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Lupo Restaurant + Vinoteca

869 Hamilton St. (Smithe St.) Send to Phone
Experiments with flavor sizzle on Julio Gonzalez-Perini's Italian-influenced menu presented in casual surroundings.
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Dinner nightly (Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dec. 1-23)

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Lupo Restaurant + Vinoteca Restaurant Review

: First came the formal Villa del Lupo in an elegant Victorian townhouse, then stints at the Beach House and CinCin, and now, from the team of chef Julio Gonzalez-Perini and sommelier Michael Mameli, comes Lupo. The pair has reopened the original restaurant on the edge of Yaletown as a cool, more casual Italian spot with modern furnishings and a friendly bar area. There’s the same dedication to flavor from Gonzalez-Perini and a big commitment to wine --- both at more affordable prices. We like the pizzettas, crisp and not too cheesy, such as a margherita and prosciutto. Salads are winners, fresh, leafy and lightly dressed; hits have included crisp arugula with orange and balsamico, and a baby romaine “Caesar.” The menu keeps things stylishly simple with spinach and caramelized onion cannelloni, slow-cooked rabbit tossed with pappardelle, and a smartly Italian fettuccine bolognese. Lamb shank osso buco remains a house specialty. Diners can top off their meals with pastry chef Jeff Salzsauler’s compelling olive oil cake. The deep, Italianate wine list is complemented by British Columbia wines from the Okanagan Valley.

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