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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
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.
Wife, son and me. Menu seemed just slightly on the too limited side. Opened with a Salumi board that was flavorful; an interesting mix of meats, cheese, pickles, peppers. Also had sauteed mushrooms; tender, served room temp; better than avg. Tomato soup was very flavorful but could have used more spice. Wife liked her canneloni, large portions. Son and I thought our lamb chops were good but nothing special. The Sundae was delicious, and enough for 3 of us to share. We brought our own special occasion wine, but were not charged corkage when two flies showed up on my son's glass and the wine in the glass had to be tossed. Comped us a glass of delicious desert wine . Service was attentive but stretched thin. Could have used one more body on the floor. Total cost with 20% tip about $300. We dine out frequently and have for many years. There are other places that for the same price provide better value, but Corso is not so far off the mark as to be ruled out of that category. We may return again.
Lively evening with excellent food; servers helpful, knowledgeable and not overbearing. Baked polenta marvelous as was calamari, spinach and chicken liver pate on crostini. Others in our party liked the tombo tuna and the special pork dish. Chocolate budino for dessert delectably decadent and not too dense. Noise level often a problem at Corso in the evening, but we managed to have a four way conversation.
Our dinner was beyond delicious!!! We shared the pasta with pork sugo as an appetizer and it was incredible! Two of us had the chicken breast roasted in butter...heavenly (I had this the last time we ate here and could not forget it-it is SO good), one had the tuna, and the other the lamb chops. Everyone loved what they had ordered. Dessert was a hot fudge sundae with 4 spoons. Everyone on the staff was helpful and accommodating. We can't wait to come back again!
Service was efficient, but kitchen was a little slow (very busy at 5:15 PM on this past Sunday). The grilled branzino was perfection; my favorite preparation. Roero Arneis was very flavorful. Spinach side was fab. Ice cream Sundae with Amarena cherries was amazing!
There were 3 of us. We had chicken under a brick, the pansotti, and the orecchiette (pork sausage, manila clams). I don't normally order pasta at restaurants because it's so easy to cook it at home, but the 2 pastas were fabulous, as was the chicken. The latugga, a Caesar-like salad, was very good. Think BayWolf's old Caesar. They have recently hired BayWolf's old chef, Louis, a great talent in the kitchen. Very good service also.
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