This restaurant is new to the area, and hopefully will be here for a long time. The food at Corleone Ristorante is absolutely fantastic. It is truly Authentic Italian cooking. The recipes might be a bit different than you are used to at other Italian restaurants, but they are fantastic.
It was Saturday night and the restaurant was just about full, with maybe only two small tables open when we arrived at 6:30 pm.
The authenticity really makes this place unique because you won't get to try these meals anywhere else. Speaking to Chef-Owner Luca, you'll learn how he prepares his meals preserving the true Italian recipes. If you've been to Italy, you'll recognize the makeup and flavors of the meals. If you haven't, you'll be pleasantly surprised experiencing takes on traditional dishes.
We were served a small basket of garlic toast. The bread was freshly toasted and soaked with butter and fresh garlic. Very delicious. Our server Vanessa asked if we wanted more bread and I quickly said "YES!".
As appetizers, we had Calamari Fritta and Rice Balls. Oooh baby, they were good. The calamari was excellent, but I could have eaten a double portion. If you've never had a rice ball, you need to try one. The order comes with two large balls (Not Pete Schweddy), but no peas. :-( We're used to rice balls with meat and peas, but these were delicious nonetheless.
We had the following dishes:
- SPAGHETTI ALL CARBONARA - Spaghetti with egg-based creamy sauce, Romano, Parmigiano and crispy Guanciale (Pork cheek)
- SEAFOOD RISOTTO - Arborio Risotto with Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops and Clams.
- Eggplant (PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE)
Layers of fried eggplant with tomato sauce, ham, mozzarella and Parmigiano.
- SPAGHETTI AGLIO, OLIO E PEPERONCINO
Spaghetti with garlic, red pepper and Extra Virgin Olive oil.
All of the meals were excellently prepared and the portions were perfect. Three of the dishes were finished completely and very filling. The Risotto dish was too much to finish, although my wife usually has leftovers. :-) She's had many risotto dishes over the years and said this was by far the best one.
The restaurant offers soda, wine and bottled beer. Not a huge selection, but enough if you want to enjoy a drink during dinner. I tried the Italian bottled beer which was ok.
Three of us ordered cappuccino which was fantastic. It wasn't bitter at all and had a generous dusting of cinnamon. Along with an order of cannolis (3 small shells), it was the perfect ending to our meal. The cannoli shells were fresh and had a smooth ricotta filling.
The food is what's bringing patrons in night after night. After speaking to Chef Luca, we understood why they were experiencing growing pains. It took a bit longer than usual to be served our food, although this was the first dinner for our two couples, so we had lots to talk about and didn't mind the wait. You'd want to go in with expectations that every dish is fresh and cooked to order, so patience is key. They plan to expand the kitchen, add chefs and kitchen help and make room for more tables once the kinks are ironed out. I'd imagine over the next few weeks/months, this place will be humming like a well-oiled machine.
All in all, this is definitely one of those restaurants you'll want to visit regularly for Authentic Italian food like what you'd enjoy in Italy. You can be sure that if he can find a minute in between preparing dishes, Chef Luca will be out on the floor to greet you.
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