There are plenty of places around that call themselves an enoteca. While I know they’re generally considered wine bars, I never looked up the meaning of the word until today. It translates to “wine repository.”
If Boston’s South End is known for anything, it’s gentrification and good food. They usually go together. Coppa has been around for as long as I’ve been around, so at least 11 years. It’s owned by 2 well known local chefs, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. They know what they’re doing.
Along with great food and an ever changing menu, the place is also very charming. That’s real estate talk for “it’s really small.” But there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, until you want to make a reservation and they’re booked. As we approach summer and patio season, I expect their available seating to double.
Now for the important part, the food. I’ve eaten here a number of times. Every meal was great. They have a lot of atypical meats, but I usually stick to simple, vegetarian dishes like salad, pasta and pizza. My friend Jesse loves the pizza with shaved cow heart. I’ll take his word that it’s good.
So the other day Jesse and I found ourselves in the neighborhood. He wanted a Spritz and I wanted some cheese. So we stopped by for a quick bite. Here’s a tip, the menu is the same all day, and the restaurant is much less crowded during the day. Along with a delectable menu, they also have a rotating variety of specialty cocktails, like Spritzs.
If you find yourself looking to try a new restaurant, or in the area, I highly recommend it. Although, I would say avoid it if you’re in a large group.