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In the Lupo

JANUARY 15TH, 2010

In the Lupo

It's a hockey night on Saturday and you're headed downtown with your ice man to take in the game. Nix the overpriced burgers and beer, and before Luongo get Lupo.

The Italian eatery at Hamilton and Smithe has gotten a new lease on life. There's a new chef and a new look—light, white walls, warm woods and modern art—which has the 1800s heritage home looking clean, classy and cozy.

And there's a new menu of modern Italian dishes like prosciutto, caramelized onion and arugula pizzetta ($12) and wild mushroom risotto ($16), which pleased both our palate and pocketbook.

If no one scores on Luongo tomorrow night, you have the Italian to thank, both on the ice and in your belly.

Lupo Restaurant, 869 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-569-2535,