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Coppa's Feast of the Seven Fish report

gini | Dec 25, 201310:20 AM

Of these Feast of the Seven Fish(es?) meals we've had, this was probably the most generous as well as the most interesting. To the menu!

Two raw oysters on ice with quince mingionette - very clean tasting

Kampachi crudo with blood orange-black olive emulsion, dashi braised pistachios, radish - I didn't know a crudo could be this earthy. Absolutely fabulous mixture of textures as well as flavors. Coppa also offered each dish on the prix fixe a la carte and this one was ordered with such abandon that they had to 86 the a la carte option just so they had enough fish for their 8pm seating.

BaccalĂ  Frittata - Salty, hearty and served with a bright salad - nice

Frutti di Mare con Fregola - a perfectly seared piece of fish over mussels nestled in an complex brodo - yes.

Black garlic chitarra with clams, prosecco, fennel - I wasn't in love with the first bite, but this dish definitely grew in flavor as I devoured the bowl.

Lobster pizza, tomato, calabrian chilis, scallions, meyer lemon aioli - ridiculous - an entire pizza that was spicy and bright, but I had it boxed up since I couldn't possibly eat any of it with all the other food.

Eel meatballs and braised eel in agro dolche putanessca - wow! We'd never had eel meatballs before, but the saltiness worked really well with the putanessca.

I can't believe there were 7 plates, 9 or so types of seafood, and such generous portions for $60. We took home two pizzas and left thoroughly stuffed. While we've enjoyed Prezza and Grotto in the past, I can't imagine a better option than Coppa on Christmas eve.

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