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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.

        2. 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.

            1. 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!

              1. 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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                1. re: phneale

                  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.