Coppi's Organic
A convivial, darkly lit spot for Ligurian pastas and pizza.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006

Coppi's Organic
Address: 1414 U St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-319-7773
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Pizza, Italian, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 5 to midnight; Sunday 5 to 10 PM.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pear salad with mint and pecorino; roasted eggplant salad; soppresatta pizza with mint, parsley, and cremini mushrooms; chard pizza with raisins and ricotta; trenette with lamb sausage and peppers; Nutella calzone.
Price Details: Appetizers $5.95 to $8.95; pizzas $12.95 to $19.95; entrées $17.95 to $23.95.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

Roasted eggplant tossed with smoky mozzarella and parsley. Bosc pears with fresh mint and pecorino shavings. Coppi's is known mostly for its wood-oven pies, but these elegant preludes show it's much more than a pizza joint.

Not that the pizzas are anything to scoff at. They start with fresh basil leaves, creamy mozzarella, and a respectable crust and benefit from such toppings as spicy crimson soppresatta with mint, parsley, and cremini mushrooms or chard with raisins and ricotta. Much of the organic menu changes with the seasons. Pastas are made in-house--we lean toward the traditional Ligurian trenette, thick ribbons dressed up with lamb sausage and red peppers.

It's not all cheap--most entrée pastas are over $20--and it doesn't all taste quite as good as it sounds. A salad of seared butternut squash with ricotta salata, capers, and pine nuts was muted by flat seasoning.

Even so, booths in the narrow, deep-red dining room--covered with black-and-white photos of Italian cycling hero Fausto Coppi--are hard to find, especially on weekend nights.

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