Bar Lupo

Fried Meatballs, Prosecco Italian Ice and Other Delicious Curiosities

Part Italian Restaurant. Part Bar. All Yours.

By Sam Eichner ·
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Bar Lupo, a new neighborhood Italian spot from the man behind Maple & Ash and the talented barwoman behind the Drifter, is now open in River North.

It is not like other neighborhood Italian spots.

For starters, it’s probably the only place in the city where you can watch the World Series and eat fried cheesy meatballs at the same time.

Below, you’ll find a few other reasons...

1) Most likely, this will serve more as a drinking place where you happen to eat than an eating place where you happen to drink. So, yes, it’s a bar.

2) There’s some New Testament–inspired graffiti art on the wall, and the Velvet Underground will buzz from the stereo. You may move on to the next reason now.

3) You won’t see copious bottles of olive oil on display here; you may, however, see copious bottles of amaro and herbal liqueur.

4) Speaking of which: your Italian Manhattan incorporates a smoky rhubarb liqueur and your Italian ice incorporates prosecco and Aperol.

5) Sharing a bowl of black truffle tagliolini and housemade focaccia garlic knots with a casual date amidst mismatched antique furniture: totally a thing.

6) Every damn photo in this slideshow.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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