Vino Paradiso becomes Coppia

The wine-loving Pearl District restaurant is relaunching as Coppia, with a renewed focus on pairing food and wine.

By Allison Jones August 1, 2011

Bringing a little bit of Piedmont to PDX.

Get ready to add Coppia to your "new" restaurants to try list. Vino Paradiso’s new name has just been released, and the Italian moniker reflects a heightened focus on Piedmontese wine and cuisine. Coppia means "pair," "couple," or "duo" in Italian, and a new menu is in the works, focusing on pairing traditional dishes from Chef Aren Steinbrecher (a Genoa alumnus) and Sous Chef Jason Bokros with wine picks from sommelier Wil Stasney.

The relaunching menu and vino selections will focus on traditional flavors from Piedmont, Italy: think handcut Tajarìn pasta with hearty wild boar ragù and whole pan-fried trout with zesty Italian salsa verde, paired with a well-curated wine list that’s full of food-friendly picks and lesser-known Piedmontese varieties.

After a successful contest to choose a new name for the Pearl District spot, owners Timothy Nishimoto and Todd O’Connor selected Coppia to highlight the spot’s double identity as a wine bar and restaurant. The restaurant relaunch is set for September 1st, and will also feature a makeover of the eatery’s interior. Salute, Coppia, and welcome to the scene.

Vino Paradiso (Soon to be Coppia): 417 NW 10th Avenue; 503-295-9536
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