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how Tom S. could give Opera two stars is beyond me. The food was pretty bad as I remember and we were quite limited as the table next to us steered us away from the pasta dishes. Best U street meal has been at Coppies Organic.

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[normally I would agree re: Coppi's, however I had an incredibly bad meal there last Friday - bland food and service that was truly brain dead.]

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Sorry to hear about the meal. I usually recommend Coppis for decent food and good service. Last time we were there the owner came over and poured us wine from his collection.

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I was just thinking "Coppi's Organic" should have it's own discussion." Thanks DR!

Quickly (because I do need to do some work occasionally), I really like the atmosphere, the food and the wine. But every few visits, something seems to go horribly awry. Once it was the winter version of trenette coming out horribly gloppy and buried under some relative of fennel I couldn't identify. This past time, it was a sorrily underseasoned, soupy gnocchi served with a side of brain-dead service. I would paste the description of the gnocchi preparation below, however the web site is not updated.

[maybe now is a good time to start a list of the worst offenders in the "restaurants that screw me over by posting old menus or no menus on their old-ass web sites"]

Essentially it was gnocchi primavera with every vegetable found in the fridge. No discernable sauce except a puddle of...brownish olive oil at the bottom. Ugh. Fortunately, three servers noticed my largely untouched dish and after standing around me, scratching their heads and generally making this seem like a tragedy, they took it off the bill (I was not going to suggest that).

That was typical of the service. Really trying to be helpful, but we seemed to have three men waiting on us, one of whom was absolutely gorgeous, but completely dim. At one point, I asked about an unfamiliar-to-me flavor (fiordilatte) of gelato on the dessert menu, sandwiched between coffee gelato with Belgian chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. I asked him about the flavor of "fiordilatte" but should have just guessed, I see now.

With exaggerated patience, he bent over to get closer to my menu and me. Speaking very sloooooowwwly, he said "those are our gelato flavors. Would you like one or more of them to finish your meal?" It was funny...my friend and I were sitting there stifling laughter as the guy spoke to me as if I were six. I don't know...it was just weird to me. He never did tell me what it was so feel free to enlighten this country bumpkin - I got coffee with chocolate and it hit the spot. :P

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I have a take-out only policy now after having horrid service time after time at Coppi's. I love the food but there were so many times we were seated and ignored, left to choke down our food with no offer of wine or water refills and generally put out by absentee service, even when the place was empty. It's been more than a year since we've dined in...maybe I'll give it another shot.

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Coppi's Organic has two ways of cooking their food: The pastas are boiled, but every other thing in the restaurant is cooked in the wood-burning pizza oven - there's no kitchen other than what you see when you walk in.

There were four things wrong with the Trenette con Pesto Corto this evening: The pasta was cooked too long, there was too much water in the bowl, it lacked salt, and an appetizer portion ($14.95) was just too expensive. This sounds like a damning list of things, but it was actually a pretty decent bowl of pasta, although one I wouldn't rush back to order. It was also the only weak link in an otherwise spectacular meal.

A medium Al Cinque Formaggi pizza ($14.95) with extra toppings of pork sausage and pancetta ($2 each) was - and I realize I've been saying this a lot lately - one of the best pizzas I've ever had in this town. The combination of five cheeses would have been good on its own, but the addition of the sausage and pancetta made it into a spectacular pie - one which caught the eye of expediting chef Elizabeth Bright. According to our server, Bright had her pizzaiolo make the same pizza and shared it with her staff for their opinions - this one might end up on the menu, but if it doesn't, order it anyway.

Service tonight was fantastic - our server had originally brought out a little ball of pizza dough to amuse my young dining companion, and then subsequently offered to cook one in the oven. And sure enough, fifteen minutes later one came out, in the form of a rock-hard, baseball-sized dinner roll. It was useful for sopping up the remains of the pasta sauce. although the excellent focaccia served at the beginning of the meal was better. When my little pal went up to get a glimpse of the pizza oven, Chef Bright spent a good ten minutes talking to him, telling him the ins-and-outs of how the kitchen works - she had no idea who we were; she was simply being nice to a curious child.

And who knew that one of the greatest things I've eaten this summer would be at Coppi's? Pesche al Forno ($7.95) is made with local peaches, glazed with Marsala, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and served with a terrific homemade fiordilatte gelato. This was nothing more than farmers-market fresh peach slices, perfectly roasted in the oven, with the sweet-cream gelato melting into the oven-hot bowl, combining to make what may just be the best version of peaches and cream I've ever had. Listen to what I'm saying here: Don't miss out on this dessert. I promise you'll thank me if you order this.

Cheers,

Rocks.

