“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw
My bestie, Ellie, a lover of affable company, fine wine and great food, took me to celebrate my birthday and managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible. She surprised me with dinner at the restaurant, Lupo Verde, located at the intersection of T and 14th Streets, NW, near the revitalized U Street corridor, all on a day when Washington enjoyed a brief sliver of sunshine after more than 2 weeks of gray skies and rain. The Italian establishment served one of the best meals I have had the pleasure of enjoying in the nation’s capital, surpassed only by the top-notch service by the attentive and friendly staff. Intimate, welcoming and with an industrial design that avoids the trappings of trying too hard to be cool, the restaurant is a stellar achievement. We ordered the following :
― asparagi e salmone, or steamed white asparagus, house cured salmon with quail eggs and veggie sauce
― baked branzino, with citrus, herbs and sea salt
― grilled calamari, dressed with lemon-chili oil from the Amalfi coast
― tortellini with beets, sheep’s milk ricotta, burrata and truffle oil
To finish the meal, we shared the Semifreddo al Pistacchio, or dark chocolate and pistacchio semifreddo with orange cream, a dessert so delicious and satisfying, I needed a cigarette.