Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Coppa & Ken Oringer

Last week, James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer announced plans to open his sixth Boston restaurant.

Coppa, which will be located in the city’s South End just six blocks away from his Barcelona-themed tapas bar Toro, is slated to open in late August as an Italian enoteca (wine bar). The Web site ( will be up soon.

Oringer and partner Jamie Bissonette, currently chef de cuisine @ Toro, are developing an Italianate menu of small plates, handmade pasta, pizzas, and the charcuterie and nose-to-tail cooking for which the two men are both renowned. Prices will be under $13.

Bissonette’s wife Courtney will run the front of the house, which holds just 40 seats indoors, plus 24 more on a brick patio outside. Italian wines and artisinal beers will be poured, and ingredients will be “as local and sustainable as humanly possible,” promises Oringer.

I am eagerly looking forward to this new restaurant, especially as I think Chef Bissonette has done some a great job at Toro. Plus, it looks like this will be a value restaurant too.

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