As most Italian restaurants do, Coza! treated us to some free Tuscan bread accompanied by olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip. It was very tasty, and had a hint of spiciness to it.
Caesar Salad $6. The anchovies in the dressing added a very fishy taste to the dish; I've never tasted it so strong before. It was simple and tasty but nothing amazing.
A friend of mine order their Pinot Grigio $8. It was fairly priced, and my friend said that it was very crisp and refreshing.
To accompany the Pinot, my friend ordered the Garlic Scampi, shrimp seared in garlic butter and finished with prosciutto and basil for $11. A bit pricey for my taste, but the smell of the shrimp smelled delicious.
Having never tried antipasto before, I went for Coza's Antipasto Mista for $7. It was basically a platter of various cold appetizers; garlic stuffed olives, roasted red peppers, basil-wrapped goat cheese, prosciutto, marinated asparagus hearts, salami, provolone cheese and a balsamic reduction. I quite enjoyed it, it was tasty and not too filling... perfect for my tiny tummy.
Having been told of Coza's home-made desserts, we were quite eager to order something sweet to end the lovely evening. Their menu has a wide array of sweet treats to choose from, and all of them are quite well priced (around $6-7)! Hmm... what would it be? Their limoncello cheesecake? Tiramisu? Classic gelato? The pear crostata?
It was a tough choice, but two of my friends settled on Coza's Vulcano di Cioccolato $6. A deliciously gooey, molten chocolate, warm-fudge cake topped with vanilla gelato. I sampled a bit, and that small spoonful sent me straight to heaven :P
Onto something cooler, my other friend order the Italian Bellini $6. Lemon and blood-orange sorbetto, with vanilla gelato, peaches and a touch of prosecco. Mmmm... I sample some of this one too, it was wonderfully refreshing and the alcohol did not overpower the dessert at all.
I finished off the evening with a nice warm cup of the Coza! Mochaccino $6. The frothed milk was perfectly done, and was rich, foamy and not too dry... just the way I like it. The fresh whipped cream was good, and the hint of french chocolate was even better.
The atmosphere at Coza! is amazing. If you didn't have to see the traffic buzzing buy the restaurant, when you sit on the patio, you could have imagined yourself to be dining in Tuscany itself. The indoor dining room was also quite elegant, having the feel of a fine-dining and yet rustic Italian café. I commend this restaurant on it's ambiance and the impressive service done by the staff. This restaurant is perfect for a special occassion; but if you planned on getting a lot of food for your dollar, this is not the place for you, as a main course can run you a good $25-30. But the food is well
Overall, the dining experience at Coza! was a pleasant one. I would definitely go again with friends, but it seemed a bit pricey and small-portioned to be expecting my parents to treat the entire family to. Maybe I'll treat the two of them to a romantic evening at Coza for their anniversary (although, I'm not sure the Tuscan feel would be the same in cold and blistery December :P)