? If you answered never it's because there aren't any! Until now that is! Campo up in MML at the Village just opened in November of 2012.

So we took the opportunity to drive up to Mammoth Lakes and have lunch there. Campo, by the way, loosely means the gathering place. And by the look of things it certainly is! People were eating and laughing both inside at the bar and outside in the patio. We chose the patio on a beautiful, warm, thunderstorm-driven day.

Starters involved a couple of Italian draft beers called Peroni. Medium gold, a beautiful frothy head and a clean and crisp, moderately hoppy flavor.

My wife, Montre, had a white porcelain bowl of tagliatelli with wild boar bolognese. The pasta was cooked perfectly, al dente, thick and chewy. It matched perfectly with the rich flavors of the ground boar. Everything was slightly tangy, spicy and was nicely complemented with a few shavings of Pecorino cheese.

I had a dish that is not easy to make well. A chicken and mushroom risotto. The arborio rice was cooked beautifully with a slightly crunchy texture and that juxtaposed the rich, slow-cooked creamy, buttery sauce. The chicken was masterly grilled along with the portabello mushrooms.

The lunch was finished with a delightful cherry sorbet which was light and smooth with the essence of Maraschino cherries.

Campo also serves dinner which includes their wood fire pizza made to your specifications.

Located in the Village at 6201 Minaret Road
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily
Call 760-934-0669