You Say Desserts, We Say Dolci!Columns Jus' Desserts
July 14, 2013
Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Internationally renowed chef Wolfgang Zwiener takes pride in his cooking and restaurant establishments, including his Italian restaurant, Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar in Royal Hawaiian Center.
Il Lupino serves up amazing food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and dessert fanatics will be happy to know they can snag a quick treat during lunch and dinner every day of the week.
If you’re familiar with the quality of Il Lupino’s exquisite Italian cuisine, you’ll love the dessert selections and presentation.
Budino di Pane ($12) features warm house-made brioche bread pudding paired with macerated raisins and vanilla gelato. Bread pudding sits amid creme anglaise and fresh berries, and the top of the bread pudding is baked to perfection and adds a crunchy texture that goes well with the soft, smooth center.
For those who crave fruit for dessert, Torta di Mele ($12) will be to your liking. This is Il Lupino’s take on a warm apple tart, which also is served with vanilla gelato (surrounded by seasonal berries) and creme anglaise.
“It’s not too sweet, and there’s a perfect balance between the apple tart and the vanilla gelato,” explains general manager Heela Mottus.
Panna Cotta al Cioccolato Bianco ($11) is one of Mottus’ favorites, and it isn’t hard to see why. The dessert showcases an amazing creamy Italian white chocolate pudding with compote flavored with cardamom, lavender, orange peel and Madeira wine.
“The white chocolate panna cotta is very light, and very delicious,” Mottus adds. “It comes with berry relish, and I think it’s the perfect dessert for after dinner.”
While Panna Cotta al Cioccolato Bianco is light, it still bursts with flavor. Add in the berry relish and you have the perfect combination of sweetness.
Other desserts on the menu include the famous Tortino al Cioccolato ($12), a house-made chocolate cake with a soft center, and Tiramisu ($12) made with marscapone cheese, espresso and layered lady fingers.
Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar is known for its casual, yet sophisticated ambiance, and the indoor and outdoor seating options add to the amazing dining experience.
Each dessert is designed to complement the expertly prepared meals, and are light enough to enjoy even after a big meal.
If the Italian cuisine and hand-picked wine don’t draw you in, the desserts definitely will.
As they say in Italy, “Andiamo a mangiare!”
Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg. B, Level 1
2233 Kalakaua Ave.
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Happy Hour)
Thursday-Sunday, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.