A few weeks ago we were invited to visit the brand new Lupa Osteria restaurant located in the Clock Tower precinct of the Waterfront.
Our visit coincided with the evening before we embarked on an epic road trip so we were thrilled to be able to pop in for some much-needed carbo loading Italian style (and to not have any dirty dishes to deal with before we left!!!)
Located in prime position at the V & A Waterfront overlooking the Clock Tower, Lupa Osteria has plenty of parking thanks to the abundance in the underground parking of the Silo Hotel…. only issue here might be unable to locate your car again in the rabbit warren that is this parking area. Be sure you take note of where you park, and which exit you take to emerge into the real world so that you can disappear underground at the same spot on your return!
Lupa Osteria is a well-established chain of Italian restaurants in South Africa, however this is the first time they have opened doors in Cape Town… and they are set to become a firm favourite with families look for a good value, filling meal!
While we waited for our food we popped over to watch the action in their dough room where they make all their own authentic pasta and pizza bases with imported Italian flour. The Lupa Osteria pasta is ‘tutta la nostra pasta e fatta in casa’ (made in house every day). My kids were fascinated to watch their dinner being prepared before their eyes!
Without too much wait our meals were served. The kids opted for Pizza and Pasta apiece. My daughter ordered Bolognese off the Kiddies Menu while my son (who has recently leapt into an adult appetite) ordered the Cajun Chicken pizza (R125).
As we had seen how authentic the pasta was I really wanted to sample it for myself so I opted for an indulgent Con Pollo Pasta (R125) with cream, mushrooms, chicken, garlic and white wine which was delicious. (and it proved to be a favourite amongst the rest of my family!!!) My husband ordered the Mushroom and Parmesan fillet – chargrilled and served with wilted spinach, parmesan fries and crispy onion rings (R180).
Porchetta Friday’s (a roll of delicious roasted pork cooked for over 8 hours in a wood fired oven) is a popular option with regulars. The menu also serves up Italian favourites such as shellfish, fresh fish and veal… and delightful dessert options.
We rounded out our evening with another taste of Italy – gelato and a little Limoncello, of course!
Lupa Osteria is a casual restaurant that is a great spot for the whole family. There is also an inviting bar area serving cocktails, craft beer and a wide selection of local wines.
Our warm welcome, the delicious food, impeccable service and personal attention showed us that the owners of Lupa Osteria certainly have a passion for welcoming guests with their brand of home made goodness.
Pop in to Lupa Osteria to check out their weekly meal specials. Daily aperitivo hour is from 3-6 pm with specials on cocktails, wines and bar food. There’s also an awesome R75 lunch menu served daily so if you’re enjoying a day out in the Waterfront this might be a good spot to refuel!
Contact Lupa Osteria
Tel: 021 425 0010