Viva Nutella!

In honor of Italy’s win over Germany earlier today (but of course the satellite went out during the last thrilling minutes of the game – damn meteorological interference!) I thought I’d salute one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city – Coppi’s Organic on U Street.

We ventured there Sunday night, aiming to relax over some pizza and prosecco. Coppi’s serves up delicious food from the Ligurian region of Italy and is always packed. It’s a very small restaurant, so reservations are essential, especially if you want one of the wooden booths. Once situated you’re lulled by candlelight and dark red walls covered in Italian bike racing paraphernalia. It’s been a fixture on U since 1993, and despite its rising popularity increasing the difficulty of getting a table, or the accompanying rising of prices that seems to be endemic in my neighborhood these days, I still love to return. Why? Two words – nutella calzone…

The restaurant’s emphasis is on fresh ingredients from regional organic farmers, with a small antipasto and pasta menu that changes with the seasons. The pasta is made daily and varies. The pizza is also a good choice, featuring some seventeen selections. This time out we had a Saraceno, moroccan harissa and lamb sausage, and Salmone Affumicato, smoked salmon and capers. I also tried a roasted eggplant antipasto, meltingly soft and tossed with smoked mozzarella and red peppers.

But as I mentioned earlier, there is one reason I return to Coppi’s, and it’s for one particular dessert- their famous nutella calzone. It’s so simple – gobs of the chocolate hazelnut spread enveloped by pizza dough dusted with confectioner’s sugar – yet so addicting. Sure, they have plenty of other tempting items like decadently rich gelato made on the premises. But definitely try the nutella calzone at least once, and I defy you to be able to pass it up again.

1 Comment so far

  1. Alejandra (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

    Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for a good Italian place in this city (and i’ve been here five years…). Particularly excited about that Nutella Calzone…wow…

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