Il Triangolo Ristorante
96-01 Corona Ave., Corona
Tues.–Thurs., Sun.: noon–10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: noon–11 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Credit Cards: Yes, all major
If you’re looking for a terrific restaurant to go with your family or to take someone for a nice date, then Il Triangolo is a great choice.
This Italian restaurant, right on the corner of Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard in Corona, offers fresh, home-cooked meals in a quiet, soothing setting that enhances the overall experience.
To start off my visit, I first ate the homemade antipasto calabrese, a popular appetizer at the Italian eatery. The starter features sopressata, an Italian dried sausage, pecorino cheese, olives and wild mushrooms bathed with extra virgin olive oil.
The restaurant’s owner, Mario Gigilotti, explained that most of the ingredients used in the eatery, including the sopressata, come from the region of Calabria, Italy, which is where his family originates. For me, the olives were especially tasty as each bite had a spicy kick to it that made it even more delicious.
Next, I sampled their gnocchi pasta dish covered in a Bolognese sauce. All of the ingredients in this meal synchronize with each other to create a dish worth trying. The pasta itself is soft and cooked to perfection and the sauce is strong enough to add flavor but does not overpower the pasta and potato the gnocchi is stuffed with. A side salad was also served with a special dressing exclusive to Il Triangolo. Gigilotti would not divulge details of the dressing, saying that it’s a long-guarded family secret.
I also tasted one of the establishment’s signature dishes: the veal alla grappa. This meat dish is battered in eggs and sautéed in bread crumbs, cream and fermented grapes. The veal tasted so fresh and the grapes added a level of juiciness and taste that cannot be duplicated at any other restaurant.
Finally, I finished dinner with a cannoli, a popular Italian dessert and a hot cup of cappuccino. The cannolis at Il Triangolo are hand-made to order by Mario’s wife, Pierina. With each loud crunch of its shell, you could tell how fresh the dessert, and the food overall, is at this establishment. The cream inside the cannoli is made with heavy cream, ricotta cheese and peppered with chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth even more.
If you’re looking for a terrific meal in Corona, with its relaxing atmosphere and food that’ll make your taste buds dance, Il Triangolo has perfected the way Italian food should be done.