Friday, August 13, 2010


Another hidden gem on Shawmut Ave in the South End, Coppa is an intimate enoteca established by chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.

Hold up.  Wait a minute.  What the hell is an enoteca, you ask?  I wondered the same thing, so thank you Wikipedia for explaining:

Enoteca (plural: Enoteche) is an Italian word, derived from the Greek word Οινοθήκη, which literally means ”wine repository” (from Oeno/Eno- Οινός "wine", and teca Θήκη, "receptacle, case, box"), but is used to describe a special type of local or regional wine shop that originated in Italy.[1] The concept of an enoteca has also spread to some other countries. A genuine enoteca is primarily directed at giving visitors or tourists the possibility to taste these wines at a reasonable fee and possibly to buy them.[2] An enoteca is often run in collaboration with growers or growers' or tourism organisations in the village or region. The reason such establishments were named to connote ”wine libraries” was that they were intended as a hands-on source of information on local wines rather than as regular outlets for larger quantities of each wine, or primarily intended for established customers. Often, an enoteca stocks rather small amounts of each wine, and customers who wish to purchase large quantities after tasting are referred directly to the producers. In some cases, an enoteca will also sell other local foodstuff and/or serve small snacks to go with the wines.

A mouthful, I know, but that pretty much sums it up.
The menu changes daily, so call ahead if you're interested in updates
Nothing beats olive oil with bread.  Sorry butter, nothing.
Seared Foie Gras with rhubarb, pine nuts & honey
Orrechio: Pig's ear terrine with yuzu aioli
Meatballs al Forno: wood roasted with lardo & tomato
Spaghetti alla carbonara: house made pasta with pancetta,
sea urchin & farm egg
Bistecca ai Ferri: skirt steak with cippolini onions agro dolce
Cuore: grass fed beef heart crostini with
anchovies & capers
Polipo al Forno: wood roasted octopus with
salsa verde & preserved lemon
Lingua d'agnello: wood oven roasted lambs tongue
with lentils & radish
LaScolca Rose

Italian tapas, house made charcuterie, fresh pasta, local & sustainable ingredients, last but not least,
a great selection of wine and cocktails to compliment your meal.

I mean... it really doesn't get much better than that!

Bon appetit!

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