I'm just so excited about this news that I felt that it deserved a post in addition to its inclusion below in a Campanile post.
It's true - According to the LA Times, Mario and Nancy are working on opening a restaurant this summer! I have only been to Lupa in NYC but was floored by every aspect, the food, service, decor were all A+.
I am just praying it's not in Santa Monica...Let's hear it for the Eastside! Mario, if you're listening, the Eastside (preferably Silver Lake) is edgy, diverse, and in desperate need of your rustic Italian ways. The Westside is saturated with great restaurants AND clean air..
Whew! I feel better now that I've shared..