Polpo Smithfield

Polpo Smithfield

Italian | Clerkenwell | Won't break the bank

With the third iteration of his highly successful Polpo brand of restaurants, Russell Norman seems to be targeting the business lunchers – that means you can reserve for lunch, halle-bloody-lujah. You’ll still have to take your chances at dinner though. Never mind, it’s actually a great spot for a business lunch. There’s the usual slick “polpo-style” interior – all exposed light bulbs, artful floor tiling and conspicuous beams – with none of the stuffiness of many city spots. Then there’s the people-pleasing food. Polpo’s Venetian bacaro formula is well tried and tested now and all the favourites are here; giant meatballs that melt in the mouth, addictively moreish pizzette draped with irresistible toppings and a range of other small plates, perfect for sharing.  The place does great drinks too, maybe something to do with the downstairs negroni bar. Be warned, these pack a mean punch; two of these suckers will send you back to work after lunch a very happy bunny.

Address: 2-3 Cowcross St, EC1M 6DR
Phone: 020 7250 0034
Website: www.polpo.co.uk
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Need To Know: Reservations at lunch only; Closed at dinner Sunday

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