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About Corso Ristorante
Corso is the sister restaurant of Rivoli Restaurant, which Chef/Owner Wendy Brucker & GM/Owner Roscoe Skipper opened in 1994. Corso is a casual trattoria featuring the simple, rustic food of Florence, with a full bar & an all-Italian wine list. We serve dinner nightly.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking on Shattuck Ave. Unmetered 2 hour parking available on side streets - Delaware and Francisco.
Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk.
AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
rivoli offers a special prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve, cost is not yet available.
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Corso Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
I invited my boyfriend to dinner at Corso to celebrate his birthday. Food and service were fantastic but the environment was not festive enough for the occasion. Designed and decorated as an authentic Italian trattoria, the space is non-pretentious and bare bone which is fine for everyday dining but not for a special night like the one we had hoped for. My mistake for not checking! The drinks were awesome. Food was beyond delicious and service could not have been more gracious.
Food was excellent, a beautiful room. Downsides: gets very noisy by 6:30, and I had trouble finding a white wine I liked. Ended up trying tastes of four out of the six or so white wines by the glass. I guess I just didn’t like the style of the wines they serve, which just about never happens to me. There was no hint of fruit and they were all super super dry.
Definitely warrants a return! I’ll drink red next time.
We love this cozy spot. The service is professional and friendly. The prices are a good value, especially for the really nice food. Loved the orange, about, beet and fennel salad. The smoked trout farfalle with trout caviar was beautiful. My husband enjoyed the saltimboca. And, I had the best affogato ever!
I chose this place because I wanted to try their version of the bistecca alla Fiorentina. We had it for the first time in Florence (its origin) and it was the most amazing steak I’ve ever had...and it was no more than $40. Corso’s version... flavor was pretty darn close, but they cooked it medium well despite saying it would come to us medium rare. Huge difference. Plus, it cost twice as much and it was half the weight. We ordered sides and the orecchiette too... not bad but the portions were really small and cost a pretty penny . I’m sure the ingredients weren’t THAT unique or special. Service was good.
Refined Tuscan Italian food, delicious! Recommend all the pasta dishes, especially the fettuccine with bolognese. Do not miss the baked polenta side dish, or the broccoli rabe. The desserts are all fabulous but we mostly gravitate to the panna cotta (best we have had). The atmosphere is warm and cozy and vibrant, the service is perfection.
Fabulous as always. Service is top notch. Food is delicious. The pastas, branzino, and polenta are superb. Great wine list and cocktail selection. They actually read my note in Open Table indicating we were celebrating a birthday. The last two places where I made a note completely ignored it. So kudos to Corso for being excellent!
I sent my parents here for my moms birthday and they had a wonderful time. I had heard good things from a friend, and it lived up! The restaurant was helpful in coordinating (I left my card number with them) and I only heard good things. They loved the crostini, fungi and salads, as well as delicious breads and gelato with limoncello for dessert. Winner all around.
Surprisingly tart funghi, yet delicious; very crisp lattuga. I've never had as fresh a spaghetti as I did here, and the swordfish was also well-seasoned. The panna cotta is a must here - I rarely order dessert, and when I do, I rarely finish it - here I ordered one all to myself and ate all of it :)
Great little restaurant. They make their own pasta and everything was delicious. But beware, they use a lot of anchovies in their cooking. Not a problem for me but may be for others. I had a magnificent branzino, fresh grilled that was really divine. Interesting restaurant. Very Authentically Italian.
Italian food at its Best!!! Homemade pasta mixed with amazing fresh ingredients. Everything we ate from the salted cod and scallops to risotto and gnocchi were a mouth watering delight! I would highly recommend this place. Fit for foodies for sure. Creative cocktails too!!! One of the best flourless chocolate cakes I have ever had. Great find. We will be going back soon!!
This is now our favorite restaurant in Berkeley, although I have to admit that we haven't tried them all yet. We loved Rivoli, but Corso is closer to campus, where my husband is teaching, and the food is just as good as Rivoli's, if not better. My husband loved his vegetarian lasagna (he called it spectacular and he never praises food like that - he doesn't like to analyze food, and claims he only eats to stay alive). Service was terrific, too. My duck livers weren't cooked enough (I don't like raw liver) and my lamb leg special was just okay, but the sherry vinaigrette under it and the tian was delicious.
The branzino was very good despite its charred skin. There was no assistance given in deboning the whole fish (as I have enjoyed in other restaurants at more moderate prices). The arugula accompaniment was good too but didn't seem to fit the dish. I loved my bubbly glass of Prosecco from the Valdobiaddenne.
My in-law is gluten and dairy free. They were from out of town. My husband and I new Corso would be great in accommodating with my mother in law's diet needs. She was very pleased that evening with her dinner and the waiter that helped us.
We are a huge fan. Thank you.
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