Stripped-down Italian expertly conceived and delivered like tapas: This simple, classy conceit—and its chipper buzz, and that long, alluring bar in front of the open kitchen—have made it a mainstay in Soho for over a decade. The menu might be printed twice a day to keep up with the availability of fresh ingredients (or with the adventurous ideas: squirrel ravioli has been known to make appearances, while sea bream carpaccio and cream of langoustine and red prawn risotto appear more reliably). If one of them fails to impress, you didn’t pay much for it, so it’s easy and fun to try another. The rich concepts hail from around Italy, and the region of origin is marked, like wine, to help guide your palate. The wine list, too, isn’t ignored. It’s among the best in town for this price.
Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer St., W1, England
Our Rating Neighborhood Soho Hours Mon–Sat noon–3pm and 5–11pm; Sun noon–3:30pm and 5–9:30pm. Reservations strongly recommended. Transportation
Tube: Piccadilly CircusPhone 020/7734-2223 Prices Small plates £6–£13;large plates £13–£22 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Bocca di Lupo
Map12 Archer St., W1 England London
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