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Italian Restaurant Campono Opens at the Watergate


Longtime D.C. chef Bob Kinkead opens a new casual Italian eatery called Campono today in the Watergate, not far from the Kennedy Center.

The restaurant, formerly home to Cup ‘a Cup ‘a, gets its name from a village in the Marche region of Italy where Kinkead has family. The menu features hot and cold subs, salads, and pizzas plus house-made gelato and sorbets.

Among the sandwiches (all $10 or less) is a veal, beef, and pork meatball sub with marinara sauce, provolone, and mozzarella as well as the “Palermo” with tuna conserve, olive oil, artichoke, egg, arugula, roasted peppers, and tapenade.

Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked in an 800-degree wood-burning oven, are split between “rosso” and “bianca,” including one with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and olives and another with freshly shucked and chopped clams, pancetta, Calabrian chilies, and caramelized onions. You can also choose your own toppings and even go gluten-free. All pizzas are available in small and large sizes, or by the slice. (Larges range from $13 to $20.) Everything on the menu can be ordered to-go.

The 55-seat restaurant with 40-seat patio is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.). In the mornings, look out for breakfast pizzas, quiches, plus your more standard bagels and pastries.

Campono is located adjacent to Kinkead’s other restaurant, Ancora, which is temporarily closed for renovations.

Check out more photos of the space below:




Campono, 600 New Hampshire  Ave. NW; (202) 505-4000;

Photos courtesy Campono

  • Just Sayin’

    Did he ever pay the staff he stiffed when he closed his previous restaurant?

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  • belinskaya

    Maybe they're responsible for the "broccoli rage".

  • Jessica Sidman

    @belinskaya damn autocorrect. Fixing now.

  • Dave

    Been there. Campono is good. The food is really, really good.