Corso 98 - Montclair [NJ]

We had another great dinner at Corso 98 on Sunday. This Italian restaurant doesn’t get the top press like Fascino does, but it is consistently good. It’s a family run business. Owner Elio is so nice and is always willing to please. He is a real hands on owner, greeting all the guests, opening & serving wine & water, cleaning tables. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty. They have been in business for 19 years so they must be doing something right. We got there at 5PM and the place was already pretty full from a few large parties. They also have a nice little takeout place next door called Bite Me where you can pick up freshly made ravioli, meatballs, sauces, salads, and desserts, among other things.
They start you off with some nice toasted crusty bread with a muffuletta spread and lemon parmesan butter. For appetizers we started off with an excellent super lump crab cake, with baby field greens and pink grapefruit, in a honey dijon mustard sauce. They were nice enough to split it for us. Below is a split portion.


We also shared some clams casino.

For entrees Mrs. P had her usual melt in your mouth filet mignon, cooked perfectly medium rare, and topped with gorgonzola cheese, in a tarragon butter demi glace. It came with asparagus and caramelized onion mashed potatoes.
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I had an excellent special of homemade tagliatelle with slow braised Australian lamb, root vegetables, kale, in a light truffle oil with fresh herbs. It was full of tender chunks of lamb.

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Corso 98 had a couple of nice specials Sunday night.

Grilled fig salad with white Sierra figs, baby field greens, roasted pecans, French Feta cheese (which is milder than Greek feta cheese), in a raspberry vinaigrette. Below is a split portion.
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Grilled wild swordfish with ratatouille made of squash, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, celery, onion, and fresh tomato basil.
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Wow, looking good Eli! I love swordfish. Next to yellowfin, this is my favorite grilled fish. Hopefully we will see sword on the menu for a few years to come. I don’t know about the future, but they seem to be in trouble.

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One of the few spots in NNJ that’s still worth the trek!!

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Brilliant photos!

Thanks Jimmy!

We had another great dinner at Corso 98. We haven’t been here in a while. Luckily we had an early reservation since they had a huge birthday
party for 30 people scheduled an hour after our reservation. At least we had a little over a half hour of peace and quiet before it got crazy and the birthday party people took over the restaurant.
We shared several appetizers including lobster risotto with garden peas, cremini mushrooms, spinach, grana padana cheese, and fresh herbs; clams casino with crispy bacon, herbed butter, white wine lemon sauce; roasted red beet salad with French feta cheese, oranges and roasted almonds.
For entrees Mrs. P had pan seared sesame crusted tuna with spaghetti cut zucchini, wasabi, and white peach teriyaki sauce. I had an excellent veal chop marsala with cremini mushrooms, mashed potatoes, broccolini, and a marsala demi glaze which went great with a Cooper and Thief red blend.









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[quote=“paryzer, post:7, topic:13224”]
clams casino with crispy bacon, herbed butter, white wine lemon sauce; [/quote]

My, oh my!

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Jersey is lookin’ delicious.

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If I could eat rich decadent meals and feel well you would be my first call, mentor!

I appreciate every resto post you share from a respectful distance.

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Thanks @Rooster!
I have been eating cauliflower steaks all week so I can enjoy these decadent meals over the weekend :smiley:

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@paryzer

Lobster Risotto sounds heavenly. Big Risotto Enthisiast. I make it once a month when home. This weekend we are going up to see our parents ( Northern Costa Brava ) …

This is a Milanese Risotto. Carnaroli Rice. Recipe: Marco Varoli.

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@Barca the Lobster risotto was delicious. The risotto was nice and creamy.

That Milanese risotto looks excellent as well. I like the serving bowl and presentation.

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Paryzer,

I adore risotto but prefer with Carnaroli rice verses Arborio rice.

Yes, I too prefer shellfish risotto but when we go to Milano, we have 4 favorite venues and this was one of them …

I prepared photo number 1 and photo number 2 was when we were in Sardinia.

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@Barca stunning!

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@Paryzer,

Thanks. Have a lovely weekend. 17.20 here. Spent the afternoon with our parents up on the northern coast …

Temperatures have dipped quite a bit ( I am not a fan of 30 + Centigrade ) and so it alot more pleasant at 21 - 24 degrees Centig. however, with a slight autumn chill but it is a bit windy too …

Now off to see my two grandsons and twin sons.

Have a lovely weekend. ( and Greek or Lebanese Cuisine !! ) We are voting !!!

Always … I am very keen on both.

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@Barca,
Enjoy your weekend as well and have fun with your family!

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@paryzer

Thank you and same to you …

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