Friday, March 12, 2010

Restaurant of the Week from your favorite downtown Boston Hotel!

Whether you consider yourself a fixture in Boston's dining scene or are just a resident of the Boston area, chances are you have heard all the hype & rave about the hottest new restaurant in Boston Coppa. Tucked away on one of the darling side streets in the South End of Boston, Coppa is one of those little jewels you see in the movies that makes you think "wow I'd love a place like that in my neighborhood." Well wishes do come true, especially in the culinary capital of downtown Boston. We will go out on limb & say that this place has everything we love about Toro (the tasty small plates for sharing) & The Butcher Shop (where quality outweighs quanity any day, including the dining room size). Like the previous noteworthies, expect to wait & wait then wait some more. We have heard that wait times have exceeded two hours at times, so plan your evening accordingly as the restaurant does not accept reservations. Coppa may not take reservations but a noteable Boston hotel does, but we will get to that in a minute -- first food.

As far as the menus are concerned you will find a tour of the Italian penisula glass by glass (of wine that is) as well as regional favorites like handmade cavatelli, house salumi plates & crostini de fegato. The list goes on for these tasty plates starting at $5 each. Most of the food offerings are under $12, but with tapas style sharing that means you are not guaranteed an inexpensive experience. Though you will certainly find it worthwhile. If cocktails are your speed, then you will have to take it down a knotch here. The cocktail program features fabulous cordial, cello & liquer based concotions, which we love. Take our advice & take a break from the hard stuff. It is certainly not missed at Coppa where you will find yourself fond of the Aperol Spritzer (a favorite). Less intense then cousin Campari (by flavor & alcohol content), Aperol offers a slightly bitter taste that mixes perfectly with freshly squeezed orange juice & a splash of soda. Though we must credit Stella restaurant in Boston for featuring this lesser known liquer for years.

Now if you think you are going to make a night of it or enjoy a few pitchers of Aperol Spritzer then we suggest you drink responsibly, by reserving your evening at downtown hotel in Boston. Of course our pick is the Clarendon Square Bed & Breakfast the best hotel alternative in Boston. We love boutique hotels & you will find that this Boston bed & breakfast is in the perfect south end location to enjoy your night at Coppa. Only a few short blocks over separate these south end stand outs. If you like the intimate atmosphere of Coppa you will love Clarendon Square exuding all the charm of a bed & breakfast in Boston with the sophistication and style of a boutique hotel in downtown Boston. Each of our rooms are uniquely decorated & of course every room has access to our splendid rooftop, nestled six stories above the south end & beneath the sparkling Boston skyline. Fabulous food & stylish accomodation is the perfect combination for a perfect evening in Boston. And if you do not fill up at dinner no worries, we will take care of you at breakfast. We are a Boston B&B afterall.

Interested in Aperol for your home bar? Take a look at Clarendon Square's serving suggestion for Aperol

Aperol Spritz brought to you by Clarend Square a Boston Boutique Hotel
2 parts of Aperol (or Campari if you want something a little stronger)
1 part Prosecco (chill it first)
1 part Soda Water (chilled too)
Splash of freshly squeezed Orange Juice (yes fresh is important)
Serve tall on the rocks + Enjoy!

Clarendon Square Inn - a B&B in Boston MA

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