Dining Out, Leratos Corner

An honest review … Lupa Osteria

Apr 16, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

I don’t know about you, but when temperatures start to drop, all I can think about are delicious, carby foods. Y’know – pasta, pizza, all that jazz! I don’t often treat myself to Italian food, but when I do, it better be good. After recently dining at Lupa Osteria in Hillcrest, Durban, I simply couldn’t resist trying out Joburg’s newest branch in Fourways. Give up carbs? Over my bread body!

Tucked away in Design Quarter, you wouldn’t expect the restaurant to have the ambience of a neighbourhood osteria, but it sure does. Lots of exposed brick, blonde and almond tables with no formal dressing, white metal chairs and playful contemporary touches make it a warm, inviting space – one that passers-by inquisitively peer into.


Browsing the menu took quite a while – it’s a tough life when everything looks so good (#foodiesproblems!). I was lunching with one of my besties, so we decided to each order a Lupatini, shaken with Absolut vodka, rum, cranberry juice and fresh lime. The cocktails were excellent – I may have just drunk mine a little too fast (it was just so delish!). Before our meal, we were contemplating whether to have starters and mains or mains and dessert and eventually decided on the latter. I regret not choosing the former, as it takes a lot for a dessert to impress me and the one, we chose, unfortunately, didn’t blow us away – but more about that in a bit.

For mains, we went the traditional route. I ordered the Spago pizza topped with bacon, avocado and feta, and my friend opted for the highly recommended Penne Alfredo with ham, parmesan, mushrooms and cream. The pizza looked delicious and after tucking in, I can confirm that it indeed was! The pasta, which I was lucky enough to have a few mouthfuls of, was the star of the show though. The portion was huge, which meant my friend and I both took home a great dinner and post-dinner snack (naughty us!).


After being taken by surprise with mighty generous main meal portions, we decided to share a dessert. We went for the Cremino al Cioccoloto – Nutella crème brûlée, smashed Amaretti biscuits, salted caramel gelato and Italian meringue. While it sounded amazing, it was just way too sweet for me, which was really a pity as I’m obsessed with Nutella and anything salted caramel. However, my friend, who has a seriously sweet tooth, said the dessert rocked her world. So if you’re a sucker for the sweet stuff, give it a try!

In addition to cocktails that disappeared too fast to be socially acceptable and portion sizes beyond compare, the service was top-notch. Our waitress knew all the intricacies of the menu and the manager was checking up on all the tables. Overall, Lupa Osteria Design Quarter gets a thumbs-up from me. It’s not as popular and perpetually busy as its sisters (so don’t go expecting too much of a vibe), but it is an affordable Italian eatery that serves up simple pizza and pasta done extremely well – just like an osteria should.






Design Quarter, corner of William Nicol Drive & Leslie Avenue, Fourways

011 465 1640

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