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Lupa - disappointing

I ate at Lupa Monday evening and I was disappointed ... we shared all the dishes and 3 carafes of white vino from Italy ...

The meat dishes of salami, prosciutto, veal tongue, head cheese, etc. were completely tasteless except for the salt and oil ... no perfume flavor and dried tasting ... I imagine that the meats were sliced a long time ago ... not freshly sliced meat ... the diced brussels sprouts with cheese were very salty and oily with no other flavors, such as lemon or herbs ...

The sardines with escarole were not fresh and tasted like marinade herring ... the salad was very plain with plenty of dried cheese ...

The fresh fettucine pasta with cheese was buttery-OK. I bet that the ingredients did not cost more than $1 per dish!

We had a nice table outside on the patio that was nice and comfortable. The white wines were good. We split the bill of $100 plus and we each left a tip of $10. So my bill was over $63.

Not good at all and I felt that I was bamboozled by the Italians. For example, for the price of the $10 tip, I could have a very delicious bowl of fresh egg noodles (al dente) with wonton soup ($3.00) and a plate of BBQ baby pork ribs ($5.00) in Chinatown.

No offense but I think that Italian food in the fancy restaurants are the biggest sham in this Big Apple ... the only place to eat Italian is to cook at home, it is so simple ... ask my Italian nephew, Francesco Buitoni ...

However, the evening did not end too badly, we rode the subway to Lincoln Center and saw the MET opera of Madam Butterfly, outdoors on a huge screen with English sub-titles ...

Lupa, web site, 170 Thompson Street, between Houston and Bleeker Streets, 212-982-5089 [MenuPages | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Savory NY | Yelp | Citysearch]

Post by Peter

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Posted September 27, 2006 12:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Italian



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