By Kris Lee ’19
There are over 24,000 restaurants here in NYC. What are the chances of finding a special place that isn’t like all the other ones? Well, II Corallo Trattoria is certainly a unique one.
Located on Prince Street, II Corallo Trattoria is a hidden gem that one may not be able to spot immediately. The exterior of the restaurant is not so noticeable. It gives off an elegant vibe though it doesn’t stand out much. The best part, however, is the interior. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you can see a large collection of plates hanging on the walls on almost all sides of the room. The plates are mostly made of ceramic, and they all have different patterns and designs, which makes each and every one of them unique despite how many plates there are.
According to II Corallo Trattoria’s website, http://www.Ilcorallotrattoria.com, the restaurant opened in 1992 in SoHo. With over 80 items ranging from pasta, salad, to pizzas, II Corallo Trattoria offers a wide variety of traditional Italian food.
“I always take forever to decide what I want to to order,” said Katrina Ullari, a customer. “Everything on the menu just looks and sounds so good!”
One of the most popular dishes would have to be the Black Taglierina, which is thin squid ink noodles with shrimp, crabmeat, sun dried tomatoes, and creamy tomato sauce. What makes this dish so special is the color and the ingredient of the pasta noodle. The squid ink gives the noodle a grayish-black color, which attracts many customers to try it because not many Italian restaurants offer such an uncommon pasta.
One customer said, “Although this pasta doesn’t taste like squid like I expected, I really like the way it looks. It really is rare to find something like this.”
The main ingredient of most of the dishes at Il Corallo Trattoria is seafood. Many types of seafood can be found across the menu in the descriptions of each dish. Their most popular pizza, Pizza D’Oro, is topped with lobster and scallops, which adds a hint of freshness that makes it stand out from traditional Italian pizza.
If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant in the city that is reasonably priced, it really doesn’t get any better than this. Nothing on the menu is over $20. The prices range from $10 to $18, which is amazing considering how pricey seafood usually is.
Another customer said, “This price for this much seafood? That’s incredible. My family and I will definitely come back. My kids really like their ravioli.”
A friend and I visited the restaurant not too long ago. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by friendly waiters who immediately seated us and gave us a menu. They quickly took our orders and the food came shortly after. We didn’t have to wait too long to get our food. I ordered the Capellini Corallo, which was angel hair pasta with scallops, mussels, crabmeat, and shrimp served in a rich, creamy tomato sauce. My friend ordered the Fettuccine Salmone, which was flat spaghetti cooked with smoked salmon served in a light cream of asparagus sauce. The portions were just right. It wasn’t too much or too little. We both left the restaurant feeling very satisfied.
II Corallo Trattoria is one of those cute and cozy restaurants that you would never get tired of. With the wide range of selections of Italian food that they offer, you can always try something new every time you go.