What to Eat at Campo Pizzeria, Opening December 19 in Palo Alto

The house-made fennel sausage pizza with tomato, smoked mozzarella, peperonata, and scallions.
The house-made fennel sausage pizza with tomato, smoked mozzarella, peperonata, and scallions. Photo: Courtesy of Campo Pizzeria

Squeaking in just before Christmas will be Campo Pizzeria, the new Peninsula project from well known S.F. chef Sean O’Brien. As we learned in October, the former Myth and Zinnia chef, who landed on Food & Wine’s Best New Chef list in 2007 before disappearing two years later following the closure of Zinnia, has been making a living as a private chef the past few years. Now he’s working with the team behind Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay and San Mateo’s Osteria Coppa to open Campo Pizzeria in Palo Alto. The opening is set for December 19, and today we have the draft menu, which includes a variety of intriguing sounding salads, pizzas, pastas, and entrées. We’ll point out, too, that all that private-cheffing seems to have made O’Brien sensitive to the gluten aversion, and all the pizzas and pastas will be available in gluten-free versions. Also, Peninsula residents should note that they’re doing a free soft opening event on December 16 for everyone who likes them on Facebook.

Campo Pizzeria - Opening Menu

Warm marinated mixed olives orange, lemon, mint, oregano with rosemary nuts 6
Fritto misto of rock shrimp, romano beans, fennel, smoked paprika, lemon aioli 12
Veal and pork meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan, grilled bread 10
Caesar salad, romaine, anchovy, lemon, garlic, crouton crumbs, Parmesan 10/15
Raw kale salad, roasted squash, almonds, pecorino, mustard dressing 10
Campo chopped salad, romaine, radicchio, salami, caciocavallo cheese, pepperoncini, chic peas, moscatel vinaigrette 10/15

Braised octopus, chic peas, potatoes, pickled fennel, chili oil 12
Yellowfin ahi tuna crudo, fennel, cucumber, orange, preserved lemon vinaigrette 12
Salumi plate salami de cacao, spicy soft nduja, bresaola, pickled vegetables 13
Bruschetta, grilled Acme Italian bread with:
House made cow ricotta & honey 8
Chicken liver mousse & bacon 8
Roasted peppers & anchovies 8
Mushroom soup, leeks, Madeira, croutons 9

Mozzarella Bar
5 oz warm House stretched mozzarella curd, persimmons, fig balsamic, flatbread 10
4 oz Di Stefano Burrata, beech mushrooms, sunchoke chips, arugula, grilled bread 13
4.4 oz Italian Tre Stelle mozzarella di Bufala Campania, pistachio pesto, bread 13
4 oz marinated Ciliegine balls, garlic, parsley, basil, chili flakes, oregano, evoo 8

Margherita, DiNapoli tomato sauce, fior di latte, evoo, basil 13
Four cheese, fior di latte, Parmesan, ricotta, fontina, tomato, pesto 15
Charred Brussels sprouts, bacon, ricotta, garlic cream, chili oil, lemon 16
Shaved broccoli, fior di latte, garlic cream, black olives, chili flakes, capers 15
Prawn “cocktail”, tomato, mozzarella, pancetta, horseradish, basil 18
House pork fennel Sausage, tomato, smoked mozzarella, pepperonata, scallions 16
Mixed Mushrooms, spinach, tomato, mozzarella, garlic, red onion 16
Petaluma’s Zoe’s Pepperoni (nitrite free), tomato, mozzarella 15
Marinara, Tomato, garlic, oregano, evoo 11

Gluten free crust add 3 - Daiya vegan cheese add 2

Add-ons ($2): Anchovies, egg, capers, arugula, bufala mozzarella, mushrooms, Calabrian chilies, broccoli, raw red onions

Veal osso buco Agnolotti, lemon, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano 11/17
Seared potato Gnocchi, mascarpone, butter sauce, amaretti 10/16
Pumpkin Tagliatelle, shrimp, truffle Madeira cream 12/18
Fusili casareccia, tomato sausage ragu, kale, Pecorino, breadcrumbs 10/16

Organic 100% corn gluten free Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta also available

Grilled Creekstone skirt steak, roasted cipollini onions, crushed potatoes, salsa verde 24
Roasted boneless chicken, braised vegetables, bacon, rosemary sauce 19
Spicy shellfish stew, clams, mussels, prawns, fregola, saffron, tomato-lobster broth 22
Grilled swordfish, puttanesca sauce, capers, anchovy, olives, Calabrian chilies 24

Baby Carrots, thyme, honey 6
Roasted Cauliflower, lemon, capers, Parmesan 6
Yams, chili oil, lemon 6
Crushed Potatoes, evoo, rosemary salt 6

Desserts and cheese
Apple Crostata, vanilla ice cream, apple cider glaze 8
Bomboloni, cinnamon-sugar Donuts, Italian hot chocolate 8
Frangelico Mousse, hazelnuts, caramel 8
Organic Straus Soft serve, vanilla or chocolate 5
with toasted sliced almonds, caramel or chocolate sauce 1 each
Citrus almond cake, vanilla ice cream, candied kumquats 8
Cacio Di Fossa / Tuscany / semi-firm sheep / pear chutney 8 (Cheese plate)

Porchetta sandwich, roast loin and pork belly, giardinera, fontina, crusty roll 10
CAMPO BLT, smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, romaine, pesto, ricotta, ciabatta 9
Veal and pork Meatball sandwich, tomato sauce, mozzarella 10
Roasted pulled Chicken sandwich, pesto, smoked mozzarella, arugula 10

Sandwich or pasta and with a cup of soup or salad 12

Pizzetta…an individual size of our regular pizzas 11

Fried mini mozzarella balls, marinara sauce 8
Spaghetti, tomato sauce, meatballs 10 (or just butter and cheese 9)
~Organic 100% corn gluten free Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta also available
Mini Caesar salad 5
Grilled Chicken tenders, potatoes and broccoli 10

Sunday Roast: Brined pork loin, creamy polenta, broccoli rabe, mustard sauce 20

Campo Pizzeria - 185 University Place (at Emerson), Palo Alto - 650-614-1177

What to Eat at Campo Pizzeria, Opening December 19 in Palo Alto