Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lupo Verde Opens a Second Location in DC’s Palisades Neighborhood

From our friends at Lupo Verde...

Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo of the Lalou Group are pleased to announce a second location of their popular Italian concept, Lupo Verde, which is scheduled to open this November. The intimate 100-seat restaurant, which translates to “green wolf”, will serve authentic, rustic, Italian fare in the residential Palisades area at 4814 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington DC, 20009. Med Lahlou, a resident of the Palisades for the last decade, purchased the 3,200-square-foot, restored, brick three-story building so that he could bring his popular Italian restaurant to his friends and family in his own neighborhood. The restaurant will open with dinner service and brunch will be added at a later date.

Executive Chef Domenico Apollaro will oversee the Lupo Verde menu which will be similar to its sister restaurant on 14th Street, NW. Guests can anticipate authentic, rustic, Italian fare featuring a variety of small plates, house-made charcuteries, cheeses, breads and antipasti. Fans of the 14th Street location will be able savor the restaurant’s signature Polpo, plancha seared octopus, Nostralina olives, green onions, sundried tomatoes, red peppers and fried potatoes and Carciofi alla Giudea, fried artichokes, sale & pepe, càuda’ at this new location. The menu will also have wood-fired pizzas, eight house-made pastas, and eight entrée selections including whole roasted fish and a premiere selection of meats during dinner. Apollaro will be joined in the kitchen by two new sous chefs from Italy, who will be a part of the opening team.

Diners will also have the option to buy food to-go at the new location, as the first floor will feature a retail shop where customers will have the ability to purchase house-made items and fine imported Italian Olive Oil. Fresh and dried house-made pastas will be available for purchase by the kilo, along with house-made jams, signature pasta sauces and other imported Italian products sourced during Antonio Matarazzo’s summer travels to Italy.

Matarazzo’s long-time friend, Francesco Amodeo of Don Ciccio & Figli, will assist with the beverage program, which will include a selection of craft cocktails, incorporating house-made vermouth and liquors made by aging fruit in oak barrels. Lupo Verde will also offer a boutique wine list with 100 wines will be available by the bottle; 70% of the wines incorporate Italian grapes.  Prices range from $22 to $350 by the bottle, with a majority of the selections available for under $100. Additionally, a number of wines will be available by the glass for $6.

Lisa Halloran of Sculptures of Space, who created the original 14th Street location, has been tapped to design the space. The lower level will feature a shop where customers can purchase house-made items and fine imported Italian products. When the shop is closed, guests can book a private chef’s table for up to eight guests and be at the forefront of all the action. This is ideal for small parties, private wine dinners and family gatherings. The second floor, main level of the restaurant features 45 seats, which includes a larger bar and a high top communal table with additional tables or dining. On the third floor, guests will find an intimate bar, and 50 additional seats sprinkled throughout the dining room.

Lupo Verde is located at 4814 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington DC, 20009. For more information, please call the restaurant directly at (202) 827-4726 or visit http://www.lupoverdedc.com/.