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Lupa...looking for ideas for what not to miss

I am going to Lupa tomorrow with a group of people. We've never been. And recs on what not to miss? Thanks...

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  1. the spiced date desert with an almond in the middle and mascarpone and I think a wine reduction sauce is one of the best desserts i have ever had. you are going to be so full that you will want to skip dessert . . . but resist, this dish is delicious.

    1. Was just there last night - the salumi is all great, as are the pastas. I thought the carbonara was off a bit (and not as good as Otto's last week), but the bucatini al' amatricana was good and the ricotta gnocchi was outstanding. Though I didn't have it last night, I also think the pollo alla diavola is spicy and delicious.

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      1. re: jdmetz

        I'll second the bucatini al' amatricana - the best I've ever had in a restaurant.

      2. I went a couple nights ago and got the pennette con trippa alla romana. If you like tripe, this was the best rendition of it I've ever had. I was doubtful about the inclusion of pasta in the dish, but it really helped to balance out the tripe. It was a little spicy. Amazing dish.

          1. re: Lucia

            The ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage ragu is an absolute must. I also love the braised pork shoulder, although only as an entree (not as much when it's shredded and tossed into pasta).

            1. re: Kanger

              Yes, the ricotta gnocchi was the star of my recent visit. We're still talking about it weeks later.

          2. If they have the Orechette (probably spelling that wrong) with salciccia (definitely spelling that wrong) and broccoli rabe (woo!), I would give that a try. It's a hollow, round pasta, squished into a kind of ear-shape, and has a great texture; Lupa does it very well.

            And as everyone has said, their cheese/meat appetizer plate is stellar.

            If you're getting a dessert wine, all the Batali restaurants carry a Brachetto, an interesting sparkling red that I'd recommend.

            1. I had the chicken al diavolo (sorry about spelling) and it was awesome.

              1. the gnocchi are like clouds . Never had any like them a must

                1. I went to Lupa once with friends and had a horrible experience. We made the mistake of having the veal saltimbanco (not sure about the spelling)and it was really awful. The wine was good though but too hot. The place is small and cramped and they don't have a wine cellar so the wine is not at the right temperature. We did not find that the service was all that great either.

                    1. I had the saltimbocca also. It was served like a large breakfast pancake. it was a giant circle filling the plate. The first few bites were good, then it tasted like salty dried shoe leather.

                      1. Too noisy. Dessert was a debacle. I was the only one at the table who ordered dessert. Two of our dinner companions were celebrating a wedding anniversary. Dessert was brought to the table w/ a candle in it & presented to my companions-who blew out the candles & ate the dessert. I asked for the dessert I had ordered & was told by server that my dessert had been delivered. I told the server I had not received my dessert and she apologized and said she presumed it was for the table, so she brought it for the special occasion with a candle. I told the server that that was not right, that I was the only one who ordered dessert, and that I was not served dessert. She understood, and went to the back to inquire of the manager, and she came back & said that the policy of the restaurant was not to serve FREE DESSERT! So it seemed they not only did not deliver my dessert, but intended to charge for the one brought with a candle to two persons who did not order dessert. Then the manager/maitre d' came over to the table & asked if there was a problem. I told him what happened and he said if I would like to order an additional dessert I could but I would have to pay for an extra dessert! Made me feel like a beggar or a cheat, when it was certainly not my error. By the way, the dessert was on the bill! Lousy customer management.

                        Also the place is so small the people at bar are on top of the tables, so sit in the back if you must go