Lupo Verde

Image: Pasta with sausage.

Last Updated: 6/5/2021

Current Status:  Lupo Verde – along with all Lupo Osteria in the Palisades and Lupo Marino at the Wharf, are back to full sit-down, in addition to Take-out and Delivery.

Staff Relief Fund – covering all Lupo locations and the affiliated Tunnicliff’s Tavern.

Before Times Review:

Last Visited: September 2019

In the rustic, slightly-cramped, two-story spot at 14th and T, reliably good Italian food is served nightly.  Dishes center on classics that are done well.  If you are in the neighborhood and want to elevate from the many pizza spots on 14th, Lupo Verde will take good care of you.  Think of it as Le Diplomate’s smaller, Italian cousin.

The menu rolls with the seasons, which on the last visit meant they had jumped the gun on autumn before the weather matched the stick-to-your-ribs options.  Pastas are consistently good, with the Short Rib stuffed Agnolotti in brown butter exemplifying the heartiness.  The whole Branzino is done with simple seasoning and lemon for flavor.  The kitchen tends to do well with fish.  Desserts fit the classic mode with tiramisu, panna cotta and cannoli options – all very good.

The scene can convert to commotion on the weekends, but normally it is casual and convivial and more for hanging out.  Service bounces around and is generally good. The wine list is decent, meant to cover bases more than impress or splurge.

Lupo Verde isn’t meant to be a destination restaurant.  But for many in the area, it is where they end up here when they set out without a specific destination in mind.  It is a walk rewarded.

Other Guidance:  No need to dress up, but it can also be a nice-night-out place.  There are multiple vegetable options – though dairy is hard to avoid.  GF pasta available.

Rating: Worth Taking a Walk
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: 14th Street
Address: 1401 T St NW, Washington DC

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tom gave it a mixed First Bite in 2014: “Lupo Verde requires you to make a few visits to find its charms, which, if not abundant, are present.”

Washingtonian: Made Top 100 in 2016.

Don Rockwell

Michelin: Plate Rating