Cucina Lupo opens for business Nov. 12 in downtown Carson City

Lupo team members from left to right: James Vandegrift, Luis Fragoso, Nick Meyer, Tommy Linnett and Steve Sanchez.

Lupo team members from left to right: James Vandegrift, Luis Fragoso, Nick Meyer, Tommy Linnett and Steve Sanchez.

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Cucina Lupo, Carson City’s newest modern Italian restaurant, invites residents to join them for lunch and dinner services starting Nov. 12. Located at 308 N. Curry St., Cucina Lupo fills the space the Martin Hotel recently vacated.

When the owner of the Martin Hotel closed the Carson City location, Steve Neighbors, a member of the Hop & Mae Foundation who built the mixed-use complex, reached out to Mark Estee and the Reno Local Food Group.

“Reno Local Food Group worked closely with Steve Neighbors to bring The Union Brewpub to life,” Estee said. “We knew we were lucky to have this opportunity to bring Lupo in and continue to be a part of the expanding Carson City dining experience.”

Cucina Lupo will serve modern Italian dishes, influenced by the flavors of both northern and southern Italy, with a local Basque flair. Locals who enjoyed the Martin’s signature picon can still find it on the menu at Lupo.

“We’ve kept on as many of the Martin staff members as we could and will donate a portion of proceeds from each picon sold to the Carson City 4-H Club in the Martin’s name,” said Estee. “To round out our team we’ve brought over general manager James Vandegrift, formerly an assistant manager at The Union, and executive chef Luis Fragoso, from Liberty Events and Catering. I’m also very happy to announce that long-time sommelier from Adele’s, Steve Sanchez will be joining us at Lupo.”

Estee said Lupo is focused on creating seasonally inspired Italian cuisine sourced from local farms and purveyors in Northern Nevada. Modern dishes like squid ink spaghetti will be served alongside classic favorites like chicken parmigiana and fettuccine alfredo, with housemade pastas and breads.

“Some of Lupo’s menu items are definitely not your grandmother’s recipes,” said Estee. “Our team has worked hard to showcase the classic flavors of Italy while bringing in a touch of modernity.”

Cucina Lupo will hold a soft opening lunch and dinner Nov. 8, and Nov. 9. Upon opening Nov. 12, Cucina Lupo will operate full lunch and dinner services Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with appetizers and champagne toast will be held on Nov. 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. One glass of complimentary champagne will be served during dinner service on that day only.

For information about Cucina Lupo, visit


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