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Corso changed hands and is now Via del Corso. Many things are the same-- the interior, some of the wait staff, the positive energy. The biggest change that I noticed is that the food portion sizes are quite large. I actually liked the smaller portion...sizes served when the restaurant was Corso. Smaller portions meant I could try more items. Our table of four, gave mixed reviews to the food. My spinach salad with persimmons was very, very good as was my red pasta with shrimp. The gnocchi with a gorgonzola sauce was also delicious. The pappardelle with a duck sauce lacked flavor and the bean salad was an entree size portion and tasteless. One person thought the gem lettuce salad was overdressed.More
The first bites of my steak were too tough to chew. It was too dark in the restaurant to see and to avoid the gristle, so I took the rest of the steak home. It was very hard to find any edible bites, even under...full bright light. Most expensive ($60) and worst steak I ever had.More
We had dinner before attending the theater, so we arrived when the restaurant was quite empty and quiet. We had Pollo al Burro--delicious but sitting in a bed of melted butter (if you have cholesterol issues you may want to skip this dish). The Tagliatelle...was good, portion on the small side. The side of Polenta was very good. The Panna Cotta for dessert was delicious. By the time we were to leave, the restaurant had filled up and it was very noisy; hard to talk to each other. Keep that in mind if you want to have a conversation. Good prompt service, central location.More
We have eaten here several times but last night's dinner was memorable. We shared a large 45 day dry-aged prime T-Bone Porterhouse grilled rare and made Florintine style (Bistecca Alla Fiorentina). It was similar to what we had a few months ago in Venice and...it was delicious. The Caesar salad (Cicoria) was made with escarole, anchovy-lemon vinaigrette, parmigiano, and tasty croutons. The dressing was done perfectly and with just the right amount. The Polenta Al Forno was the best baked polenta I have ever had. And the Barbera wine went well with everything. We went expecting to order the lamb but after seeing the steak Fiorentina on the menu we changed our minds. Glad we did! Hope they keep this on the menu. Cheaper than going to Italy for it!More
We had seen wonderful reviews and were excited to make our first meal in Berkeley here. It did not pan out as we had hoped. Our waiter extolled a particular set of dishes and we dutifully followed his advise. The food was mediocre, served some...too hot and some too cold.
In short, far from the memorable experience we had been led to believe.More
I must have eaten every dish on the menu by now. That tells you I keep going back. It’s Italian food but with AMERICAN flair. Good are the pasta dishes, crisps, salads and the steak Florentine is to die for. I’m not a chuck o’...meat guy but once a year I do indulge and this is the place to go. Wine is also great selections.More
This restaurant is especially good for special occasions. We shared lattuga (lettuce), sardine, calamari, grilled Branzino, salmon, potatoes, and spinach. Along with a large bottle of Pellegrino and a glass of rose, the bill totaled $190. The restaurant is noisy so when making reservations, arrive...early and ask for a table by the windows.More