Market News: PASSERO and corto

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 by The Forks Market


You've waited, and you've probably wondered what was going on behind the temporary construction walls in The Forks Market.

PASSERO and corto, chef Scott Bagshaw's newest projects, are up and running in The Forks Market Food Hall.

PASSERO is a 36-seat full-service restaurant right in the middle of the Food Hall. It's Bagshaw's classic and contemporary take on Italian food, featuring a healthy nod to French cooking, and an all-Italian wine list.

"The menu will evolve," says Bagshaw, of the 24-item list of offerings - five of which feature high-quality, handmade pasta.

The classic Italian menu provides Bagshaw a bit more guidance and restraint than those of his other restaurants, Maque, Enoteca and the late Deseo, breaking things down into defined categories – salad, raw, pasta, meat & seafood, vegetables, charcuterie.

"People will recognize bits of Maque and the gnocchi from Deseo is making a comeback, which I know people will be super excited about, but parts of it will seem unfamiliar as well," says Bagshaw, who is maybe most excited about the "Raw" selections on the menu - taking fresh ingredients and really making them sing.

"This menu is elegant and thoughtful, but still accessible," says Bagshaw. "It's creative. We're respecting the ingredients, just elevating them."

Expect to make a few selections off the menu to share.

corto, on the other hand, is PASSERO's daytime counterpart. Featuring a shorter menu with a handful of classic Italian sandwich options and a few sides, corto is open every day starting at 11AM, also serving dark roast espresso drinks.

PASSERO opens at 5PM, and we recommend you make a reservation: or 204-219-7300

corto is open at 11AM daily.

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