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Lupo Verde Announces Chef, New Opening Date

By Rina Rapuano  |  January 29, 2014

When looking for someone to head the kitchen of their forthcoming Italian venture, Lupo Verde, owners Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo went all the way to the motherland to find the right person.

Domenico Apollaro will serve as chef de cuisine when the restaurant opens February 10, with the chef moving from Castrovillari, Italy, to fill the position. Apollaro most recently served as executive chef at Eat's Easy in Milan, and before that cooked in kitchens across Italy as well as in London and in Zurich.

The Italian-born chef will carry out the restaurateurs’ vision of a place where diners can find small plates of housemade charcuterie, cheeses, breads and antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, panini and housemade pastas. In addition, 70% of the menu will be available for take-out, and a market selling 50 cheeses - including five made in-house - and two types of house-cured prosciutto can be purchased by the ounce. Breads and pastas will also be sold for at-home enjoyment.

Chef Orlando Amaro, who serves as corporate chef for the Lalou Group’s ventures - which also includes Ulah Bistro, Tunnicliff’s Tavern and Station 4, will oversee Apollaro.

The restaurant, which sits at the corner of 14th and T streets NW, has been delayed a few times since its original opening date of December 16 due to a permitting issue, according to a rep. The kitchen will start with dinner, planning to add lunch and brunch later in February.

Dinner will be served from 5-11 PM nightly, with late-night hours offered from 11 PM-2 AM Sunday through Thursday and from 11 PM-3 AM Friday and Saturday. Happy hour will run weekdays from 3-7 PM.

1401 T St. NW; 202-827-4726