P.S. Coppi's also has a curbside pick-up service - if you call when you arrive, they'll bring your order out to your car.

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Since this thread got bumped, I should update my last comment (from 2 years ago!) about service ... I've been staying for dinner with greater regularity and not only does the service seem much better, the place also seems as crowded as ever. It's one of regular go-tos.

I tried the Saraceno pizza for the first time recently (I have a hard time straying from the soppressata) and it was terrific - lamb sausage with spicy harissa and smoked mozzarella.

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Good reminder to make a note of our experience a couple weeks ago.

I can't remember the exact details of what we had, a couple of appetizers and a couple of pizzas, but it was the least memorable of all of the meals that we have had in our almost-complete mission to try all of the restaurants in the Washingtonian cheap eats guide. Completely edible, but also completely bland and boring - exactly what we would have expected given our prior unastonishing visit a few years ago. Why in the world did this restaurant make the cut for the cheap eats list?

Our service, on the other hand, was very good. Until the server started addressing us and the table next to us as if we were part of the same table, which was an unnecessary reminder that the tables are WAY too close together. (Thank goodness there was no one seated next to us on the other side because I am fairly certain that otherwise we would have had to disturb the whole row of tables in order to get my very pregnant body out for bathroom breaks).

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My +1 took me to dinner here tonight as a little celebration. We split a starter was roasted slices of corn from Sunnyside with garlic and slices of lime. It was sweet, it was slightly charred, it was awesome. We each probably could have eaten several plates of this and been happy.

We then split the gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms in cream sauce, and a medium siracusa pie. The sauce for the gnocchi was a bit thinner than we had expected, but the flavors melded surprisingly well - no watery-ness at all - and the pizza was stellar, with the peperoncini adding a nice bite to the pork sausage and red onion. Nicely blistered thin crust.

For dessert, the +1 got the roasted peaches that Don got - nothing further to add to his kudos. I got the caffe viennese, with the same gelato as with the peaches, espresso, whipped cream, and dutch cocoa powder to cut the sweetness a bit. Good, not transforming, but good.

Service was terrific. Not a cheap eat, given that we got 2 drinks, a beer and a glass of prosecco. But it fit the occasion perfectly.

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We also dined at Coppi's last SAturday before the DEJF concert at the Lincoln. Carlos (owner) graciously waived corkage on the SAngiovese I brought with us which paired well with the lamb sausage pizza and pasta with pancetta and leeks (a little chewy to my taste). While $25 for a portion of pasta is hardly a bargain, the ingredients were fresh and the flavors were vibrant. We'll return sooner than later.

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We also dined at Coppi's last SAturday before the DEJF concert at the Lincoln. Carlos (owner) graciously waived corkage on the SAngiovese I brought with us which paired well with the lamb sausage pizza and pasta with pancetta and leeks (a little chewy to my taste). While $25 for a portion of pasta is hardly a bargain, the ingredients were fresh and the flavors were vibrant. We'll return sooner than later.
CArlos? What happened to Pierre and Elizabeth?

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A late-ish dinner at Coppi's last evening left me wondering why I had not been back to this place for so long. My guest and I shared the serviceable charcuterie plate (not because we expected it to be great but because we were both famished and knew it would emerge quickly.) Having staved off a hunger induced mania, we could set about reaching a mutually agreeable pizza decision.

We settled on the pancetta. The crust struck a crispy, crunchy, chewy balance. The inarguably fresh vegetables (mushrooms and onions and something else) sang a seamless chorus with the generous portions of pancetta, and an appropriately reserved amount of sauce. This was a very good pie.

Charcuterie plate, very good pie, compelling service, a graciously waived corkage and the tab was $32 (not including tax or grat.) I left promising to the night that I would reacquaint myself with this charming little place soon.

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Originally intended to go to Bar Pilar, but understandably the place was packed, and I couldn't take standing around on a sprained ankle while hoping for a seat. Also, the noise! So, we hobbled over to U street, and went to Coppi's, where there were several tables we could sit at.

We started with chard with ricotta, and tomato and mozzarella salad. Then for the entree we split a dinner portion of gnocci mixed up with a whole bunch of veggies (fava beans, artichokes, tender asparagus, and tomato) and bacon. mmm, bacon. Dessert was espresso and ice cream and whipped cream for nick, and a lemon zabaglione with sliced strawberries mixed in for me.

Dinner wasn't a revelation, and it wasn't haute cuisine. It was, however, comforting, and friendly, and quite good. And when it was time for us to totter home, they walked us to the door, and waved us on to the pleasant night.

PS- the corn is supposed to be coming soon. Damn, I miss that corn.

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"Is this really how much it is?" was my immediate reaction.

