Paul Reilly and Aileen Reilly, owners of Beast + Bottle at 719 East 17th Avenue, opened their second restaurant, Coperta, just a few blocks north at 400 East 20th Avenue at the end of July. But today marks the launch of something that the brother-sister duo have never attempted at their flagship eatery: lunch. Coperta begins lunch service today and will continue serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., from a list of new dishes along with a few favorites from the dinner menu.
The most noticeable diversions from Coperta's dinner menu are new salads and panini — four of each, to be exact. The salads, two of which can be ordered in a half portion along with a soup, are big and hearty enough to stand in as mains. The panini, built on focaccia from Babettes Bakery, are grilled to a firm crunch on the outside and stuffed with filling combos: the four-cheese Quattro, the eggplant-based Caponata, the chicken-and-pepperoni Pizzaiolo, and the house-special Coperta, with prosciutto, pickled peppers, arugula and provolone.
Guests can also choose from Coperta's antipasti, pasta plates and four larger secondi plates, some of which can be ordered as a "power lunch" that includes a soup or small salad, a cookie and a soft drink. For lunchers not looking for boozy beverages, there's a selection of "bebitas fizzante" — sparkling mocktails made with fruit juices and botanicals.
Other than the new lunch, Coperta's neighborhood appeal extends to a takeout dinner program and an upcoming cafe-style breakfast that will feature housemade pastries and coffee. Soon Coperta — which is Italian for "blanket" — will have you covered for every meal of the day. Keep reading for photos of some of the new lunch offerings.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.