Berkeley, July 16, 2009—LUNCH WITH FRIENDS in Berkeley today at a restaurant new to us, though not to them. Corso is described as a Florentine trattoria, but the food is somewhat Americanized, to my eye; the menu longer than perhaps it needs to be, the feel not Tuscan but generic Californian.
I warmed up with a Negroni, a nice aperitif; and moved on through a "Lattuga Romana," a sort of faux Caesar salad (romaine, crouton, garlic, lemon juice, but no egg, I think). Then a nice softball-size hunk of tuna. Non troppo cotto, I warned the waitress, and it arrived seared on the outside, barely warm at the center, just as I like it. With it, English peas and a little bit of mint. Delizioso.
Vermentino, Tuscany, "Cassamatta", 2007