Co-founders Paul and Julie Shenkman, share a deep passion for authentic Italian food from their many travels through Europe. Inspired by the vibrancy of Palo Alto, they created Campo 185 as a place for friends and family to enjoy a delicious Italian meal with warm hospitality.
Culinary entrepreneur Paul Shenkman began his restaurant journey as founder and original proprietor of Half Moon Bay's Pasta Moon, and he was himself the chef there for several years. Julie joined him to open his next venture, Cetrella, which they owned until 2006, and which rapidly became a national success featured in Gourmet Magazine. The couple then opened New England style oceanfront restaurant Sam's Chowder House which they currently operate, along with its mobile food truck, Sam's ChowderMobile. Featured on NBC's The Today Show, and Best of the Bay TV, the restaurant earned top three "Best Outdoor Dining" restaurants from San Francisco Magazine, and Sam's ChowderMobile has been featured on The Discovery Channel's Top Ten Fab Food Trucks on "Best Food Ever". In 2010 they opened San Mateo restaurant Osteria Coppa, recommended by the Michelin Guide, and named by Zagat as "10 Hot New Restaurants in the Bay Area".
Lewis Rossman, partner at Campo 185, has contributed to the success of some of the Bay Area's top dining spots, garnering three stars and a “Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant” award from the San Francisco Chronicle several years in a row. Under his culinary leadership as Executive Chef and Partner at Sam's Chowder House, this popular Bay Area hotspot has garnered many awards. As opening team member and later Executive Chef of Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, California, he won many accolades, including "Culinary Hospitality Restaurant of the Year" in the U.S. by Sante Magazine. As Chef de Cuisine at Acquerello, rated one of Wine Spectator's "10 Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.", Rossman worked closely with award-winning chef Suzette Gresham. Today, Rossman participates in the overall management of Sam's Chowder House, Sam's Chowdermobiles, Osteria Coppa, and Campo 185 as partner in each venture.