Tuesday, April 5, 2011

At the Copa Copa Cabana

A few weekends ago, Alex and I spent an entire Saturday touring the DC monuments. Knowing that we were going to be spending eight hours on foot, it was fantastic that Alex had scored dinner reservations at Coppi's Organic. Coppi's is a cozy restaurant on U Street that serves delicious organic, Italian fare. 

The restaurant is comfy and warm, bathed in candlelight and snug booths. At this tiny a restaurant, reservations are a must, and we were welcomed and sat immediately at a great table. 

We settled in and started to peruse the menu. 

Eating organic is nothing new for us. Wholefoods has been our go-to-grocery store for years. For me, it has little to do with the being a good hearted, good person, and doing good things for the earth; and has a lot to do with the fact that organic food simply tastes better.

We started the meal with some soft, chewy focaccia and olive oil. 

Then we moved on to Insalata della Casa, which came with a very large slice of cheese on top. Always the mark of a delicious salad, which was light and fresh.

Because neither of us could pick what to eat, we decided to share the Gnocchi  di Spinaci Novelli. A savory, filling housemade spinach gnocchi in a sauce of spicy ginger and tomato, with braised wild mushroom and smoked mozzarella...

And, a Pizze Margherita. An 8 inch pizza topped with bright red plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Both were gorgeous and totally delicious.

We also had a hard time making a decision on dessert. I really wanted the biscotti because it came with a glass of Vinsanto, a delicious dessert wine that Alex and I fell in love with in Greece.

But Alex, was really interested in the cheesecake, which came with a focaccia crust and blueberry topping.

So, we ended up being completely gluttonous and got both. The cheesecake was cool and creamy, the blueberry topping was tart and tasty, but we weren't so sure about the savory crust. The Vinsanto was reminiscent of drunken raisins, but the biscotti was a little dry and chalky. Needless to say, it didn't stop us from finishing both.

All and all the meal was the perfect, comforting ending to a long day of sightseeing around our nation's capitol.


  1. OMG that pizza looks so good. U street is a hike for us but we really need to get over there more. So much culture and hipsters :)

  2. Yay for gnocchi! I would've gotten both desserts too... for myself hehehe