Award-winning cookies baked fresh from scratch on the premises all day long!

Our Story

When Joanne Pristow married band teacher/music performer Joseph Campitelli in 1954, she wasn’t crazy about taking on the name Campitelli.  Many years later, she laughed when she realized she was now proud of the family name when she opened Campitelli Wine & Cheese in Brea in 1980.

After raising her four children, Joanne’s endless energy along with her entrepreneurial upbringing, was the perfect combination to start up a small family business.

She decided to open a gourmet wine and cheese shop so she could have a retail store, but also do catering on the side.  Even though it was against the norm, she insisted on having an oven to bake her made from scratch cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes, etc. to offer with strombolis, pepperoni rolls, and fresh-sliced deli sandwiches. (She said she didn’t want her store to “stink” like cheese!)

Her oldest son, Kirk, and her daughter, Kristie, had already made their way into the working world, but her son, Keith, became her right-hand man helping her run this location for many years.  Her youngest daughter, Karen, had just started college and would work whenever she could, making her specialty — chocolate chip cookies — to add to the desert line up.  And yes, the cookies became more and more popular and Campitelli Wine & Cheese eventually evolved into Campitelli Cookies & Sandwiches.

Although Joanne’s husband Joe was extremely busy with his music and his job as band director at Ladera Vista Junior High in Fullerton, he would always be there for moral support and help out in a pinch.

A lot has happened in our history.  We have sold cookies wholesale to American Airlines, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Cal Poly Pomona, Mount San Antonio College, and AM/PM.  We have won numerous contests and awards, including First Place Best in the West KIIS FM (beating out Mrs. Fields and Famous Amos.)  We even made a gigantic cookie to help celebrate the opening of Toontown at Disneyland.  President Reagan even sent his secretary in regularly to bring him cookies.

After Karen finished Cal State Fullerton, she spent a few years pursuing a career in her degree, but like her mother, she couldn’t ignore that entrepreneurial drive inside of her and opened the Anaheim Hills location in 1987.  Ironically, her daughter, Amy, after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017, is following suit and is now managing this location.

Karen’s son, Kyle, is pursuing his passion for music, like his Grandpa Joe, but is also an important part of the business.  Her husband, Eric, a retired loss control consultant, can sometimes be seen lending a hand in between his substitute teaching gigs. (Could there possibly be a Campitelli food truck in his future?)

The Brea location had many good years, but Joanne’s well-deserved retirement and Keith’s desire to fulfill other interests resulted in the bittersweet decision to close its doors.

Not only do we have fond memories of the past, we have bright hopes for the future.  We are very excited to have a new addition to the family — the Rosenthal’s.  Ryan, a long-time employee of the Anaheim Hills location, has opened a store in Placentia to carry on the Campitelli name.  They are definitely doing us proud earning New Business of the Year, City of Placentia 2018.

Like any business, we have had and will continue to have challenges to face over the years.  “Adapt and Overcome” has become our motto.  With the love and help of family, friends, and staff, we have beat the odds and look forward to many more good years to come!