I am in the midst of finally reading “Eat, Pray, Love.” I just finished the first section of the book where she eats her way through Italy and writes incessantly about the amazing food in each location. While reading her descriptions of one mouth watering dish after another it left me with an insatiable desire to eat Italian cuisine, that very day, and lots of it. This landed me on the doorstep of Bocca di Lupo a small trattoria nestled in the heart of Soho. It opened its doors in 2008 and prides itself on authentic and uncomplicated Italian dishes. (The numerous awards definitely support this.) The menu draws its influence from the twenty different regions of Italy and one has the option of ordering most dishes in small or large portions. I love this touch as I a big fan of sampling more than one dish off of a menu. I always make sure my husband and I order something different when we are dining so we are able to share the two (half-sies style) and experience more than one culinary creation. So small dishes, more options is ideal.
Below is a sampling of what we feasted on. Note that the menu changes daily based upon the ingredients available so not all dishes below will always be on the menu. Everything we ate was amazing. I will not be cruel here and go on and on about the food, but will let you know that I was asking for more bread to sop up the sauce left on each plate. I am also already plotting a return visit as I was too stuffed to even try their famous gelato. Such an amateur.
Make a reservation if dining during the evening, or I will let you in on my secret to walking in and getting the best table in the house. Dine on Sunday afternoons around 3:30pm to 4:00pm. This is my favorite time to see a restaurant. After the maddening dinner rushes on Friday and Saturday are over and the staff are making their way through the final day of the weekend. I have always been able to walk in without a reservation and be seated immediately. So if in London and you are unable to hop on a plane to Italy this is the next best thing (and only a short tube ride away). Just be sure you are “hungry like a wolf.”
Artichoke a la giudia (₤5.00)
Spaghettini with mussels, prawns, langoustines and squid (₤9.00 for the small)
Cappellacci of pumpkin & amaretti with sage & butter (₤7.50 for the small) It was more like dessert it was so perfectly sweet and buttery.
Location: 12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB
Telephone: 020 7734 2223
Mon – Sat, 12:30 – 15:00
Sun, 12:45 – 16:00Pre-Theatre
Mon – Sat, 17:30 – 19:00
Mon – Sat, 17:30 – 23:00Sunday Dinner Sun, 16:00 – 21:30