I'd walked into Coppi's and ordered a large pizza to go, and had a beer while I waited for it to cook. The check was $34.04 (for a fourteen-inch pizza and a bottle of beer!), and since I was sitting there, I felt like I should leave a tip, which brought it up to $41.04. Ouch!

But I love the pizza here, and continue to think Coppi's is a top-five pizza in the city on any given day. A Pancetta ($24.95) is made with freshly rolled dough (like all their pizzas), topped with assorted greens, cremini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, and of course, plenty of pancetta. A sous chef appeared out of nowhere and made this right before my eyes, and timed it perfectly in the hot, wood-burning oven.

Coppi's is pushing it with their prices - the entrees are all cooked in the pizza oven, yet the entry-level dinner price is $25.95 (click). But the service here is always genuinely warm, and every time I have their pizza, I wonder why I don't order it more often. Perhaps with the advent of <muffled scream>...

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Just a good word for an old favorite. Having not been in ages, happened to end up at coppis twice in the last month. Very cozy, very delicious. Particularly the 5 cheese pizza and the mushroom ravioli special. Solid neighborhood spot.

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Has it really been this long?

Does anyone know the status of Coppi's Organic? I've seen very little about it on the internet, but my jaw dropped when I saw this Yelp review from October 30, 2013.

Their Facebook page has an August 29, 2013 update implying that a reopening may be forthcoming.

Could it have happened? Can someone have a look the next time they go by? Coppi's was extremely polarizing, with vocal fans and detractors alike - you can count me as one of the former. I believe this was the first area restaurant to cook every single item in their wood-burning stove - to the best of my knowledge, there were no burners in the entire restaurant.

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Has it really been this long?

Does anyone know the status of Coppi's Organic? I've seen very little about it on the internet, but my jaw dropped when I saw this Yelp review from October 30, 2013.

Their Facebook page has an August 29, 2013 update implying that a reopening may be forthcoming.

Could it have happened? Can someone have a look the next time they go by? Coppi's was extremely polarizing, with vocal fans and detractors alike - you can count me as one of the former. I believe this was the first area restaurant to cook every single item in their wood-burning stove - to the best of my knowledge, there were no burners in the entire restaurant.

They're down on OpenTable, for sure.

That's too bad - Coppi's was one of the very first places, in my recollection, to brave the New World of the U Street corridor. When it opened, it was still very much Da Hood. Plus Utopia, Bohemian Caverns, and ... that was about it.

A moment of pause for a fallen soldier.

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They're down on OpenTable, for sure.

That's too bad - Coppi's was one of the very first places, in my recollection, to brave the New World of the U Street corridor. When it opened, it was still very much Da Hood. Plus Utopia, Bohemian Caverns, and ... that was about it.

A moment of pause for a fallen soldier.

What's with the Yelp review?!

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What's with the Yelp review?!

Look at the person's other reviews.  The woman is from San Francisco and seems to be putting up comments on places she has traveled in the past.  On the same day as the Coppi review, she wrote of a Barracks Row salon:  "I visited Soleil with a few friends for a mani-pedi last summer and the service was great."

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They're down on OpenTable, for sure.

That's too bad - Coppi's was one of the very first places, in my recollection, to brave the New World of the U Street corridor. When it opened, it was still very much Da Hood. Plus Utopia, Bohemian Caverns, and ... that was about it.

A moment of pause for a fallen soldier.

Years ago I was on an affable basis with Pierre who, with Elizabeth, had opened Polly's cafe on U Street, which was the first new establishment on U street probably in decades.  Pierre was bitching about all the work he was doing getting his new pizza joint down the street opened and I said, "but you said you weren't interested in opening another place," and he said, "[something to the effect of] I couldn't help myself.  They needed a tenant to get the development jump-started so they gave me the space rent-free."

What he didn't bitch about was the long trip he and Elizabeth took to eat their way through Italy, trying to find the key to the perfect pizza.  That sounded a lot more like bragging.

Pierre and Elizabeth also opened the short-lived and much-lamented (by me) Vigorelli's on Connecticut; the pain of its failure is amplified by the fact that the inexpensive and utterly authentic Italian joint was been replaced by the loathsome-in-every-way Cleveland Park Bar and Grill.  I think after a decade on the cutting edge they finally got ahead of their time.  If they'd opened Vig's on 7th Street today, there'd  be a line out the door tomorrow.

I wonder where they went.

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I walked by tonight, and Coppi's is still closed.  There are signs on the building for the upcoming Louis at 14th apartments.  The closed DC Noodles and Utopia sites both have signs saying they're re-opening (Utopia says in 2013, I don't remember if the year on DC Noodles' sign was also 2013.)  Coppi's does not have such a sign.

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