Italian: I Coppi

Eating Out

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It’s always a pleasant surprise to happen upon a hidden gem in NYC.  Space and real estate are a hot commodity here – some of the best meals can be found at hidden holes-in-the-wall.  However, I’m definitely not one to turn my nose up at quaint ambiance and cozy decor.  With a secret outdoor dining area and scrumptious Italian fare,  I Coppi won me over pronto; I had a truly delightful meal here!

Eating buddy and I first started with the Crostoni Di Taleggio E Fichi – grilled Tuscan bread with melted taleggio cheese and figs, served on a baby arugula salad:

My eating buddy ordered the entree special (first picture), a cheese and mushroom stuffed pork chop. This chop was huuuge!  I admit I usually stay away from pork chops, as the ones I’ve had were a bit dry.  However, a sample bite or two of eating buddy’s chop was juicy, flavorful and just the right amount of fatty.  If you had to go with a pork chop, you couldn’t go too wrong with this one here.

I ordered the pasta special – pesto penne topped with a soft cheese, the name of which escapes me now (but was deeeelicioso!).  I am a HUGE pesto fan. Huge.  This one was exploding with fresh basil flavor – so yummy!  The soft cheese added creaminess and just a touch of tang to the dish.  Anyone know what type of cheese this is?  All I know is that I was wiping up these pesto sauce with the breadbasket. Mmm!

As I mentioned before, we were lucky enough to be sitting in the covered dining garden – look at this place.  Hard to believe it’s in the heart of the East Village, isn’t it?

I would definitely recommend I Coppi for scrumptious Italian fare in a casual, intimate setting.  The service was attentive, knowledgeable and prompt.  We dined here on a Sunday night and it was pretty packed, so definitely call ahead for reservations in the dining garden!

I Coppi
432 East 9th St. (between 1st/A)
212.254.2263

Unbeatable atmosphere, delectable cuisine.

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20 Comments

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    Kim
    April 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    That crostini looks amazing! Wish I could help you out with the cheese – it looks yummy. And the East Village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York 🙂

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    Alice
    April 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Oh man! I loooooove Italian food!! Those all look delish and drool worthy at 9:30 in the morning. ha!

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    Jessica
    April 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Oh my! A four apple rating! This goes on my "must visit" list for when I visit NYC.

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    Gloria
    April 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Love Italiand food, really I love! gloria

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    Sarah
    April 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Ummmm I hate you! Only because this looks absolutely amazing and I am starving!

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    Layla
    April 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    You seriously make me want to move to NYC just so I can eat my way through the city. Everything always looks wonderful!

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    Michael
    April 13, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I was recently looking for some good Italian joints. I missed this one…Thanks!

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    Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy
    April 13, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Looks like a great place! The pasta looks amazing!!

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    lobster
    April 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    omg. I'm craving pesto now. YUM!

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    Diana
    April 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    want to dine like you do!! Looks like a sweet and cozy place with amazing food! Im actually making pork chops tonight, but im sure they wont look or taste like this…but their okay! 🙂

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    Katie
    April 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Ohhh my goodness, everything looks/sounds AMAZING!!! I go ga-ga for anything with basil. I just want to bathe in basil awesomeness…

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    THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE
    April 14, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Love ICoppi! It's one of my favorites that we always frequent 🙂 xoxo

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    April 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Thank you and ooh BOTH you and Dawn love it – it's gotta be a winner!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    honey my heart
    April 14, 2011 at 3:59 am

    the food looks so amazing. i just ate dinner but am suddenly craving i coppi!

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    Joanne
    April 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Oh I definitely need to try this place! Definitely a gem.

    Perhaps the cheese is burrata?

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    butter
    April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I went on an accidental date to I Coppi! I love that place . . .

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    lavenderpug
    April 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

    that looks really really yummy! although i never make it to the east village, because i'm a lazy fart. i may have to make an exception!

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    leenie
    April 15, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Um, your blog makes me hungry!

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    Ghenet
    April 15, 2011 at 2:36 am

    This looks and sounds SOO good. I definitely have to visit this place!

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    Mark
    April 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

    That pesto dish looks to die for. I love the atmosphere too. I could easily see myself splitting a bottle of wine there. Thanks for the post!

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