Say cheese: Lupo Verde to open Dec. 16

Update Dec. 16, 2013: The opening of this restaurant has been pushed back to January.

When Lupo Verde opens Dec. 16, there will be 10 places to get pizza and pasta within strolling distance on 14th Street. But the restaurant, at 1401 T St. NW, hopes to stand out thanks to one special feature: a market.

The Lupo Verde space, when it was under construction and covered by a mural. (Tracy A. Woodward / THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Lupo Verde space, when it was under construction and covered by a mural. (Tracy A. Woodward / THE WASHINGTON POST)

Lupo Verde, from the folks behind Ulah Bistro, Tunnicliff's Tavern and Station 4, plans to sell 50 cheeses, five of which will be made in-house, as well as house-made sauces, dried pastas, prosciutto and bread. Seventy percent of the restaurant's menu will be available as carryout.

As for what you'll be eating inside the 100-seat restaurant, expect house-made pastas and roasted fish for dinner, and wood-fired pizza and panini for lunch, as well as -- surprise, surprise -- small plates. On the wine list, you'll find 100 wines by the bottle, priced from $22 to $350. Wine by the glass will be $6, with three wines on tap. Five beers and a selection of cocktails round out the menu.

Passersby might remember the space as the former temporary host of a Civil Rights-themed mural by the French artist JR while it was under construction. The mural is gone, and the space has been transformed into a homey environment with a fireplace and marble bar that seats 15 downstairs, with another 10-seat bar upstairs. The restaurant will be open for dinner service nightly, with late-night bar service on weekends. Lupo Verde plans to introduce brunch in January and, eventually, weekday lunch service.

1401 T St. N.W., 202-827-4726, lupoverdedc.com

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