Lupa Osteria, a new Italian restaurant, is thriving on the waterfront.
Director of Lupa, Marco Zagato, has a long background in franchise operations and worked in Sydney, Australia for 17 years. He teamed up with accountant Graham Muller, who said it was a lifelong dream of his to open a restaurant.
Zagato is from an Italian family, but was born in Cape Town. His love for food was ignited as he grew up cooking with his parents. He said the Italian food scene in Cape Town is developing, and the site on the waterfront was too good to resist. So they opened Lupa Osteria just under two months ago.
Lupa Osteria cooks its pizzas, as well as many of its other dishes, in a wood-fire oven . They import many of their ingredients from Italy but are in the process of incorporating products local to Cape Town. Zagato said their menu could be described as “modern Italian” that keeps a traditional base with new, small changes.
|Graham Muller, Emma Derr, Marco Zagato, and Jasmine Mazwi at Bush Radio.|
Many people wonder about the name of the restaurant. It is named after Lupa, the immortal Roman wolf goddess. In Roman history, Lupa saved the twins Romulus and Remus, who eventually founded the city of Rome.
Zagato said the ambiance of Lupa is warm and homey, perfect for winter. The restaurant is family friendly, but it also has a bar. Muller said their wine menu was excellent.
Follow Lupa Osteria on Facebook at lupawaterfront and Instagram lupa_osteria_waterfront. To make a reservation visit their website lupa.co.za or through the application Eat Out.
They are also offering a competition for a 1000 rand Lupa voucher for anyone who can answer the question posted on our Facebook at Bush Radio. SMS your name, surname, the word TASTY, and the answer to the question to 32158. SMS cost 1 rand, and free SMS do not apply. Lines close today at 7 pm, and winners will be announced on Morning Cruise tomorrow June 20th.
Presented by Jasmine Mazwi and Emma Derr.