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Bottarga at I Coppi

Dave Feldman May 27, 1999 12:58 AM

Another bottarga sighting. Had a wonderful lemony,
maccheroni with bottarga last night at i Coppi.

Two big developments at i Coppi:

1. They are now open for lunch
2. The garden in back is open now. It's a gorgeous
spot, but confined to parties of 1-3 people. As a
result, it has an unusually open feel for a NYC
garden. Romantic, too.

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    Allan Evans May 27, 1999 05:31 PM

    Why would they serve a "lemony" bottarga? All it needs
    is a drizzle of olive oil and parsley. The flavor of
    the bottarga ought to be enough, unless they use lemon
    to shave less bottarga over the pasta.

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    1. re: Allan Evans
      Dave Feldman May 27, 1999 06:34 PM


      Simple enough. I had never heard of "bottarga" let
      alone eaten it, until I heard about it here. So the
      first time I saw it on a menu, I ordered it. It is
      made with olive oil and parsley, but have no idea how
      much lemon was in the dish.

      I have no idea how bottarga is traditionally served,
      so I'm not claiming that i Coppi's is the world's best
      preparation of bottarga, only that I now understand
      what the fuss about bottarga is about.

      1. re: Dave Feldman
        Allan Evans May 27, 1999 06:54 PM

        Go to Balducci's. Their bottarga is superior to and
        less expensive than the not-so-fresh sacs being sold at
        Bella Italia (inside Chelsea Market). Great quality.
        Grate it over pasted made moist with olive oil. The
        purity of the flavor is transcendent. It is the Italian
        way of using a dried pressed caviar, and you wouldn't
        dream of adding lemon to sturgeon or beluga. It is
        widely eaten in Italy, probably originating in Sardinia
        - Sicily - and North Africa. Many great Italian foods
        are unknown here, as the Italian-American influence
        makes many diners uncomfortable with more authentic

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      Jim Leff May 27, 1999 02:30 AM

      Although Dave's disclosed this before, non regulars may not be aware that he's a longtime friend of i Coppi's owners.

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      1. re: Jim Leff
        stephen kaye May 27, 1999 09:42 AM

        we ve eaten at i. coppi, i think 5 times, in the last 8 months or so. always good, fun, easy, we sat in that grden are 5/10/99, its very cool. enjoy

        1. re: Jim Leff
          Frank Language May 27, 1999 12:12 PM

          "Although Dave's disclosed this before, non regulars
          may not be aware that he's a longtime friend of i
          Coppi's owners."

          But see, that's why it's good to drop his name when you
          go there! Besides that, I can't imagine that I would
          have liked it any less when I went if I hadn't been
          able to mention I knew Dave.

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