Il Corso Trattoria, a restaurant promising to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the Gables, recently opened for lunch and dinner. Trattoria is headed by Executive Chef LeRoy Bautista (previously of the nearby Angelique Euro Cafe) and is located in the former Archie's Pizza space (166 Giralda Avenue). The restaurant is owned by Geovanna Accetta and Yamil Yordi.
What's on the menu? Bautista has brought along several signature dishes from his time at Angelique and fused them with some Italian classics. Bautista's pasta carbonara, oven-fired, Napotilana-style pizzas and dishes like polleto al forno (brick-oven roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, and caramelized sweet onions) are some of the menu highlights. The new space sits up to 75 guests, boasts an extensive wine list, and hopes to offer guests rustic charm. II Corso Tattoria also provides complimentary WiFi for the working-through-lunch crowd.
Despite Chef LeRoy's departure, Angelique's menu won't change. "Chef LeRoy did not tell us where he was going upon his departure," says Angelique owner Carlos Rossi, "but he is extremely talented and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Il Corso Tattorie
166 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables