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LA Chowhound in NYC : LUPA

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LA Chowhound in NYC : LUPA

Tom P | Jun 11, 2001 06:22 PM

LUPA

This was one of the best meals I have had in years. I loved the simplicity and freshness of the food - and, of course, the taste! The restaurant was small, and I imagine when crowded it might be a little tight (I dined early one afternoon, right at 5, so it was not yet full.) I started off with a selection of vegetable antipastos: Asparagus with Pecorino Cheese, Roasted Peppers with Capers, and Marinated Artichoke Hearts. Each of the three came in their own dish, and I fetl the portions, for the price, were quite large, always a plus in my book. I have had (and have cooked myself) many antipasto dishes over the years, some just wonderful, but these could not be beat. I would have been content just to eat these dishes, they were so good and, as I will constantly repeat regarding Lupa, so fresh. But I am glad I did not stop. I followed the antipasto with a Primi portion of Bucatini Amatriciana, pasta cooked with, among other things, roasted tomatoes, onions and pecorino. Without question it is the best pasta dish I have ever had. The pasta was al dente to perfection. And the taste! Each bite really exploded - not that it was extremely spicy, but rather it was blended, spiced and prepared just right. Very very flavorful. My secondi was Saltimbocca, which means a meat that jumps from the plate to the mouth. It was a flattened veal, tender, very juicy. I loved it. I ended with Spiced dates and Marscapone Cheese, which was light, yet somehow rich at the same time. The service was friendly and helpful; the waitress steered me to good choices, she picked out a glass of white and a glass of red to accompany the dishes, both of which were excellent. The only thing I was not too terrible fond of was the bread they served. By the time I was finished, I was glad, for I would not have wanted to waste any stomach space on bread at Lupa.

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