Zuppa opened last night in the old Cafe Monk space on 4th Street at Freelon across from Fringale. The fairly extensive menu is southern Italian with reasonable prices (appetizers are $6 to $9, and entrees are $16 - $19). The wine list is exclusively Italian with 26 whites and 40 reds. Wine prices range from $25 to a top of $220 with most selections being below $40. There is also a wine "By the Glass -or- By the Brocca" program with glasses of wine ranging from $7 to $13.
Inside, although the "Monk" portraits are gone, little has changed other than the addition of some nice bright paint. There is seating at the small bar, and seating for 10 along a counter in front of the kitchen. Tables (both upstairs and down) make up the rest of the seats. The exterior has also been painted and it spruced the place right up.
The menu is broken into six sections: Afettati (sliced meats), Pizze (pizza), Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, and Contorni (vegetable side dishes). There must be a dessert menu, but I didn't see it.
Portions appear to be large, especially the gigantic "Zuppa di Pesce Cuscusi" (mussels, clams, prawns and rockfish) which is served in an enormous ceramic bowl.
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