I hadn't been to Lupa in about four years before tonight, largely because it is always so busy-- for tonight's 10 pm reservation, I had to make a reservation exactly 30 days ago. All in all, I'm glad I made the effort to make the reservation, and will try to return again sooner rather than later.
My boyfriend and I arrived on time and were promptly seated for our reservations, which was a nice surprise! We decided to split two apps, the eggplant caponata and the octopus with ceci neri. Both were served at a refrigerated temperature. The eggplant caponata was very good; it tasted just like Otto's eggplant caponata. The octopus was different from octopus I had had before--no hint of rubberiness whatsoever. The octopus itself tasted very much like canned sardines, but in a good way.
I ordered the ricotta gnocchi with fennel and sausage as a main. This was delicious. My boyfriend ordered fettucini, which came in a very light cream sauce with a thinly sliced pork meat (I'm forgetting the name). The fettucini was very al dente--it had a great bite.
I finished dinner with the tartufo--a ball of ice cream in a light hazelnut-coated chocolate, served over a chocolate-hazelnut fudge sauce. Not surprising, but very good.