Lupa Osteria (Hillcrest)

Lupa Osteria (Hillcrest)
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R100 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Italian, Modern
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kgomotso Moncho-Maripane

With homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza made using only imported Italian flour (and a gluten-free option), you get to appreciate the real Italian food experience at Lupa. Relish on antipasti such as whole baked camembert wrapped in Parma ham, meatballs, Falkland calamari or the Rotolo of spinach ricotta and mushrooms as a vegan option.

Speciality pasta includes the pretty looking gnocchi Fantasia, porcini panzerotti or the vegetarian butternut and ricotta ravioli. You can choose a variety of sauces to go with your type of pasta. Red meat dishes include lamb shank and steak, and there are sea food variations. While the veal is certainly juicy, the veal marsala – crumbed veal escalopes with a mushroom, cream and Marsala wine sauce – is of poor presentation quality and lacks finesse.

End on the lovely chocolate-and-caramel fondant with a salted caramel centre and vanilla ice cream.

A cleverly designed wine list that considers value, quality and taste. There’s also a small selection of craft beers and an exciting variety of cocktails.

Professional and prompt.

There’s a warmth about Lupa that is accentuated by the brown woody tone of its décor juxtaposed with hints of colour. Pictures of Italian showbiz legends on one corner of the wall adds to its classic Italian theme. The open windows allow passers-by a chance to peek into the relaxed dining vibe.

Best for…
A neighbourly Italian lunch or dinner.


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User reviews

  • Such great, friendly service. I had a wonderfully flavourful Spaghetti and Meatballs dish with what must be the best vanilla milkshake in Durban. Thanks guys.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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