Why? Corleone’s Ristorante!

I love finding hidden gem restaurants, like Corleone’s Ristorante in Parma. For years, Corleone’s has been cooking up high quality, elegant Italian meals, boasting a stellar wine list, and earning awards such as placing in Our Lady of the Wayside’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvres contest. Tucked in a small shopping center in northern Parma, it’s not exactly where you would expect to find this kind of restaurant.

Last week, Mom and I had a fabulous dinner at Corleone’s. We started with the award-winning Shrimp Sammy.

photo 2Huge shrimp are breaded in macadamia nuts and coconut, served with a sweet chili glaze and pickled red onion. Absolutely delicious!

I almost forgot to mention the cocktails! I enjoyed a Rosemary French 75, with gin, rosemary, agave syrup, and champagne. We sipped and enjoyed the live music being played in the bar area.

photo 1For our entrees, Mom selected the classic veal marsala. The sauce was rich and packed with tender mushrooms.

photo 4I chose the chicken Patricia, which is lightly-breaded chicken with mushrooms in a spicy marinara cream sauce.

photo 3While I thought the chicken was delicious, the spicy marinara could use a bit more kick for my taste.

Despite being stuffed, I got an order of cannoli to go, to share with Matthew when I got home. The cannoli filling was creamy, not overly sweet, and had a perfectly smooth texture. Matthew declared them the best cannoli he’s ever had!

So, if you’re looking for a tasty Italian meal in an unexpected spot, check out Corleone’s. What are some of your favorite hidden gem restaurants?

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7 Responses

  1. Molly

    Your restaurant reviews are helpful, but your food photography sometimes actually makes the food look totally gross. If you can’t get a decent picture of the food, leave the picture out. The photos on this post tell me nothing about the restaurant experience

  2. We’ve been going to Corleone’s for years! It’s nice not to have to go downtown for tasty food. If you can get there early and can order by 6pm, they have a great early dinner menu for only $13.99 for dinner and a non-alcoholic drink.

  3. Molly

    Your restaurant reviews are helpful, but your food photography sometimes actually makes the food look totally gross. If you can’t get a decent picture of the food, leave the picture out. The photos on this post tell me nothing about the restaurant experience other than it’s dark in there and there’s a lot of red sauce. Not really appealing.

    Here are some good tips from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2013/01/restaurant-food-photography.html. There are countless other tutorials on the web about how to get good shots of food or from an iPhone.

  4. LOVE Corleone’s. Nick actually introduced me to it, and I was very confused at first. He told me that we were going out for a nice Italian dinner and then we parked at a strip mall in Parma. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous but once inside, I was blown away!

    Other hidden gems…maybe sushi at Mr. Teriyaki in Bainbridge.

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