HOT REPLACEMENT: Coppa

Ken Oringer is no fool: he knows his acclaimed restaurant empire, including local favorites Clio and Uni, is doomed if he doesn’t cultivate good lieutenants. Thus he raided a rival to snare Jamie Bissonnette, one of Boston’s most interesting young chefs, to bring some offal-accented innovation to his luxury steakhouse, KO Prime. Next, Oringer moved Biss over to Toro and tasked him with reinvigorating the phenomenally popular Spanish restaurant’s tapas menu. This autumn, Bissonnette’s stellar contributions will be rewarded with a fresh challenge: helming Coppa (253 Shawmut Avenue, Boston), Oringer’s new locavore enoteca, which will serve Italian small plates, handmade pastas, charcuterie, and wood-oven pizzas in the former home of The Dish. With the eminently talented and charming Courtney Bissonnette running the front of the house, and with what should be a fascinating wine program and one sweet patio, Coppa appears destined to bring a certain unmistakable sizzle to sleepy Shawmut Avenue.