Bar Corallini | Italian Restaurant in Madison, WI
Corallini, “little coral” in Italian, is also a nickname given to the people of Torre del Greco, Chef & Owner Giovanni Novella’s hometown. At Bar Corallini, hand-crafted pasta, pizza, classic Italian cocktails, and neighborly hospitality come together to create a dining experience that is familiar, warm, and convivial.
Drink a Negroni and donate to the dogs!
Bitter, sweet, and all for a good cause! Indulge in our special Negroni menu, and let's spread love to our community.
During the international weeklong celebration of all things Negroni, we’ll offer six unique riffs on the classic Italian cocktail, from classic to new wave with a donation to our local cause, WAGS, stirred right into the price!
Classic Negroni (on draft) 12
Gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, rocks
Bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth, rocks
Negroni Rosato 12
Rihei ginger shochu, Ramazzotti Rosato, dry vermouth, Peychaud's bitters, absinthe, rocks
Rum Negroni 12
Batavia Arrack, Trois Rivières, Cappelletti Aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro, rocks
Coffee Negroni 12
Heady Bella, Amaro Nonino, Cocchi Americano, Regan's orange bitters, Bitter Truth chocolate bitters, rocks
Tropical Negroni 13
Porter's Tropical Old Tom Gin, Paradiso Aperitivo, Giffard Pineapple, Lillet Blanc, rocks
$1 from every featured cocktail on our Negroni Week menu will be donated to WAGS (Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs).
Hours & LocationGet Directions to Bar Corallini via Google Maps
Tuesday - Thursday
4 pm - 9 pm
4 pm - 10 pm
11 am - 10 pm
11 am - 9 pm
Happy Hour / Sunday-Thursday
4 pm - 6 pm
The name Corallini comes from the hometown of Chef & Owner Giovanni Novella. In the seaside village of Torre del Greco, people have dived for coral for centuries—and earned the nickname: Corallini, or little coral. At Bar Corallini, Chef Gio brings the sea to your table, along with fresh pasta and pizza, mozzarella, and burrata—all made from scratch, daily. Classic Italian cocktails and sweet cannoli round out our hip and cozy neighborhood seaside joint.
Executive Chef / Owner
EXECUTIVE CHEF - GIOVANNI NOVELLA
“In Italy, the food culture is very powerful. I knew right away that cooking was my passion, and something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”—Chef Giovanni Novella
Giovanni grew up on the coast of southern Italy, fishing almost every day from the village of Torre del Greco. Swimming in seafood from such an early age, Gio’s cooking brings out the best of sea bass, octopus, crustaceans, or shellfish, in nearly every entree. “My favorite thing about restaurants is using ingredients—both local and from around the world—to create new dishes and flavors that let each product shine,” he says.
He attended culinary school in nearby Sorrento at age 14, and went on to a prestigious pastry program in Amalfi, specializing in southern Italian desserts. Throughout his schooling, he worked in a handful of local kitchens before graduating to restaurants across Germany, Greece, France, and even a luxury cruise ship in South America. He returned to Italy for three years of fine-dining experience, then moved to San Diego in 2011. There, on the coast of southern California, Chef Giovanni began to blend his Italian methods with American-style cuisine.
Importantly, Giovanni met his wife in San Diego, who happened to hail from Madison. In 2016, they came here to raise a family, excited for the prospect of a great ‘food’ city. He soon landed at Cento, a new downtown restaurant across from the opera house, which proved a very popular concept. But Chef Giovanni had a vision for something more intimate, more nimble, more like a little local osteria—and thus was born Bar Corallini, an homage to Torre del Greco.
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