Corleone's is an Italian restaurant conveniently located in historic downtown Savannah nearby many of the city's top tourist attractions. After taking a trolley tour, we decided to stop in for an early dinner.
We had previously found out that Corleone's offers gluten-free pasta, hence, the decision to choose this restaurant over others in town.
Corleone's dinner menu includes most of the traditional Italian favorites: soups and salads, pizza, appetizers (calamari, bruschetta), sandwiches, and classic pasta dishes (lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti, manicotti).
Pasta specialty dishes include a variety of choices such as Eggplant Parmesan, Lobster Ravioli, and Herb Encrusted Salmon. They do offer a few vegan and vegetarian selections which is nice. These include a Vegan Ravioli and Veggie Lasagna.
Dessert includes a small menu of sweet favorites like New York Cheesecake, Tiramisu, and Cannoli. To compliment your entree, a large wine menu is available. Several organic wines are available.
We decided to go with the Broccoli Linguine, which consisted of broccoli and tomatoes, simmered in a white wine and garlic sauce. Because we are avoiding dairy, we opted to replace the garlic butter based sauce with olive oil, which made the pasta a bit bland. A few spices could have livened up the dish. The portion was large, but not spectacular enough to justify a $17 price tag.
A better option for those following a gluten-free diet would be a side of the Mediterranean Pasta, a delicious combination of Kalamata olives, capers, and tomatoes in a garlic white wine based sauce. We ordered a side of this dish.
It was definitely big enough of a serving for a moderate eater. I would say it equates to a large lunch sized entree. Not only was it a much better deal than the regular priced pasta, it was much more flavorful.
Food at Corleone's was good, although extremely pricey. To top off the outrageous prices, gluten-free pasta had an additional charge of $4 per person. I can see adding a dollar or 2, but $4 is pushing it. Hopefully, the owners will lower the price of gluten-free pasta and include a few more options on the menu, such as a great soup and gluten-free bread with olive oil for dipping.
Service was the highlight of our visit. Our waiter was very nice. He was courteous, prompt, and friendly, checking back with us frequently to ensure everything was okay.
He even offered to take 10% off our bill because we couldn't enjoy the regular bread (unfortunately, they do not have gluten-free bread available), which was a nice, unexpected gesture.
The dining room was romantic and nicely decorated, however, I would have preferred a nice outdoor patio to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather. Update: Corleone's now offers a small sidewalk patio for dining al fresco.
To improve the indoor dining experience, Corleone's should consider playing some classic music in the background and perhaps place candles on each table to give the dining room a more romantic/date night ambiance.
Overall, Corleone's is a good choice for those seeking a decent Italian dinner accompanied by great service. While recommended for those who can eat traditional pasta, gluten-free customers should be aware of the extreme up charge.