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When a restaurant is heaped with praise from professional food critics, you know you're on to a winner. Not only is the food delicious at Bocca di Lupo, the prices are surprisingly affordable, particularly for a tourist melting pot in the heart of the city. Bocca Di Lupo specializes in regional Italian cuisine and has turned caponata and tagliata into an art form with tongue tingling flavors that linger long after your last gulp. Rather than sticking with the traditional starter-main sequence, Bocca has opted for the tapas approach, so you can order a variety of sumptuous recipes to flex your taste buds. You can hire the venue for a private celebration with a choice of prix-fixe catering menus.
Polpo is a bàcaro i.e. a Venetian tavern serving a selection of local wines along with simple snacks. The Campari Bar, located in the basement of the restaurant, is popular for cichèti or Venetian bar snacks. The brick-walled bar is a cozy setting to hang out with friends. It can also be hired for private events. The restaurant accepts reservations for lunch but not for dinner.
Locanda Locatelli brings Italian fine dining to London, with exotic dishes such as succulent carne and delicious pastas. It is also a renowned place to savor authentic Italian spices and premium wine. Do not miss the Fennel salad topped with mullet roe shavings, served on crisp sardinian pane carasau. Try the custard with raspberry coulis for dessert; you won't be disappointed.This upscale place offers beautiful interiors where you can catch up with family and friends. You can also book in advance for a luxurious private dining experience.
When a place is tiny and expensive, yet popular, there has to be a good reason. What appears to be a pleasant but ordinary dining room, above a pub, gradually transforms into a temple of brilliant Italian cooking. The no-nonsense approach to decor provides the first clue to Assaggi's charm, which is also reflected in the menu. The pasta loaf comes highly recommended, but all the dishes are divine, and worth spending some time (and money) over. It's no surprise that Assaggi bagged the Oscar of the gastronomic world, when it claimed the title of 'Italian Restaurant of the Year' in the Moet & Chandon London Restaurant awards.
Riva is an elegant dining venue in leafy Barnes and is very popular with locals. The plush interiors are decorated with beautiful flower arrangements. The long, rectangular dining room is cozy and exactly the kind of place suburbanites love. Those who know the menu well choose the risotto, stuffed Courgette Flowers, Bresaola or divine fish dishes topped off with something suitably Italian from the well-chosen wine list.