October 2009 will the 10th year anniversary of Lupa; the creation of Jason Denton- who also brought us our favorite ‘Ino, Joseph Bastianich- son of Lidia Bastianich of Felidia Ristorante fame, Mario Batali- the well known TV Celebrity chef, and Batali’s protege Mark Ladner- the executive chef.
Lupa follows the formula that ALL long-term successful restaurants follow: good food at a good price with comfortable service. We have gone a few times and always have been treated with courtesy and the feeling that we certainly could have spent a lot more for a lot less.
The menu is very meat heavy (as are most in NYC these days) and there are few non-meat options. Exceptions being the wonderfully fulfilling Bavette Cacio & Pepe and the clean Spaghetti Aglio E Olio or con Pomodoro.
A special of the day when we last dined was an excellent corn salad with lavender. This mix was one of those effortlessly simple ideas that once one tastes you wonder why no one has ever done it before. Less then exciting desserts are made up for with an amazing cheese selection.
When you are wanting a safe bet, where you are assured of taste, value, and service- then Lupa is an excellent choice.
LUPA Osteria Romana
(1) 212 – 982 5089
170 Thompson Street , New York, NY 10012
(between Houston & Bleeker Sts)