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What to order at Lupa

I will be going to Lupa this week and was wondering if there were any special suggestions from people who have eaten there? What are the must-haves and what is not worthwhile?
Any ideas?
Thanks!

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  1. Cured meats and pastas are definitely worthwhile - I like the bavette cacio e pepe, the gnocchi, and the carbonara.

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    1. re: Katherine H

      I have a really dumb question about Lupa. Is one expected to order both a pasta and a meet dish (primi and secondi) or do people routinely get just pasta?

        1. re: chickletworks

          I usually just have antipasti and pasta at Lupa. The pasta portions are on the smaller side, but I always leave satisfied if I have some salumi and vegetables in addition to my pasta.

          1. re: Katherine H

            I usually get 2 pasta dishes because the gnocchi and orecchiette with broccoli rabe are a must and if they have calf liver ravioli with truffles or something like that, I can't help but get that too.

            With response to the OP, I've had better luck the pasta and meats than with fish at Lupa.

            1. re: Porthos

              The orochiette are a must for us if offered. In adition to an antipasti and a meat dish, my wife and I usually order another pasta dish, as we've never been disappointed with any pasta dish that we've had at Lupa before.

          2. re: chickletworks

            If it's two (or more) of you, I'd get some antipasti and pasta and maybe split a secondo.

            To OP - if they're serving spaghetti with ramps, be sure to get that.

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            1. get the gnocchi with sausage ragu for sure. i dream about it.

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                1. re: beck

                  Not sure if it's a permanent offering, but the braised pork shin was to die for when I went. I also got a pasta and a veg (rapini), and I took my time eating -- 'twas perfect. Some leftovers, but not too much. Another time I tried their antipasti, and some were good (octopus with rosemary), some not so good (marinated tuna). Pastas and meats are consistently awesome, though.

                  1. re: ctscorp

                    Braised pork shoulder, you mean? One of my favorites. Much better alone (sometimes they shred it and toss it in pastas).

                    1. re: Kanger

                      No, shin. It was wrapped in a thick layer of fat and tied up, and the server told me to make sure to eat the fat (something I might not normally do). So glad I did,
                      I remember wondering if I'd ever eaten a shin before. That's how I know it was shin!

                      1. re: ctscorp

                        Wow, shin! I've never had shin either. Will have to try that (and will make sure to eat the fat). I hope it was a permanent addition to the menu ...

              1. Linguine with clams -- simple yet amazing at Lupa.