On my visit to NYC last weekend, managed to get into Lupa after only a half hour wait at the door. There were five of us and after starting with a plate of aged prosciutto which melted in your mouth we each had a different pasta dish. Being Italian we are extremely picky when it comes to pasta especially any with tomato based sauces but I have to say that each and every dish was fantastic. The bucatini all'amatriciana were my favourite. We also had the ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel and the spaghetti alla carbonara. Another spaghetti dish (can't remember the name) was the pasta tossed with green olive oil, herbs, arugula, radicchio.
Our only complaints had to do with their unwillingness to bend any "rules". For example, they would not substitute spaghetti for the bucatini, they would not leave any parmesan for us at the table, and when one of our party ordered biscotti and passito which apparently comes with 4 biscotti, they refused to toss in one more so that we could each have one. The waiter suggested ordering a second dessert. Is this type of thing typical for New York City??? Or is it just arrogance?
Other than that, I thought the food was amazing. Would I return? Not necessarily...I'd probably try something else.