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Manhattan: Lupa

170 Thompson Street , Phone: 212-982-5089
www.luparestaurant.com
Closing day: none

Reviewed by: cubbies from CA, review #4001

When: 2013

Bustling Batali/Bastianich restaurant with hearty Italian fare

On a cold January day we snagged a table for an early dinner that night. We received a warm welcome in what immediately felt upscale and contemporary.

No wines by the glass are served, but they offer a wide selection of "caraffinos", approximately two glasses each starting at a reasonable $12 or so. We started with an escarole, walnut, red onion, and pecorino salad dressed nicely in a walnut oil vinaigrette. It was certainly large enough to share, even by more than two. We continued with two primi to share: ricotta gnocchi with sausage & fennel and bucatini al' Amatriciana. Both contained guanciale which sounds repetitive but suited us just fine. The gnocchi were indeed light and in a somewhat delicate sauce, at least compared to the very hearty and large bucatini serving. Both were mouth watering.

We persevered through a shared tartufo dessert and coffee.

A very filling meal, and somewhat of a splurge at $93 before tip. But memorable!

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