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- LupaJan 04, 2013
My first trip to the well-known Mario Batali restaurant had me with high expectations. I mean, I was a bit disappointed with Iron Chef Morimoto's flagship restaurant in NYC, so I was hoping not to get disappointed here. Turns out that although the prices made the dinner worth every bite, Lupa is a good restaurant that never really hits the "wow" level on the taste meter.
Table bread = Surprisingly cold foccacia. I mean, it wasn't bad; it was just a little disappointing, because it appeared to be warm and it would've been so damn good if it was warm.
Squash = Also surprisingly cold, but it's very flavorful.
Tonnarelli special pasta with pork ragu = Had a very unique, cheesy flavor. The Tonnarelli was cooked to a perfect al-dente.
Bucatini with Cured Pork = The cured pork was phenomenal here, but the sauce lacked a memorable flavor.
Hanger Steak w/ Polenta & Mushrooms = Well-cooked steak at more of a medium (than the requested medium-rare). The polenta had a strong butter flavor that made it taste more like movie theater popcorn than real polenta (albeit still very delicious)
Tartufo (Hazelnut gelato covered in chocolate) = This dessert (supposedly the most popular dessert according to our waiter) tasted like the top part of a Nestle Drumstick ice-cream cone. I wasn't too thrilled with this one.
All in all, Lupa is a very good Italian restaurant that dares to be a little different, while still maintaining a lot of the Italian authenticity that Batali is known for. It's definitely a nice place for a date, due to its romantic, dim-lit atmosphere and Italian charm. The food, however, just didn't wow me to the level that I thought Batali would.
- LupaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 04, 2012
I'm usually not a big fan of celebrity chef restaurants. Most are overrated and live off of their reputations not their food and service. Lupa is an exception. Despite its celebrity roots, Lupa manages to feel like a small neighborhood eatery. Food and service quality are very high. It can be tough to get a seat but well worth it for the opportunity to indulge in their cacio e pepe. Highly recommended.
- LupaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersLuxury TravelersTrendstersJul 04, 2012
Another great Mario Batali restaurant. The six-course chef's tasting menu is a steal at $60 per person - there's no menu, the chef just makes whatever he's in the mood for that night. Delicious!
- LupaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 04, 2012
Lupa is one of Chef Mario Batali's restaurants. While this is not considered one of his more high-end restaurants in style and price, it is still a very worthy Batali-owned restaurant to try. Being a trattoria, Lupa certainly does not disappoint in its food and wines. At the time, I sampled various small antipasti, with all of their pastas and meats being fresh and full of flavor. I recommend their beets and pistachio dish, as well as their selection of prosciuttos. As for their main course, their hanger steak was really good. The flavor is hard to describe, but definitely good. I recommend this place, and don't forget to book a reservation early, as they can get quite packed during peak hours(even during the weekdays).