Corso: a Berkeley Trattoria
Chef Scott Eastman holds a mirror to the bold simplicity of Italian cuisine. Local produce and meats transformed by Old World, time honored recipes and techniques: a neighborhood trattoria between Downtown Berkeley and the Gourmet Ghetto. Dinner nightly.
Born and raised in California, Scott changed coasts to attend the legendary Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. He cut his teeth under Marcus Samuelsson at Acquavit before moving back to California and working with such greats as Peter Armalino at Acqua and Chris Lee (Chez Panisse alum) at Eccolo. Scott was part of the opening team at Corso back in 2008. Travels to Italy shaped his appreciation for the bold simplicity of this seminal, regional-to-global cuisine. Ever the hungry (and humble) culinary scholar, Scott has also studied the work of trailblazing chefs who shaped the California-Italian culinary scene over the past few decades. With Scott's leadership, Corso hones and evolves the conversation - the art of in-house charcuterie, whole animal butchery, freshly made pastas that are hard-to-find-stateside. His menu is grounded in these classic, distinctly Italian artisanal practices, while drawing on a broader context of modern techniques and our stunning array of local ingredients.
Chef Scott: "Americans love Italian food - and indeed, much of it is assimilated at this point. But when we return to the starting point, to the basics, there is a distinctive style that many diners have yet to discover."
Executive Chef/Owner Wendy Brucker trained extensively at top restaurants in the Bay Area and Los Angeles including Ernie’s, Square One, and Stars. Wendy grew up in the East Bay, but spent much of her childhood in Italy. She opened Rivoli Restaurant in Berkeley in 1994. A San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, she’s been featured in Gourmet Magazine, earned 27 points for food in Zagat, three stars in the Chronicle, as well as having her restaurants named in the Top 100 Restaurants for a combined 15+ years.
Wine Director/Owner Roscoe Skipper has hospitality in his veins and a palate that will inspire you as his wine list takes you all over Italy. His service training was established at Masa’s, Square One, Chaya Venice in Los Angeles, and Nikolai’s Roof in Atlanta. Roscoe has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine for his "Outstanding Wine List." He is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Il Forteto Pecorino dinner on June 11th! More details soon!