If you ever travel through San Mateo, California, you must absolutely stop at Osteria Coppa.  In a sea of Italian eateries, Osteria Coppa stands out in its committment to tradition, authenticity, and their support of local agriculture. Plus, they have the BEST Squid Pizza ever.

I love a restaurant that supports local farmers- especially in California, where amazing produce happens pretty much all year.  

At Osteria Coppa you’ll find an ever changing menu that centers around some traditional Italian techniques, like hand-stretched neapolitan pizza dough, and house-made pastas.

I also loved this take on a traditional, anchovy-rich Ceasar Salad.  Tangy, crisp and laced with an aged parmigiano reggiano.

How else to you enjoy such fresh, seasonal Italian food than a mouth-watering, steely red wine from the Alto Adige… Terlano, of course!

What could be better with a bowl of pasta smothered in an authentic, slow-cooked ragu than a glass of lagrein?  Thanks to expert bar man and Italian wine guru John Sanders, you might actually find a Lagrein (or two) by the glass.  Coppa’s wine program is ever-changing and always inspired.  In this case the smoky, rich, balanced Lagrein Greis from Terlano was perefect.  Plenty of acidity to handle the tomatoes in the sauce, and the backbone of a mountain wine to stand up to those gorgeous, palate-coating noodles.  I love this place!