Light meal at Coda
Thought I'd bump this thread to report on a really nice meal I had at Coda recently. Stopped in with a friend on a friday night; I had the homemade ham platter and the green salad, my friend had the pasta puttanesca. I only had a bite of the pasta but it was tasty, with nice supple pasta.
The ham platter was excellent: thin slices of "lonza" - which I've never had under that name but seemed like a cured pork loin, "roasted ham terrine" - basically chunks of delicious and tender ham in aspic, and "spicy pork pate" - that's from the online menu description but I'd call it the world's best artisanal ham spread. Delicious. Came nicely presented on a wooden board with some grilled bread slices, a smear of grainy mustard and stacks of pickled beets, carrots, and cukes alongside.
The salad was also excellent - just lightly dressed boston lettuce with some supreme'd orange segments and olives, but made with care and respect for the products. (It warms my heart when a restaurant pays as much attention to their basic salad as they do to their charcuterie and such.) I got a very good vibe here - a sense that the kitchen cares about every plate that goes out.
We also had a very warm welcome and friendly, informed service. The waitress told me that the chef regularly butchers a whole pig and does his own curing, which happily is getting more common these days but is especially welcome at a place with such reasonable prices. If this were in my neighborhood I'd go all the time, but in any case I'll definitely go back.
329 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116