Review on Bocca di Lupo

The curious name translates as 'mouth of the wolf' - it's apparently a term of endearment in Italian - but there's nothing ferocious about this sleek new Soho theatreland venue, which has the bonus of a marble-topped bar where you can sit and watch the chefs as they go about their work.

Otherwise, opt for the evocative delights of the small, intimate dining room, which conjures up Italy with its terrazzo on the floor, antique mirrors and fascinating contemporary canvases by Haidee Becker depicting 'a cornucopia of local flora and fauna'.

The kitchen is fully in tune with all that's regional, whether it's caponata from Sicily, crescentine from Emilia-Romagna or capon magro from Liguria. Each dish is flagged up with its region of origin - thus 'raw and cured' items might include shaved radish, celeriac and pecorino salad with pomegranate and truffle oil, while 'roasts' might feature rustic pork and foie gras sausage with farro and porcini from Trentino. Most dishes can be ordered as small or large plates, while desserts could usher in Sicilian cassata or more challenging sanguinaccio (a sweet pâté of pig's blood and chocolate with sourdough bread) from Abruzzo. The intriguing regional Italian wine list does its job admirably.

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Jacob Kenedy

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.15 - 3.00pm (3.15pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.15 - 11.00pm (9.30pm Sun)

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Facilities at Bocca di Lupo

  • Pre theater meals
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 63 covers


Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer Street
West London

Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus

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