Howard Magazine - Page 29 - Best new restaurant: Lupa

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Best new restaurant: Lupa

10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia | 410-964-9999 lupacolumbia.com 

 

Since its splashy opening in February, Lupa has quickly become a favorite among diners of every age. Located on Columbia’s Lake Kittamaqundi waterfront in the former home of Petit Louis Bistro, the Italian restaurant is sophisticated enough for an elegant evening out, but also kid-friendly and approachable enough for a casual lunch.

 

The menu includes pizza and pasta, as well as more intricate entrees, all inspired by the cuisine of Rome and its surrounding region. An attached gelateria makes the Roman experience that much more true to life. “We want to prepare things in honest and authentic ways and translate real Italian food,” says Tony Foreman, who co-owns Lupa and several other restaurants with his business partner Cindy Wolf.

 

So far, customers are going crazy for Lupa’s gnocchi, lamb meatballs and the buttery, pan-seared bronzino, which comes with roasted vegetables and fennel pollen pesto.

 

“We try to do really honest food, and from the ground up,” says Foreman. “The pasta is made every day. The pizza dough is made every day. All ingredients are from the best sources we can find, locally when available.”