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This Must-Try New Banff Eatery Will Transport You Right To The Streets Of Italy

COOL WINTER GUIDE: Stories and information for all things winter in Alberta. Looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Banff? LUPO is your answer.

This outstanding Italian restaurant is a must-stop on any foodie’s itinerary in Banff.

Nestled at the bustling intersection of culinary excellence and mountain charm, LUPO, on Banff's Wolf Street, is an absolute must-try that effortlessly combines the warmth of Italy with the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. As part of the Banff Hospitality Collective, a group renowned for its innovative eateries, LUPO has quickly ascended the ranks, securing its spot as the 6th Best New Restaurant in Canada according to the prestigious Canada's 100 Best list for 2023.

The moment you step into LUPO, you're not just entering a restaurant; you're embarking on a journey to the sun-soaked streets of Italy. Aperol umbrellas cast a warm glow over the beautiful patio, inviting guests to indulge in the perfect fusion of the laid-back Rocky Mountain vibe and the vibrant energy of an Italian piazza. It's an ideal spot for summer dining, where you can savour delectable bites amidst the fresh mountain air, creating a dining experience that's both inviting and unforgettable.

If you’re visiting in the winter, LUPO's interior is a masterclass in recreating the charm of an Italian marketplace. With charming awnings and a decor that transports you to the streets of Italy, it's as if you've stepped off the streets of Banff and straight into an Italian postcard. The attention to detail is impeccable, and every corner exudes the ambiance of a lively Mediterranean square.

What sets LUPO apart isn't just its enchanting atmosphere; it's the dedication to providing an authentic culinary experience. The restaurant prides itself on crafting Italian classics with a Rocky Mountain twist, and everything – from the pasta to the pizza – is made in-house. The commitment to freshness is evident, creating a dining experience that's not just a meal but a celebration of flavours.


The pasta at LUPO is nothing short of a revelation. Picture this: you can actually peek through a window and witness the skilled chefs hand-rolling and shaping the pasta dough into delicious creations. It's a spectacle that adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your dining experience, making each bite of the resulting pasta dishes all the more satisfying. From the mouth-watering carbonara to the zesty and spicy rigatoni alla vodka, each dish is a testament to the culinary mastery at play.

The Mozza Sticks, a delightful start to any meal, pave the way for the melt-in-your-mouth meatballs made with a blend of pork, veal, and pomodoro. Seafood enthusiasts can savour the richness of the seafood linguini, a tantalizing combination of calamari, shrimp, crab, clam, saffron, and tomato.

And let's talk about the pizza – a true star at LUPO. The crust, thin and perfectly crispy, provides the ideal canvas for an array of toppings that showcase the restaurant's commitment to quality ingredients. Whether you opt for the classic Margherita, the earthy mushroom, or the timeless pepperoni, each pizza is a celebration of authenticity and taste.

LUPO's commitment to freshness extends beyond the kitchen to the bar. The beer list is thoughtfully curated, featuring local and international selections that complement the rich flavours of the dishes. The cocktail menu is a playful exploration of Italian-inspired concoctions, offering the perfect accompaniment to your culinary journey. And, of course, the wine list features a carefully chosen selection that enhances the overall dining experience.

Service at LUPO is not just efficient; it's a warm and friendly extension of the restaurant's commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere. The staff is knowledgeable, passionate about the menu, and eager to ensure that every guest feels like they're part of the LUPO family.

LUPO is more than a restaurant; it's a culinary adventure that seamlessly marries the charm of Italy with the unparalleled beauty of Banff's Rockies. With its inviting patio for summer dining, fresh in-house pasta and pizza, and a commitment to exceptional flavours, LUPO invites you to experience the warmth of Italy in the heart of the Canadian wilderness. Salut!

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the 2023/24 Cool Winter Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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