Since ancient times, la lupa — a she-wolf — has been a symbol of Rome.
Which makes Bar Lupa a perfect name for Massimo Tabacco’s latest restaurant — 4,200 miles from Rome, right here in Westport.
Bar Lupa — which had a soft opening last week — replaces Rustico Trattoria. The address is 1431 Post Road East, opposite the Regents Park condos. The logo features the lupa suckling Romulus and Remus — just like in the legend.
Massimo is a native of Rome. After coming to the US, he opened several restaurants: Gilda in Manhattan, Sogno in Fairfield and Casa Roma in Bridgeport.
He’s always loved Westport — “the town, the style, the vibe.” So when the chance came to do something different with Rustico — freshen the look, update the menu — he took it.
Massimo — and Miguel Angelo D’Onofrio, his chef/business partner from Columbus Park Trattoria in Stamford — offer an Italian tapas menu, with all locally grown vegetables, fresh meat and fish, and specialty drinks. There’s live entertainment too.
Bar Lupa is open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5 to 2 a.m.
Suddenly, there’s new life in a once quiet part of town.
Fantastic food, too!