New Menu Boasts Italy

A La Carte Columns

April 10, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Carpaccio di Cappesante ($19)

Carpaccio di Cappesante ($19)

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.

Delizia ($13)

Delizia ($13)

With its new spring menu, expect items like Filetto di Maia Lino Piccata ($30), showcasing sauteed Kurobuta pork tenderloin medallions with lemon and Pantelleria capers. The prized meat is paired with risotto Parma, as well as roasted carrots, asparagus, sugar snap peas and broccoflower.

Although change welcomes new recipes and an abundance of seasonal produce at Il Lupino, the eatery also makes sure to keep a few longtime favorites on the menu.

The restaurant also concocts the popular cocktail Delizia ($13), which appropriately translates to “delight” in Italian. The drink consists of Grey Goose Pear Vodka, St. Germain liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice. A grapefruit slice sits on the rim with happiness only a sip away.

Filetto di Maialino Piccata ($30)

Filetto di Maialino Piccata ($30)

Ocean Palate

From Il Lupino’s crudo (chilled/raw) options, be refreshed with Carpaccio di Cappesante ($19), also a new item. The dish is as beautiful as it is delicious, with deep purple colors and light greens and yellows. Thin slices of Hokkaido sea scallops are topped with shaved fennel, which has been marinated in Meyer lemon juice. A blood orange vinaigrette complements the ocean flavors of the sea scallops , while additional slices of the fruit also make it onto the plate.

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

Daily, breakfast/brunch: 8-11 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; tapas: 2:30-5:30 p.m.; dinner: 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Friday-Saturday, dinner until 11 p.m.)

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