Coperta

400 E. 20th Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80205
720-749-4666
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  • Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Online Reservations Available
Brother-and-sister team Paul and Aileen Reilly couldn’t have picked a better spot for Coperta, their Italian followup to Beast + Bottle. Its location across from Benedict Fountain Park means that after a leisurely meal, you can walk out the door, belly full of wine and pasta and cheese, and engage in that most Italian of traditions: the passeggiata, or evening stroll. Prior to launch, the pair traveled widely throughout Rome and points south, and came home with a menu that includes several knockout dishes, including chewy cavatelli with meat ragù, bucatini all'amatriciana with salty nubs of guanciale, and polenta, which defies its humble origins with a richness that comes from butter and leftover whey. Chicken isn’t always the most exciting dish on a menu, but Coperta’s pollo allo diavolo makes you reconsider that assumption: Diavolo means “devil,” and this wood-charred half-chicken lives up to its name, fiery from its chile marinade, Calabrian chiles and the red-tinged chile oil ringing the plate. The Reillys have brought interesting touches to their newest restaurant, such as spuzzulia, a chef’s-choice selection of off-menu nibbles, and a mozzarella bar, which allows you to build your own cheese plate with add-ons from Sienese peppers to fig vincotto.

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