A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at II Corso Trattoria in Coral Gables.
Classically trained in Italy, Chef LeRoy Bautista employs timeless techniques to concoct contemporary Italian dishes infused with fresh ingredients. Complemented by a well-heeled wine selection and a full bar, the menu teems with homemade pastas, such as the mushroom ravioli ($12) bathed in a sautéed crimini demi, and the Il Corso carbonara ($10) speckled with pancetta and poached eggs singing soothing lullabies to baby spinach. The seasoned chef kneads a septet of pizzas, forged in the fire of a brick oven, including the classic margherita ($10) crowned in fresh basil, and the capricciosa ($12) decorated in crispy prosciutto, artichokes, and kalamata olives.
II Corso Trattoria embraces visitors in a warm, inviting atmosphere accented with exposed-brick columns, lush green plants, and white tablecloths. The 3,600-square-foot sauce sanctuary seats up to 75 guests comfortably and woos techies with five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an authentic, Victorian-era iPod.
Il Corso Trattoria
The menu at Il Corso Trattoria overflows with traditional Italian dishes, displaying examples of lasagna, filet mignon, tilapia, paninis, and brick-oven pizzas. Inside the Old World–style eatery, exposed brick columns stand tall as diners feast on chefs' gourmet handiwork and sample wines that flow straight into the restaurant via transoceanic aqueducts.
166 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, Florida 33134