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Il Lupino

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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February 9, 2014

A Little Piece of Italy in Waikiki

There is one thing I can never resist giving into: Italian food. Pasta is, after all, one of my main food groups (the other two being anything and everything). Tucked away on the lower level of Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar serves up some seriously good eats in…

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December 29, 2013

Authenticity for the Palate, Italian-Style

Although Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar is ostensibly Italian, its owner Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant’s managing partner and president, are, in fact, German. Regarded as highly respected restaurateurs — both nationally and internationally — together they prove that the best cuisine spans cultural boundaries. As the pioneer Italian restaurant…

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Spice Up Your Life

When the Spice Girls lit up music charts with their 1997 hit single, “Spice Up Your Life,” who knew their message would have a profound meaning in the realm of good eats? It turns out my favorite pop band growing up was really onto something, as research shows that numerous health benefits stem from nomming…

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October 6, 2013

Lunch Worth Howling Over

Dining alfresco at Il Lupino is a tranquil time to savor dolce far niente, named by Italians for the sweet act of doing nothing. Take a deep breath, listen to the chirping birds and watch the international mix of passersby strolling through Royal Hawaiian Center’s lush courtyard. During your lunch break, this sweet meditation will…

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August 25, 2013

New Specials Now Available

Located in Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar seems a world away from the busy Waikiki streets right outside the restaurant doors. A tranquil and relaxing getaway, the eatery serves up traditional Italian cuisine. Currently, the menu is going through a transitional period ― part of which will include an expansion of…

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