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Il Lupino

April 10, 2016

New Menu Boasts Italy

You know his steak houses, but have you explored Wolfgang Zwiener’s Italian-food venture? In the middle of bustling Waikiki, Il Lupino stands as a breath of fresh air, thriving on unique dishes based on regional cuisine from Italy. With its new spring menu, expect items like Filetto di Maia Lino Piccata ($30), showcasing sauteed Kurobuta…

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November 29, 2015

A True Taste Of Italy In Waikiki

World-renowned restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener is known for his countless steak houses, but now he also is known for Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar — affectionately referred to as his “baby,” because it is his only Italian restaurant. Il Lupino’s menu offers the best in authentic Italian cuisine. It celebrates the freshest ingredients, seafood, pasta…

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October 18, 2015

A Taste Of Italy

Serving authentic, traditional Italian eats, Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar in Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is like taking a little trip to Italy. That may be because it was a trip to Italy that inspired the restaurant in the first place. As Il Lupino founder Wolfgang Zwiener traveled throughout Europe as a young man,…

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September 6, 2015

Can you feel the love in this bite?

When lunchtime rolls around or that dinner bell’s ringing, your stomach is more than likely giving you that none-too-subtle signal that it’s ready to be fed. Perhaps it’s in the way of a low growl (if you’re lucky) or even a full-on ferocious howl. That’s why, when naming his world-renowned trattoria and wine bar Il…

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July 26, 2015

Three courses of true Italian flavor

Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Waikiki at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Conveniently located on the first floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino has become a favorite for visitors and locals seeking authentic Italian cuisine. Created by famed restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant was…

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Fine Pappardelle Straight from the Kitchen

In Italian, the word pappare means “to gobble up,” an action that we all can relate to in our deepest bouts of hunger. The phrase also is where pappardelle pasta gets its name from, as the Italians must have known that anyone in their right mind would absolutely want to scarf down a bowl of…

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May 10, 2015

Il Lupino

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Linguine del Pescatore ($30; add 6-ounce Maine Roasted Lobster Tail for $19) Upon entering Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, you are immediately transported to a quaint Italian village, with moseying music, patio seating and alluring smells wafting from the kitchen. A glass wine cellar sits in…

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Eat Cheesecake, and Swoon!

Few things tempt me more than a luscious slice of heaven: cheese-cake. Hands down, this sinful dessert always sends surges of goodness to my palate. The crust must be of perfect consistency, texture and taste (crumbly, but still intact), and the interior should be dense and cool, boasting an assertive flavor. Although varieties of cheesecake…

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February 8, 2015

An authentic Italian gem in Waikiki

Tucked away off a quiet garden path in Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar is a tranquil slice of Italy right in Waikiki. Inspired by eateries in Italy, Il Lupino offers traditional Italian cuisine, which includes hand-made pasta. And recently, it unveiled a new pasta recipe that is more al dente. “It…

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December 21, 2014

‘The Little Wolf’ of Italian Fare

Wolfgang Zwiener is living proof that a love for food has no boundaries. In 1960, the dashing young lad moved to New York City from his hometown of Bremen, Germany, unsure of what the future would hold. The only certainty was that he would connect with his aunt and uncle, and perhaps take over their…

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