RIP Trattoria Corso [Restaurant is not closed; this is about service issues - CH Team]
This was one of my favorite Berkeley restaurants until they lost their chef and to make things worse hired a passive aggressive hostess from hell. Now the food is hit or miss (often inedible misses) and the dining experience unpleasant. I've vowed I won't go back until they get a new hostess and a real chef.
"...a passive aggressive hostess from hell"...might be the same one who screamed at me last month,a half hour before closing,as I entered the door"Did you call?",mixing me up with another party.I thought maybe it was only me who thought she was having an off night as she stomped around the room with her sourpuss expression.However,the food was great and the bartender treated me to several wine tastings and was a gem of an employee as far as service,warmth and personality.
I've been to Corso twice and enjoyed my experience both times. My friend is visiting me from out of town and wanted Italian, and I was going to take him there tomorrow (!), but I hadn't heard about the chef change. Has anyone else been since this happened? What were your thoughts? If it's really taken a dive I don't want to waste a meal there (I want to show off the Berkeley food scene!), so I'll take it as an opportunity to realize my long-held dream of trying out Rivoli.
I ate at Corso Monday night and had one of the best of the many meals I've enjoyed there. I had an appetizer of three crostini ($9), caponata-like eggplant salad, cured fish, and chicken liver pâté, all really good, then a rich and earthy vegetarian lasagne with wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, ricotta, and béchamel ($16). Had a glass of delicious Vermentino ($9) and a Nero di Troia ($8). Great meal, great value.
Yeah I was also there not too long ago, perhaps a month ago, and I thought it was a perfectly pleasant experience. Nothing earth-shaking, but tasty enough, with very pleasant service. Dunno if the manager was fired or if it was her night off, but I didn't have any of those problems.
That said, Corso is another one of those restaurants that's perennially in Bauer's Top 100 and makes me scratch my head.