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Lupa - What to order !

Bronte Jun 30, 2006 07:20 PM

Everyone seems to rave about Lupa but very few mention specific dishes. W're going tonight - any recs on what to order? Is the idea of the antipasti listed on their menu to order a bunch and share?

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    snickers Jul 6, 2006 07:41 PM

    Last time I was there (Father's Day) there was a spectacular steak and watermelon special... perfect for summer. Cubes of meat and melon skewered together then topped with a pile of mint/cucumber/chili flakes/herbs I can't identify. I think about it at least twice a week.

    Never had their gelato but if you don't feel like knocking back that grapefruit-sized tartufo, Emack & Bolio's is just a few blocks away... and they serve kiddie cups.

    1. wleatherette Jul 6, 2006 03:00 PM

      don't miss the tartufo. i'm not a big sweets person, but i could have eaten half a dozen.
      the beets, artichokes, and eggplant caponata are my favorites from the veg antipasti. if there is eel or pork shoulder as a special, go for it. the duck and the lamb sausage from the daily special menu are both excellent as well, and i loved the grilled asparagus and braised escarole we had as sides recently.

      1. carbonara Jul 1, 2006 02:49 PM

        The gnocchi! The only good gnocchi I've ever had outside of Italy.

        Any of the special pastas (agree with above about the orecchiette. Ravioli also very good.) Avoid the cacio e pepe -- uninteresting.

        The fishes can be surprisingly delicate, if someone doesn't feel like pasta.

        Batali also makes the only real gelato west of the Atlantic, so have gelato.

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          RCC Jun 30, 2006 09:55 PM

          I won't be surprised if you get different suggested dishes with each response. It's simply a can't miss place. When you're there, just go with your gut instincts or try their version of dishes that you've had elsewhere.

          Be that as it may, and just so I can have something to recommend, if they have the orrochiete pasta special, you'll definitely have to order that!

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            anon646 Jul 1, 2006 10:51 PM

            I totally agree...with this place it's hard to choose since all of it is really good. If anything I really enjoyed the Tartufo dessert!

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              anon646 Jul 6, 2006 02:17 PM

              Yes! The Tartufo is absolutely fantastic!!

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            ChrisZ Jun 30, 2006 09:25 PM

            I have never had the tasting menu, but the people next to me did and it looked nice.

            I create my own tasting menu by splitting pasta dishes which Lupa does not mind doing.

            I have always enjoyed their oxtail alla vaccinara, beets, fennel, gnocci and pasta specials. The last time I was there that had a trippa pasta special that looked really good.

            Oh and housemade limoncello.

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              JeremyEG Jun 30, 2006 09:19 PM

              Hey there,
              You're in for a treat. I would definitely order as many of the antipasti as you can handle. The seafood is especially good. For the pastas, I would go with the Bucatini or the Cacio e Pepe although all the pastas I've had there have been great. They also now offer a $60 6 course tasting menu which I've had a couple times which is delicious but a huge amount of food. The wines are also quite affordable and they recommend very good bottles. Enjoy your dinner!


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