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The smell of good food being made and the smooth sounds of jazz and bossa nova are the first things to welcome you as you enter Trattoria Taddei. The smiling faces all around, natural light coming from the windows, and the wooden motif all make up the homey feel that engulfs you immediately. Entering the restaurant feels like going home to your parents on a Sunday evening to your favorite meal.
Trattoria Taddei, which literally means “the family kitchen of the Taddeis,” is not Chef Vasco and Alma Taddei’s first rodeo. They have had three successful restaurants, two in Mexico and one in Brownsville, Texas, before opening up here in Corpus Christi.
The Taddeis take pride in that all dishes are made from scratch, and their ingredients are exported from Italy. As much as possible, they want to stay away from “Americanizing” their menu by going easy on condiments and staying true to flavors you’d only find in a traditional Italian family kitchen.
True enough, their house specialty, Seafood Taglioni, is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. It’s made with handmade taglioni, a traditional thin Italian pasta cut into long strips, and is typically whipped up with egg in the dough. The pasta is served with homemade tomato sauce and topped with seafood favorites – clam, mussel, squid, and shrimp. All together, they create a very distinct flavor that the Taddeis hope to one day be considered a trademark for their restaurant.
Pasta aside, their menu also comes alive with a great selection of appetizers, pizzas, and dessert. Their Focaccia Mediterranean, a pan of oven-baked Italian bread, is the perfect mix of rosemary, garlic, and sea salt, tasty enough to prepare your palette for the entrée.
And for the more delicate eaters, vegetarian and organic dishes and salads are available. Their Eggplant Pyramids, Four Cheese Fettuccine, and Potato Ravioli are just some of the meatless options you can ask for. If gluten-free is what you’re seeking, a special menu of handmade pastas are made just for you.
Trattoria Taddei aims to serve our city artisanal Italian cuisine. Chef Vasco’s recipes, which have been passed down from generation to generation, all boast a traditional Italian flavor that is hard to find nearly any place else.
920 Louisiana Ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78404