'Republic' owner expands his domain; Campo Enoteca features Italian cuisine
The co-owner of the Republic restaurant recently unveiled Campo Enoteca, an Italian restaurant with a Rome vibe.
The two restaurants — separated by 120 paces — are “different in approaches, different in cuisines and different in look,” he said.After six weeks of opening at 969 Elm St., “Campo is cash positive,” Aloise said. “All the cash responsibilities of Campo are being met by the Campo current cash flow.”And “Republic is extraordinarily successful,” Aloise said of the 4-year-old restaurant. “The marketplace has been very generous to us and very appreciative to us.”Recent Campo diner Dan Greenleaf said the restaurant was a bit noisy for his taste, but he liked the non-cookiecutter environment.
Republic, 1069 Elm St., gets its beef from Epping, its milk from Haverhill and its fish from the Atlantic.
“Republic is a Pan Mediterranean restaurant and is totally committed to locally sourced products and regionally sourced and food that is outside the normal distribution system,” said Aloise, who formerly owned the Milltowne Grill for nearly two decades at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
“Out of the cow today and in the bottle tomorrow and sometimes that day,” May said.
“Compo, you have to spend time in Rome to be able to copy that and do it truthfully,” Aloise said.
“It’s based around a lot of different flavors and smaller portions. Everything is set up to best be shared and tasted,” Aloise said. “There isn’t a big focus on entrees. There’s no veal Parmesan. There’s no chicken Parmesan.”
The average check per person, including alcohol, runs in the “low 20s” at Republic and “low 30s” at Campo.
Republic generates 30 percent of its sales from specials listed on a blackboard: three to five choices for lunch and four to six for dinner.
In contrast, “Campo has more of a static menu with the pastas,” he said.Aloise said it was easier to manage two restaurants when he can walk from one to the other in less than two minutes.