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Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Lupo's Italian Steakhouse, plus scores as of 7/21/11

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(WMC-TV) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Lupo's Italian Steakhouse, 2320 Amanda Ave., Dyersburg, TN, 731-287-0088,

Dr. Tony Bacigalupo is the "Lupo" in Lupo's. His practice is right next door.

Four years ago, the third-generation Genoan Italian sought two investors to launch something this town's drive-thru's, fast food joints and diners have never seen:  a 300-seat luxury restaurant with a brick oven bar that'll satisfy the stingiest critic's cravings for pasta, pizza and steaks.

Four years later, Lupo's Italian Steakhouse nails it!

"I love the atmosphere," said customer Lynn Fritchey, who said Lupo's is comparable to restaurants she enjoyed while living in San Diego and Minneapolis. "In fact, my brother is from New York, and he always likes to come to Lupo's when he's in town."

Bacigalupo said old country Tuscan cuisine with authentic, imported ingredients is "in his blood." He craved to bring to Dyer County what his parents and grandparents brought to their dinner tables.

"We're trying to make something this whole area can be proud of," he said. "We're trying to get them to have an unique and wonderful dining experience without having to drive 80 to 100 miles."

He hired young and innovative staff, including Executive Chef John Lindamood and Pastry Chef Marcie Sierra. Both trained at the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Sierra worked the kitchen in Robert Redford's Sundance Zoom Restaurant in Park City, UT.

Lunch features excellent Italian sandwiches and salads. Dinner shows off Lindamood's skills with pastas, seafood and hand-carved steaks, especially the Porcini Rib Eye.

"Their steaks are outstanding, but there is such a variety, you can just about come here every night of the week and eat something different," said customer Debbie Bradshaw-Hart.

Lupo's is fancy, but family-friendly. Lindamood's staff encourages kids to sit at the brick oven bar and watch as the cooks fire-bake pizzas. The little ones may even find themselves with rolling pins, kneading their own piles of dough.

The full bar offers nice happy hour specials and patio seating. I'll be the guy sitting with his smoking hot wife, drinking a nice Malbec and eating Lindamood's Wild Mushroom Ravioli.

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Porcini Rib Eye, Turkey Panini, White Pizza (Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Olive Oil), Filet Alla Griglia, Lobster Bisque, Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia, House Chocolate Tiramisu.


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