- Food: Italian
- Decor: Rustic
- Cost: $$
- Wine / Cocktails:
Casual Italian at it's best. If you can't get a reservation at Mario Batali's rustic communal style Roman trattoria, put your name on the bar list and pray for a seat. Dinner/lunch is the same menu but most of the menu choices are delicious and lunch is less hectic than dinner so I prefer eating at the bar.
Started with simple clams and fregola, interesting but slightly under seasoned. The second time I went I had the Veal Sweetbreads with Shishito Peppers, nice. Next have the Mozzarella di Buffalo, DOP with grilled leeks on crusty bread, lovely and creamy like Burrata. A favorite. Refreshed with the Escarole, Walnut, Red Onion & Pecorino, simply dressed but I loved it.
It is hard to find great Spaghetti alla Carbonara but Lupa does a nice job. I loved the Ricotta Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage. Next try the Heritage Pork Belly with Scorzonera & Pears, heaven. Finish off with Amaro Coppetta with Cardomom Gelato & Espresso Croccante (crunchy, espresso almond brittle), good.
Prices are moderate and it is great for larger parties because of the long tables and kid friendly.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Ricotta Gnocchi, Heritage Pork Belly, Amaro Copetta with Cardomom Gelato