Patiscerria and small-batch Italian hand-roasted coffee – that’s the name of the game at the award-winning Lupo Caffe Italiano.
With a cafe open Thursday – Sunday, breakfast and lunch is covered with freshly made individual and celebration cakes and biscuits, sweet and savoury pastries, and homemade pasta, from delicate ravioli to robust lasagne. The menu changes daily, but dishes are always authentic – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Lupo offer homemade lunch options such as pasta and lasagne but mainly Italian rosticceria from panzerotti, pizzette and calzone. Cronuts – a cross between a croissant and a doughnut – have been tried and tested with different creams, jams and fruits (the Pistacchio di Bronte cream and chocolate version is on our bucket list), while the Lupo brioche is light and fluffy and a perfect match to a breakfast cappuccino.
Lupo supplies the wider Manchester food and drink scene first and foremost, that’s why its days and opening hours are a little unconventional – fresh pastries like doughnuts, cronuts and cannoli are made every morning and delivered to cafes around town.
Coffee is made using Arabica beans selected then hand-roasted in 9kg batches by Alberto in Italy, using a manual Petronicini machine. Once here, the beans become coffee pulled on a two-group manual machine and served in handmade Italian cups designed to balance the flavours of a single shot espresso and milk.
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