Ristorante Alle Corone, Venice, 3/2/19

interior
interior

Alle Corone has been the restaurant in the Ai Reali Hotel for 6 years and is set up over several small rooms.  Our room had about 6 tables and one side was windows looking over the adjacent canal with the boats and gondolas riding by.  The hotel was fairly elegant as were the dining rooms, set with white tablecloths and napkins, yet they chose a whimsical gnome to be the purse stool.  Tables each had individual small lights and the room was further lit by wall sconces, and overall the lighting was nicely lowered.  Decorations of masks and feathers were in honor of carnival season.  Music was in the background and ours had a beautiful terrazzo floor with an amazing border pattern.  The service was professional, efficient and friendly.  Most spoke great English but some of the student interns struggled with questions.   They offered a 6 course tasting, with wine pairing offered, as well as an a la carte menu.  We chose the tasting and ordered our own beverages.

hotel lobby
hotel lobby
hotle lobby
hotel lobby
hallway to restaurant
hallway to restaurant
entrance
entrance
frankek found an orchid
Frankie found an orchid
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
menu 5
menu 5
table set up
table set up
windows to canal
windows to canal

 

We started with a sparkler and the glasses they had were specially made to enhance the bubble pattern coming from the bottom of the glass.  It was fun.  Bread service was a basket of various choices including celery bread, focaccia, sticks, corn and rosemary.  The focaccia was lightly salted on top and nicely fresh.

sparkler front
sparkler front
sparkler back
sparkler back
cool bubble pattern
cool bubble pattern in glass
bread basket
bread basket
Frankie tried on the mask
Frankie tried on the mask

 

The menu started right in, no amuse bouche, with raw shrimp tartare, Sicilian red prawn tartare, finger lime, sour cream and guacamole mousse.  The lime was a thin slice that was tartly edible.  The raw shrimp was the whiter pile on the left and the red prawns were on the right and both were extremely fresh and good.  They mixed quite well with the avocado and cream as well as the super sweet mango pieces.  Lime bits were hidden throughout and made a bit of pop when you ate one.    It was a really nice dish.

shrimp
Raw shrimp tartare, Sicilian red prawn, finger lime, sour cream, guacamole mousse
white
closer
red
red shrimp tartar
Franke and the water
Frankie and the water

 

Grilled scallops in Caesar salad with black wafers was another nice combination.  The scallops were cooked perfectly and the bits of lettuce and other Caesar components did not overwhelm them.  There were some tiny croutons also in the mix and they added a nice crunch as did the black wafers.  It was not a strong Caesar salad taste but it was fun and tasty.

scallop
Grilled scallops in Caesar salad and black wafers
closer
closer
closer
closer
Frankie wondered about the ball at the bottom of the glass
Frankie wondered about the ball at the bottom of the glass
Frankie wondered about the little colored balls in the bottom of the glasses
Frankie studied that ball

 

Fried sardines were plated with red onions, soncino (green, common corn salad), wasabi sauce, soy and black salt.  The sardines were great and wonderful with the bits of wasabi sauce but it was almost too strong and could easily overpower the taste of the small, mild fish.    The red onion on the plate was way too hot and thus not very good.  It was an interesting combination with some parts being much better than others.  Give this one an okay.

sardines
Fried sardines, red onion, soncino, wasabi sauce and soy
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closer
closer
closer
closer
closer
Frankie made a hat with the feathers
Frankie made a hat with the feathers

 

Ravioli of burrata cheese, broccoli cream and Cantabrian anchovies was 3 stuffed pastas each draped with the anchovy and surrounded by broccoli cream.  Tomatoes were used as a garnish but they were on the mealy side and had little taste just some mild color.  The pasta was nicely cooked and the anchovy added just enough taste to enhance the mild, creamy burrata filling.  They were great together.  A nice one.

stuffed pasta
Ravioli of burrata cheese, broccoli cream and Cantabrian anchovies
closer
closer
another
another one
closer
another one
inside
inside
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
wine side
wine side
Frankie and the gnome purse stool
Frankie liked the gnome purse stool

 

Sea bass fillets were plated with Creazzo kale fiolaro (in the brassica family) and parsnip chips and purée.  The kale was in leaf form as well as a purée and combined with the parsnip, it might have been a bit too much purée on the plate.  Something lighter might have better enhanced the fish instead of overpowering the taste.  The fish was also slightly overcooked, but it was still pretty good and a pretty plate of food.

fish
Sea bass fillets, Creazzo kale fiolaro, parsnip chips
clsoer
closer
fish
sea bass
closer
another view
another angle
another angle
Frankie made wings out of the mask
Frankie made wings out of the mask

 

Dessert was an eclair with creamy pistachio and red fruit caramel.  It was not well stuffed and I detected very little caramel flavor.  It had a typical unexciting cream puff exterior, was decorated with out of season berries and would only rate an okay.

dessert
Eclair with creamy pistachio and red fruit caramel
closer
closer
turned
turned
side
side
inside
inside
Frankie watched to boats go by
Frankie watched the boats go by

 

Final treats were a lemon cake which was creamy and nice with a wonderful thick crisp bottom section; a chocolate with coconut log which was chewy and mild and a chocolate filled macaroon that was nicely filled and chewy.

final treats
final treats
side
side
closer
closer
Frankie tried to pick
Frankie tried to pick
inside
inside the chocolate coconut log

 

After the meal the manager was nice enough to show us some of the other rooms, including the wine room.

room already taken down
second room already taken down
another room
another room
other side
other side
Frankie was in a sea of flowers
Frankie was in a sea of flowers
wine room
wine room
wine room
wine room
Frankie liked the slicer
Frankie liked the slicer

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