We were there last night. What a mistake that was! We knew pretty early in to our arrival that it wasn't going to be good. You know when you just have that feeling? Worst part was we dragged 4 other foodies along with us. Oh well, misery loves company. Mr. Millygirl and I have had a few very good meals at Coppi, but that was a few years ago, and sadly things have changed quite a bit since then, and not for the better.
First off, our waiter. Where shall I begin? To give you an idea, he would have been very comfortable at something along the lines of The Spaghetti Factory. Honestly, the manner in which he was banging our plates around I thought I was sitting in a Swiss Chalet. Everything had to repeated at minimum twice, sometimes three times. We ordered a bottle of red and one white. Do you think he could keep straight who was drinking what? The service in general which was once crisp, confident and with fantastic table management, has been reduced to that of your average banquet hall.
Then the big upsell. I find that so cheesy. Did we want flat or sparkling? Did we want some brushetta? Did we want cocktails? I think normally I would find it helpful but it was this guys manner. He was barking at us the minute we sat down. Yes sunshine, calm down. We're gonna order all of the above, just give us a minute to settle in.
Now the food. Did I mention that they are in the middle of an Italian Food Festival of some sorts. Think Summerlicious but italian. Anyways, we all had a toast at the table and made a vow NEVER TO DO PROMOTIONAL DINING AGAIN - EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely horrible experience. Let's see the food was tasteless, COLD, overly salty, and extremely boring. Main course was either halibut done in parchment or osso bucco. Halibut was very boring and dry and osso bucco was the same, but even more so.
Now the best part - one person in our group had decided not to have the prix fixed menu and ordered two courses - an appetizer and main course pasta. The prix fixed menu was three courses and a desert. One of the three courses was a very small portion of spaghetti. So what do they do? They bring the guy's main course pasta out with our little bowls of spaghetti.
When questioned on this we were told 'well pasta is pasta, we bring all together'. Huh? Needless to say, we didn't see Fausto (the owner) for the rest of the evening.
When it came to ordering our coffee it was meyham. Going around the table, cream or milk, cream or milk. For f'sakes just bring us some of each, where hell are we anyways? Finally after getting himself all confused (again) he mumbled something about just bringing us some of each. Duh!!! I was picturing a bowl of creamers arriving like they do at Sunset Grill. It was a nightmare
Anyways, luckily we are all good friends and understand that you take the good with the bad. It happens. But I could not believe that this was the same Coppi that we had experienced about 4 years back. What the hell happened? Fausto would never have allowed such crap to come out of his kitchen back then. I remember the bread as being a highlight, served nice and warm and wrapped in a starched white linen napkin. Now it's cold dry toast slapped on a plate.
Even the famous risotto has been demoted to just another plate of gluey run of the mill yuckiness. Where's the pride?
Unfortunately we've had a few of these lately. Dinners out where Mr. Millygirl and I look at each other and say, why the hell didn't we just go to Pastis, or Scaramouche, or even Gio's. Our standard spots that are consistent and we know we're gonna have a good or even great meal, without any surprises.
What a circus Coppi was! Sorry hazelnutts and paw paws.