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What to order at Lupa

jrazzle Apr 30, 2007 02:50 PM

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?

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    Katherine H RE: jrazzle Apr 30, 2007 04:43 PM

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

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      chickletworks RE: Katherine H Apr 30, 2007 08:05 PM

      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?

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        DavidT RE: chickletworks Apr 30, 2007 08:30 PM

        You can order whatever you please!

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          Katherine H RE: chickletworks May 1, 2007 05:05 AM

          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.

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            Porthos RE: Katherine H May 1, 2007 07:50 PM

            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.

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              RCC RE: Porthos May 2, 2007 06:52 AM

              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.

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            mjps2 RE: chickletworks May 8, 2007 11:01 AM

            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.

        2. fat parish RE: jrazzle Apr 30, 2007 09:14 PM

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

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            beck RE: fat parish May 2, 2007 09:53 AM

            And the sunchokes!

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              ctscorp RE: beck May 8, 2007 08:47 AM

              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.

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                Kanger RE: ctscorp May 8, 2007 12:04 PM

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

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                  ctscorp RE: Kanger May 8, 2007 12:14 PM

                  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!

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                    Kanger RE: ctscorp May 8, 2007 02:45 PM

                    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 ...

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            emgoodman RE: jrazzle May 8, 2007 12:48 PM

            Linguine with clams -- simple yet amazing at Lupa.

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              RawTunaFan RE: jrazzle May 8, 2007 07:35 PM

              My favorites are the fennel sides, the saltimboca, the tuna cured in olive oil and for dessert ...of course, this spectacular concoction with wine soaked figs, (i think) and marscapone...delish!

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                phneale RE: jrazzle May 8, 2007 07:40 PM

                Salumi platter, a must. The lardo is the best I have ever had and so is the tongue. The orichette with rapini is fabulous.

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                  shirlotta RE: phneale May 8, 2007 07:52 PM

                  i just re-visited lupa for the first time in years this past weekend. my boyfriend and i got the gnocchi, the orechiette (freshly made) with house-made sausage rapini, a special salad of slivered sugar peas over baby arugula with a simple citrus vinaigrette and fresh ricotta, and the salumi platter - ending with a cheese plate. the gnocchi (which lots of people have mentioned) is tender and light, with yummy sauce that's just acidic enough. the orechiette was amazing - i'd never had home-made orechiette before. the texture was wonderful, and the sauce garlicky and punchy. the sausage was good, too. the salad was fresh and crispy, perfect on a spring day. and the cured meats were really special, as others have mentioned. the cheese plate was good but not spectacular.

                  note: sitting at the bar to eat is very easy and nice if you just want to walk in at a semi-early hour. the bartenders are really friendly and helpful about the dishes, wine-pairings, et cetera.

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