Grind Time: Loperfido revamps Il Lupino menu
BY JASON GENEGABUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent addition of corporate executive chef Donato Loperfido at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar means change is on the way.
Some things, like the restaurant’s menu, have already begun the process, while changes to the bar’s wine list and cocktail menu are expected to see upgrades in the weeks to come.
Il Lupino hosted a tasting of items off its happy hour menu on Thursday in Waikiki, showcasing Loperfido’s influence on the kitchen’s new direction and promoting its happy hour, which runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items available:
Along with the small plates, Il Lupino offers four types of pizza on the happy hour menu, including a traditional Prosciutto & Rucola ($18) and a Salsiccia e Funghi Trifolati ($18) that contains house-made pork sausage and sautéed mushrooms.
Drinks at Il Lupino aren’t cheap, however. Even during happy hour, expect to shell out $13 to $15 per specialty cocktail; skipping the mixers and sticking to shots isn’t much better. I’m not sure who will be very happy to pay $15 for a shot of Knob Creek or $16 for a shot of Gentleman Jack. Talk about a tourist tax!
But once you get past the prices, the actual cocktails themselves are constructed well with a good balance of flavors.
The Buff Some Wood ($15), is an embellished Old Fashioned with the additional of Lagavulin 16-year-old Scotch to add a layer of smokiness to the drink.
The Cool as a Cucumber ($14) is a customer favorite, made with Ransom gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, muddled cucumber, fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
Il Lupino is located on the first floor of Building B at the Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave. One hour of free parking is available with validation; cost is $2 per hour afterward for up to three additional hours. Call (808) 922-3400 or visit www.illupino.com.
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