I finally got to Lupa for the first time for lunch today and found that it pretty much lived up to its reputation. Overall it was a really enjoyable meal. We started out with prosciutto and homemade mortadella (be warned, portions are BIG -- two of us got through about half of the lunch meat) The mortadella was excellent but I have to say I prefer the imported cuts. It had a bit too much nutmeg, but was a nice texture and good flavor. We ordered shredded brussels sprouts in pecorino that was light and tasty. Also a wonderful cheese which was a mix of sheep and cow's milk that had a real nice fruitiness. The complimentary foccaccia is sticking in my head right now -- it had just the right oil/salt ratio and was wonderful with the meats. I had bucatini alla gricia, which was excellent, though just on the edge of too salty and, while I enjoy my pasta al dente, I've found that Mario is even more of a stickler. I often find his pastas have a bit more "crunch" than I'd like. But still, the flavors were wonderful and I would order the dish again. My friend had the ricotta gnocchi in a red sauce with fennel sausage and he said it was wonderful. We had a lovely carafe of red wine but I didn't order it so I can't say what it was. Service was good and knowledgeable, if a bit slow.
Anyway, overall an excellent experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for good Italian at moderate prices.