Batali’s Lupa

I just got back from Mario Batali’s restaurant in Greenwich called Lupa, and i can safely say i just had the best ravioli i ever had in my life. I am suppose to be in the gym right now but i thought i will write an entry as the food is digested in my tummy. Lupa is a nice small italian restaurant with a cozy feeling. With a wall stacked with wines, i wish i was there with friends who could appreciate fine wine and food with me as we talked through the day. I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I was not using some fanciful SLR and the lighting in the restaurant was obviously bad. Sometimes i wish they would have like a special corner for food bloggers to take picture of their food.

As usual, like all italian restaurants, the menu is confusing with italian food lingo that i have no idea what im reading. The only words that caught my eyes were linguine, spaghetti and ravioli. 😛 So i ordered the things that the waiter talked about as we got settled down, because they always sound the most interesting.

To start off, i got the fried brussels sprouts. I have always heard so much about restaurant brussel sprouts, i had to try some for myself. Pan fried in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes, these brussel sprouts were to die for. I always wonder why kids don’t eat their brussel sprouts. If they were prepared like that, i would have a bowl of it everyday.

Next was the main dish. I have no idea what its called but basically its a butternut squash filled ravioli, coated with some light cream sauce. They looked like huge wanton (Asian dumplings) but they taste oh so good… Its funny how im not a huge butternut squash person, but the squash was mashed with some cheese, probably ricotta or something which made it perfect! I couldnt get enough of it. I thought i would get sick of it halfway through but i did not. I finished it and wanted seconds, if only i had that option. Sigh.

Well once again Mario Batali has not failed me. His restaurant in LA delivered me the best italian food i ever had in my life, and this ravioli is no exception. Italian food is sooo simple, yet so hard to get it right. There is so much to consider. How cooked the pasta is. How flavorful the purees are. Presentation. And how the flavors come together in your mouth. And i have to say, Batali got it right again with Lupa.

Btw did you know that Lupa means “She-Wolf”?! *Starts singing* There’s a she-wolf in the closet…..

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