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)
Unbeatable atmosphere, delectable cuisine.