A Salumi platter ($10) showcases the freshest daily selection of thinly sliced house cured meats. From Duck Prosciutto, Rabbit Porchetta, Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella and Coppa, the perfect slices offer an array of salty flavors and various textures served on a whimsical pig shaped cutting board. House made pasta dishes include a remarkable Trophie con Pesto ($13) with pine nuts, piave and tender morsels of fingerling potatoes while a loose interpretation of Spaghetti alla Carbonara ($14) delights with smoked bacon, sea urchin and farm egg.Vegetables plates are rather lovely as well. Seasoned with fresh herbs and tangy olive oil are the Funghi Marinati ($5). Then there was deliciously thick spears of Grilled asparagus ($7) with a runny poached egg.The wine list is also worth mentioning, it offers boutique and artisianal wines from Italy. We first enjoyed a Refosco Bastianich Rosato ($28) and finished off the meal with a sparkling Faive Rose Brut ($30). The Salsiccia ($16) pizza is an absolute standout. While I was expecting to be awestruck by the non traditional offerings, without a doubt I would recommend ordering a pizza at Coppa. Tomato, spicy pork sausage, ricotta, and red onion is a well balanced blend of toppings; lighter on the sauce and generous on the ricotta, highlighted by the prevalent spice of the pork over a crispy wood grilled crust but an overall warm doughy pie. Simply amazing. I would also recommend trying at least one dish from the Offal menu.We tried the Coda de Maiale ($9) a wood oven roasted pigs tail with mostarda glaze. I found it to be exciting and versatile - crispy and salty reminiscent of bacon in one moment and a bite of tender fatty pork in the next. Two of the evenings specials showcased risk-taking combinations, the first a Burtatta and Black Cod Crudo. Almost an awkward pairing is sashimi style fish and the creamy buratta cheese, it seemed to work out okay, but not with flying colors. Same goes for the Chocolate Covered Foie Gras accented with a strawberry glaze. I'd be content if I never ate chocolate covered foie gras again; but that's not to say I didn't enjoy tasting it! I happily went back for a few more bites of this wildly adventurous pair. We ended the meal with a gorgeous Formaggio Plate, proving, in the end, that simple dishes truly do shine here at Coppa. My favorites of the evening were the classic dishes done well - the meatballs, the pizza, the pesto pasta, the house cured meat and the cheese plate. If you're offal averse - pigs tails and perhaps chicken liver just aren't your thing, don't bypass this South End enotecca in favor of playing it safe. The menu is versatile and caters to all types of food lovers, even vegetarians as evidenced by a few of our plates. When you combine that with swift, friendly service in a lively energetic atmosphere, it makes for one outstanding neighborhood restaurant.
253 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118