Stroller-town over on Southport has another a new restaurant, this one from Billy Lawless (The Gage) and Ryan O'Donnell (Gemini Bistro). Once visitors step into Coda di Volpe, they're greeted by the aroma of Neapolitan pizzas baking in the wood-burning oven in the rear of the restaurant. It's a welcome smell, as chef Chris Thompson and Co. take diners on a trip to southern Italy.
The restaurant should open sometime next week at 3335 N. Southport Ave. When it does, it won't be the first pizza place on Southport, which already counts Coalfire and D'Agostino's on the strip. But Thompson's pizzas are a different breed, with an airy crust topped with fresh ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and fennel sausage. Wood-grilled octopus and mortadella/prosciutto meatballs are other menu highlights (see below).
Construction crews built a new restaurant from the ground up. The firm from 555 created the space, inspired by 1950s and 1960s modern Italian design. They've incorporated brass and black-bronze and warm wood throughout the space. Check out the U-shaped booths on the way to the open kitchen where that beautiful oven sits. There's 100 seats, with 25 at the bar.
View the photos and menu below.