First visit to Lupa last night ... really enjoyed it - much more so than Babbo actually.
Service was brisk but friendly. We arrived late for our reservation (we'd been attending opening night of the Elephant Man, which started late and ran long) so we didn't get the table in the back room we'd been hoping for, but were seated in the front room. Not the best place to sit and have a conversation. We were so close to the table next to us, and they were talking so loudly (about their sex life actually), that we had a hard time communicating until our neighbours went home.
Our waiter came to our table and opened with "So I suppose you know about our trout situation?" I was confused until I realized he said drought and not trout. Ahem.
Anyway, we got good old tap water when we asked for it. Started with glasses of prosecco and the assortment of salumi. The 24 month prosciutto, the bresaola, and the mortadella were outstanding. The testa (head cheese) had some problems - maybe it went onto a too-hot plate, I don't know, but it had completely melted - you couldn't even pick it up with your fork. Flavour was ok but the mushy texture was a turn-off.
For mains we had the Bavette with pecorino and black pepper, and the Bucatini alla Amatriciana - pasta with roast tomatoes, cured pork jowl, onion, pepper and pecorino. Both were outstanding - especially the Amatriciana.
Finished with a cheese plate while we polished off our wine. Total bill for two was $89 including 4 glasses of wine, antipasti, pasta, and cheese - and we were stuffed. A bargain. We'll be back.