Award-winning Cori Trattoria offers a taste of home from Sicily-born chef

Feb 05, 2022 829

BY: Pam Kragen

In December, 2-year-old Cori Trattoria Pastificio was one of just 18 trattoria-bistros outside of Italy to win the highest honor in Gambero Rosso‘s annual ranking of the best Italian restaurants in the world. That followed a Gambero Rosso honor last spring in the “New Opening of the Year” category, and it complements chef-owner Accursio Lota’s most prestigious career victory: champion of the 2017 Barilla World Pasta Competition in Parma.

Lota, 37, spent much of his early career cooking at five-star resorts in Sicily and California, followed by a six-year stint at the elegant Solare Ristorante at Liberty Station. But when he and his wife, Corinne Goria, chose to open their own place in 2020, they decided on a trattoria, a small, casual neighborhood restaurant that’s just 10 blocks from the North Park home they share with their sons Alessandro, 8, and Lorenzo, 5.

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