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Il Lupino

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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October 19, 2014

Celebrate Halloween in style

Those hoping to celebrate Halloween with a fairy tale ending need look no further than Il Lupino’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf-themed revelry. Appropriately, Il Lupino translates to mean “little wolf” in Italian, and bears the nickname of owner Wolfgang Zwiener. Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar offers stellar customer service and authentic…

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August 17, 2014

Hungry like the wolf

Dangerous. Untamed. Terrifying. These are the first words that usually come to mind when the term “wolf” is heard. Yet, luckily for Honolulu diners, there is a new (and much more welcome) wolf in town. Delicious, decadent and most definitely a delight you run to, and not away from, “Il Lupino” (translated literally as “Little…

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July 6, 2014

Pleasing the Palate with Italian Favorites

Dating back to the times of ancient Rome, Palatino was one of civilization’s most prosperous cities, a place where the rich and powerful lived in brazen luxury. So, when Waikiki’s Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar put out an Italian-inspired burger fit for royalty, its name came easily. Dubbed the “Palatino” Burger ($12 during July…

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June 15, 2014

Mamma mia! Now this is a delicious little bite of Italy

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar in Waikiki may be located in the heart of Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiiian Center, but somehow while sitting in the restaurant’s courtyard I felt as if I had escaped into a little Italian fantasy. Created by famed New York restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and son Peter, Il Lupino has…

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May 18, 2014

Egg-cellently fresh pasta

In a day and age when the convenience of pre-packaged foods and short cuts in the kitchen dominate our food culture, stumbling upon an age-old cooking technique, such as making pasta from scratch, is a moment to savor. I learned this lesson a few years back while attending college on the East Coast. One year,…

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April 13, 2014 , ,

The Acai Berry Beauty Secret Revealed

We all like to believe that, like a fine wine, we get better with age. While that may be true for a lucky few, my mother taught me well, advising me to take precautionary measures against aging while I’m still young. That means daily sunscreen application is a must, in addition to utilizing a day…

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It’s Ahi-mazing!

What represents the beautiful islands we live in more than sunshine, rainbows and aloha? Ahi, of course! From a fish fanatic standpoint, “lucky we live Hawaii,” specifically for this reason. Ahi, also known as yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna, is considered a staple among locals, and tourists are amazed by the smooth texture and taste…

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