Dinner at Coppa

Well, I ate vegetarian for the entire week, but Thursday night’s dinner at Coppa pretty much included a week’s worth of meat. And if you are going to go whole hog, recent Chopped winner Jamie Bissonette is the chef to do it with.

A bunch of us started talking about having dinner at Coppa at Taste of the Nation, and Elina made it happen. Coppa finally takes reservations, making it a little easier to snag a table in their tiny South End dining room.

After a great week of work, on Boston’s nicest day in recent history, I first met Megan, Daisy, and Michelle for drinks at Franklin Café, and then we made our way to meet Elina and Bianca at Coppa.

Coppa

Coppa is the collaboration of well-known Boston chefs, Jamie Bissonette and Ken Oringer and is a true South End gem focused on Italian-inspired small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. It’s the kind of place you want to spend hours and hours and hours eating and drinking, and that’s just what we did.

friends

There was lots of laughter over a few drinks Winking smile. I started with the Sardinian Lemonade which was a blend of Meletti Amaro, lemon, and prosecco. It was tart, a little bitter, and reminded me a little of an iced tea lemonade. Completely a summer drink.

sardinian lemonade

Coppa is ideal for groups because it’s all about ordering tons of small plates and sharing. We ordered lots of dishes and still didn’t cover everything we wanted. Some of the highlights:

A salumi board with a variety meats including duck prosciutto, Prosciutto di Parma, and other tasty bites. I don’t even know what it was, but I liked the little circles the best. It had a rich, truffle-y flavor.

 

salumi

Wood roasted meatballs were one of my favorites of the evening.

meatball

Tuna belly with anchovy on a crusty bread

tuna loin

Another favorite, Trophie pasta with pesto, potatoes, and parmesan, the ultimate comfort.

trofie with pesto

One of the specials, black cod crudo with burratta. Next time I would skip the cod and just go for the burratta. Cheese and fish is a weird combo.

burrata and black cod

My second time eating the Salsiccia pizza, and my second time loving it. The sausage and chewy crust offer a spicy kick, cooled by a glass of Bastianch Rosato.

pizza at coppa pizza at coppa

I missed photographing a few items including the chicken livers (not my favorite) and some roasted asparagus with a not-so-nicely cooked poached egg.

We finished the evening off with a cheese board, bread pudding, and a bottle of sparkling Faive Merlot/Cabernet Franc, the first time I had a bubbly of those grapes but most definitely not the last!

cheese plate at Coppa

And I may have also gone out to Delux after with Michelle and Daisy for a little more fun. Just maybe Smile

There were a few items at Coppa we weren’t crazy about, but as it was my second time there, I feel like I know now a bunch of items that I love and would order again and again. I love their wine program and cocktails; they can only serve cordials as far as liquor goes, and their cocktails are fresh and creative. It’s delightfully noisy, thankfully enough so to cover our conversation. I loved spending the evening with such wonderful friends, and I look forward to doing it again soon!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Thursday night was SO much fun! We’ve had so many reasons to “nap and cry” but it was nice to laugh and celebrate instead. ;-)

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  2. meesh’s avatar

    omg why did I just click yr coppa link when I was hungry!? bad idea. great post looms fun, love coppa

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  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    What a fun night! The tuna looks delicious. Glad you were able to get out. I know you had a rough week with your allergies.

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  4. Daisy’s avatar

    i loved this night. so much adventurous eating and lots of fun drinking at my favorite places. well, coppa’s a new favorite but you know what i mean.

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  5. alicia’s avatar

    Looks like you all had a fun time, and delicious food. That always makes for a good night!! miss you!

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  6. Megan’s avatar

    Had such a great night with you and the rest of the ladies. Thanks for picking such fabulous wines for us! I loved those little round circles from the salumi platter too and wish I knew what they were called.

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  7. Emily’s avatar

    Looks like a fun night! I have never been to Coppa but have plans in a week or so to go — so I’m glad I got some info about the menu :)

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  8. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I agree, that fish and cheese is a little weird, but that burrata does look amazing, I would totally order it.

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