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buzz t Sep 30, 2007 09:14 AM

Going to LUPA and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I should definitely order/try...? I know the menu is seasonal and changes so I'd apprecite any thoughts. Thanks.

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    Simon Oct 5, 2007 06:27 AM

    i stopped going there because of the more than occassional rude vibe/attitude, but the brussels sprouts are delicious

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      buzz t Oct 5, 2007 06:31 AM

      sorry to hear about your bad experience there Simon. Can I ask what it was that turned you off?

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        Simon Oct 6, 2007 02:59 AM

        Oh, i don't want to beat a dead horse too much, as i've written about my Lupa problems here before, and i don't hate the restaurant or anything...but i object to the attitude that one often receives there (and at Batali places in general): the attitude they give off is that one should be lucky to get to dine there and not vice-versa, and that their rules are written in stone, etc...the last straw was rude treatment from a hostess who refused to seat our incomplete party in the late afternoon when the place was fairly empty: i understand the policy, but the snotty delivery of the message turned me off...it was the most aggregious example but not the only one, and i have felt similarly at Esca, Babbo, and Casa Mono (which i rather like, but boycotted for a while after we were evicted from our table after spending quite a lot on wine and food and before we'd stay long at all)...at Lupa, i like the brussels sprouts, the orchiette, and a few other things, but i'd rather go to a place like Cacio e Vino, where the food is equally if not more delicious, and the staff/hosts/owner know how to welcome their guests...

    2. michele cindy Oct 5, 2007 05:20 AM

      If you go on a Friday, the whole roasted fish is very good.

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        buzz t Oct 4, 2007 10:46 AM

        Thanks everyone for suggestions!

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          Bill Strzempek Oct 1, 2007 06:24 PM

          Spaghetti carbonara. If it's back on the menu.

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            shortstop Oct 4, 2007 07:07 PM

            I heartily second the carbonara. Just had it Sunday and it was as good as ever. For dessert, their tartufo is excellent. Hazlenut gelato studded with pieces of biscotti covered with melted chocolate.

          2. steve h. Oct 1, 2007 06:16 PM

            the cured meat platter is wonderful as a shared antipasto or stand-alone lunch. pair with an inexpensive tocai.

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              emgoodman Oct 1, 2007 03:44 PM

              Linguine w/ clams, a very simple version. It was so perfect! I've been searching for a comparable version since (unsuccessful so far).

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                MMRuth Oct 1, 2007 04:03 PM

                If you are interested in a recipe, let me know - I love vongole, and do eat it at restaurants occasionally, but frankly, the one I make at home has them beat.

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                  emgoodman Oct 4, 2007 03:07 PM

                  would love it! thanks so much! please email me at emgoodman@gmail.com

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                    MMRuth Oct 4, 2007 04:40 PM

                    I'll post it tomorrow on the Home Cooking board and post a link to it here.

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                debra1234 Oct 1, 2007 02:43 PM

                I think they have incredible prosciutto; the pastas are generally delicious -- especially if you like your pasta fairly al dente; I love the chicken diablo as well. Enjoy!

                1. prdct Oct 1, 2007 11:14 AM

                  I second that amatriciana. One of my all-time favorite pasta dishes in the city.

                  1. MMRuth Oct 1, 2007 05:33 AM

                    I like their amatriciana.

                    1. Chow Baby Oct 1, 2007 12:52 AM

                      Bracciole, but I think it's only served on Sundays.
                      Best in the city.

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                        RCC Sep 30, 2007 11:34 PM

                        The pasta specials are usually a good bet to be good to very good.
                        We're also impressed with the Florentine-style tripe appetizer,

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                          cimui Sep 30, 2007 08:53 PM

                          Agree with the gnocchi! The texture is wonderful. I am also in love with the turnip sformato appetizer and the tongue.

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                            Lucia Sep 30, 2007 09:25 AM

                            Ricotta gnocchi are great

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