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Cpalms | May 19, 2005 11:54 AM

I tell ya, it might be the new Lupa...Went to this place the other night after hearing some good things from friends and were very pleased. We had:
fried bread with prosciutto
Tiny meatballs
grilled asparagus aged balsamic
fava beans with pecorino and olive oil
garganelli with pork ragu
penne with eggplant and tomatoes
panna cotta w/ saba

We were blown away by the quality of the ingrediants which oddly were all available for sale (the list is on the back of the menu)... olive oil, balsamic, dried pasta, polenta etc...appharently the guy that owns it has been a importer for years and decided to open his own place.

A couple issues were that portions were quite small and expensive but given the quality maybe understandable. The menu begged for more exploration, we didn't even have an entree. The wine list was good, better than Lupa's imo but again expensive.Two of us ate the above and didn't find it to be to much food.

Given the endless talk around here about Lupa this place is a nice alternative in the same 'hood that you can actually get a table at.

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