I've always taken pride in the fact I have no cavities, but that could change if I pay many more visits to Campitelli's in Brea. Every time I walk past, something draws me inside. Is it the sweet smell emanating from the interior, conjuring up images of a granny out the back, lovingly crafting her confections? No—there is no such smell. But there may well be a granny, given that this is a family-run company.
And it's nothing to look at from the outside, just an average sandwich shop (selling average sandwiches, I might add).
It's the cookies, pure and simple. Campitelli's has built its reputation on them, and I can see why. One bite and I was hooked. And at $1.25 a pop (or $12.95 for a dozen), I can afford to be.
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There are around a dozen varieties. They're all addictive, but the winners are undoubtedly the toffee and the macadamia nut with white chocolate chips, both crammed with top-quality fillings. The oatmeal raisin and the more unusual chocolate chip walnut are also pretty good, while the peanut butter has the perfect salt-to-sweet ratio. The cinnamon sugar, with no filling, is pure unadulterated stodge. Heaven.
Texture-wise, they're soft—some might say too soft, in which case a half-hour in the fridge does the trick. Just don't leave them there over a long weekend by accident (a hypothetical situation, of course)—they'll be rock hard when you return.
In a world gone franchise crazy, it's refreshing to see this kind of place surviving.
Campitelli's, 924 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, (714) 990-2869. Also at 5557 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, (714) 974-2884