Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ken Oringer's, Coppa Enoteca, worth trying

Saturday night I had an early dinner at Coppa Enoteca, Ken Oringer's newest restaurant which opened earlier this year in the space formerly occupied by The Dish.  The space has been completely remodelled, but it remains a tiny place seating no more than 30-40 people. When dining al fresco is an option, I would guess that they will be able to increase seating by 50%.

The menu is filled with small plates intended to be shared.  My favorites included the handmade pasta dishes and white pizza, but everything we ate was delicious.  The space is tiny and in cold weather everyone gets chilled each time the door opened.  Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette need to figure out a fix for that, because I won't go there again in bad weather and next winter this place will no longer be a novelty.

However, despite the rain and chill, the place was hopping so you need to arrive early to snag a table.  Since the menu is Italian tapas, you end up having a leisurely dinner and it is easy to lose track of time (we did). But after 2+ hours of eating the bill was a reasonable $55.00 per person (drinks and tip included).  I'll definitely be back when it is better weather.

253 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA

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