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Rocca vs. Coppa

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nasilemak Jun 9, 2010 11:59 AM

What would be your recommendation between the two spots? Is the new (and pricier) menu at Rocca worth checking out?

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Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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    iamsam Jun 9, 2010 12:47 PM

    Definitely Coppa, by a long shot.

    Went to Rocca a few weeks ago, and found the food to be far more precious than Coppa (though not as interesting, flavor-wise). The menu looks to have changed a bit since, but in particular:

    Rocca's Formaggi Bianco (parmesan, taleggio, ramps & garlic) vs. Coppa's Rampe pizza (Rampe / Wild leeks, mozzarella, chili flake and sunny side farm egg): advantage Coppa (leeks more flavorful, and that delicious runny egg)

    Rocca's Taleggio Envelopes (morels, fava leaves, ramps & peas) vs. any of Coppa's pastas: advantage Coppa (the flavor of the envelopes was nice, but 4 small envelopes, with a toned-down taleggio taste? Not impressed.)

    The crispy artichokes at Rocca were nice as a bar snack.

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    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2010 01:10 PM

      I haven't sample Faison's menu yet at Rocca; it is clear she has revamped it quite a bit since she took over.

      I love Coppa's food, but no reservations still means long waits at prime time, and a cramped table whenever you do get seated. Rocca has a superior, off-street patio, and takes reservations.

      Coppa is doing extraordinary cocktails within the limits of a beer/wine/cordial license. Rocca has full liquor, but features very ordinary bartending, expensive without being crafty.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Coppa
      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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