Friday, April 19, 2013

80 North: Berkeley, Corso Trattoria

Corso Trattoria  1788 Shattuck Ave./Francisco St., (510) 704-8004.  D daily; $$.  Reservations advised.  Serving a rustic Florentine-style menu, this casual trattoria features high ceilings, seating at dark-wood tables with chairs, and a granite-topped bar in a back corner that is perfect for solo dining.  Signature dishes include tagliatelle al sugo with a delicious sauce of braised beef and pork, and a crispy-skinned chicken breast swimming in browned butter that is best sopped up with the house baguette (I understand this dish is based on one served at Trattoria Sostanza in Florence); recipe.  The menu changes regularly, but other especially good dishes include gnocchi, polenta, housemade salumi, house-pulled mozzarella burrata, deep-fried arancini, and crostini topped with wild mushrooms and ricotta-goat cheese spread.  Wines can be ordered by the taste or half-glass, which permitted me to start with a sparkly prosecco and enjoy a rustic primitivo red with my meal.

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