Coppola’s in Sparkill has been a longtime coming. Chef-owner Sal Coppola has owned the old Tony’s Lobster House restaurant at the corner of routes 9W and 340 for four years now. At first, he just thought he’d be renovating a little.
Then he realized the building needed a lot more work than that. Then the bad economy came along. Four years later — he finally opened.
He’s taken the classics from his menus at his other two restaurants — both Coppola’s, too; one at 206 W. 79th Street and the other at 378 Third Ave. — and combined them with Northern and Southern Italian specials for a menu that suits a broad range of palates. There’s porcini risotto with shrimp; papardelle con carne (which includes a pan-seared short rib that’s cooked for four hours); pork chops with hot cherry peppers and grilled branzino with cherry tomatoes, basil and a medley of spinach and white cannellini beans.
Carucha L. Meuse was shooting photos at the restaurant a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a look at some of the dishes:
More, after the jump.
Grilled Pork Chop in garlic, hot cherry peppers, mushrooms, parsley, oven roasted new potato, and onions for $24 :
Linguine Nero, handmade black linguine, lobster, jumbo shrimp, scallops, tomato, cream and lobster sauce for $28:
Sal has owned the 79th Street Coppola’s for 20 years; the one on the East Side has been open for 11 years. He started cooking in restaurants when he was 15, and has cooked all over New York and New Jersey, including in Little Italy. This is his first restaurant outside the city.
Here’s a look at the enormous tree outside :
Sal says it’s a 350-year-old white ash. “I have to feed it,” he jokes. “It gets spaghetti and meatballs.”
Outdoor dining n the patio:
And here are pictures of the menus at Coppola’s:
So has anyone been yet? What do you think?
The 411 is coming. Until then: 500 Route 340, Sparkill. 845-680-2626, coppolas-nyc.com