I remember when Daniel Costa worked at Red Star Pub. I, regrettably, did not have a chance to taste his menu there. Fear not – Corso 32 arrived onto the scene. It is located in the center of downtown, right on 103 Jasper Ave. The menu changes occasionally depending on what ingredients are fresh and in season.
Corso 32 has its interior set up quite intimately. Too intimately though – the tables are pushed together so closely that it felt like you were intruding upon the other dining tables beside you. Incandescent lighting and loud music filled the entire room. Alas, at one point, the music was so loud that there was shouting over the music!
This is the arancini ($11), which is essentially breaded risotto balls filled with funghi misto and fonti. The outside was crunchy and the inside had a nice tang to it, as it oozed with goodness.
This is not your run-of-the-mill grilled cheese sandwich ($14). It was topped with charred onion, boschetto al tartufo, shaved umbria truffles and a sunny up egg (which was like the cherry on top!) on grilled bread. It was absolutely divine, but words cannot describe the feeling of when my teeth punctured the egg yolk and it mixed with everything. My mouth is salivating at the thought.
This is the bucatini alla gricia ($17) tossed in a tomato sauce with cured pork jowl and pecorino. I felt that it could have been kicked up a notch with just a pinch more ingredients added to it.
So overall, do I “rebeccamend” this? Yes.
I have a dream proposal for Daniel Costa: Will you please be my personal chef?
On a serious note though – everything tasted wonderful, with the grilled cheese being my favourite dish of all. However, if you are not a fan of loud and noisy atmospheres, you may not find it to be an appealing place. With that aside, this is fine Italian dining at acceptable prices. However, it is recommended to make reservations a few weeks in advance to secure a table.