I don’t eat out often. So when I do, I hope for a memorable experience. Days after visiting Il Corso on El Paseo in Palm Desert, I am still thinking about my next visit! The words “Corso” and “Paseo” both mean promenade. As I savored tasty Tuscan fare with congenial colleagues, I was pleased that my path had led me to this fine Italian establishment.
Almost as enjoyable as eating the Panzanella, Pappardelle Bolognese, Ravioli Spinaci, and Spumoni was listening to the waiter repeat our order in fluent Italian. It brought back vivid memories of my travels throughout Italy and made me wish that I had added Italian to my foreign language studies. The combination of cucumber, tuna, onions, tomatoes, and toasted bread in an oil lemon dressing was mouth-watering. Large flat pasta with a veal ragu was a tantalizing variation of spaghetti and meat sauce. Popeye would have gained much strength from the spinach-filled pasta pockets. And, I always delight in the offering of Spumoni – a colorful, flavorful ice cream treat! With authentic Italian dishes, including homemade pastas, gourmet wood oven pizza, seafood, and roasted leg of veal, Il Corso’s menu is a crowd-pleaser!
As I filled my stomach with an assortment of viands, my senses were being satisfied by a sophisticated ambience. Large windows frame The Gardens on El Paseo across the street, enhancing Il Corso’s airy space. A menagerie of bright bottles lines the bar’s expansive shelves. Providing a glimpse into Chef Mario Marfia’s creative world is an open kitchen. Through his partnership with Developer John Wessman, Il Corso is a recipe for success!
~ Contributed by Hilary Christiansen