Russell Norman’s Italian Bocaro has spawned an empire of similar boltholes across Soho, all well worth a visit in their own right, especially when you can’t squeeze in the door at Polpo – a dimunitive restaurant with a New York vibe and irresistible Venetian-style nibbles. Reservations are allowed at lunch only and large parties need not apply; there aren’t really any big tables and the place is always thronging with trendy movers and shakers anyway. Even if there are just two of you, you can face an interminable wait at the bar. Admittedly, standing cheek to jowl as everyone gets hungrier and grumpier ruins the atmosphere a tad, but things do improve immeasurably once you’re seated. The space is still cramped, but scarf down a few of the pizzette and all will seem right in the world again. Nip downstairs after (or before) for a cheeky tipple and a bite of Cicheti at the “hidden” Campari bar.
|Address:||41 Beak St, W1F 9SB|
|Phone:||020 7734 4479|
|Nearest Tube:||Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Ciricus|
|Need To Know:||No reservations for dinner; Closed for dinner Sunday|
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