We've been a fan since this chef was located on Nob Hill and the room was called La Luna Rosa.\r
Yes, the food is fantastico! The appetizer selections are all wonderful. The pork and pollenta dish is extraordinary, as are the wide array of homemade pastas. The scalloppini melts in your mouth. And, of course, the deserts are real guilty pleasures!\r
Lupa, though, has more than just good food. It has a quality that is difficult to describe - an authentic, welcoming, friendly environment that almost makes you feel like you are eating at the home of a favorite uncle. The owner takes the time to greet his guests, shake their hand and have a chat. The wait staff warmly engages diners, without being intrusive, and the overall service is very good.\r
Lupa's atmosphere is up-to-date and comfortable, without being overdone, and it seems to draw a diverse clientele who are ""in the know"" about good San Francisco dining. ""Cross table conversations"" are not uncommon.\r
In short, this is a great restaurant that is exactly what people are referring to when they say San Francisco has so many fine, hidden neighborhood dining experiences. We've been back many times, as a couple or with a group, and will hopefully return many times more.