Bocca di Lupo

Address: 12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7734 2223

- Mid-range

3.8

London took an immediate liking to this informal Italian eaterie.

Couples, groups of friends, business people – everyone seems to love Bocca di Lupo, which specializes in sharing plates of authentic Italian recipes.

Food and drink
3.9
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Food and drink
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
3.5
90%
Location
3.6
90%

Food and drink

Every dish has a note of its regional origins on the menu – anything marked BDL instead indicates it was devised by the restaurant. Dishes range from Trentino and Alto Adige right down to Sicily and come in small or large sizes so you can eat tapas-style or in courses as preferred. The kitchen’s so serious about getting things right they make their own cotechino (pig’s trotter sausage), buristo (blood salame) and ‘nduja (spicy soft salame). I love the mostly-Italian wine list, which includes three contrasting reds served chilled. Avocado smoothies and almond milk are among the thoughtful choice of non-alcoholic drinks.

Ambience

It’s not the ideal choice if you’re looking for an intimate supper. The dining room’s usually crowded and noisy (the downside of having a terrazzo floor) – I’d much rather eat at the marble-topped kitchen counter.

Service

Really patchy in my experience.

Location

On a still-seedy street to the south of Soho.

Price advice

It’s possible to eat here cheaply at any time, though you may not feel full afterwards. Small plate sizes start at £2 for stuffed olives and rise to £12.50 for grilled scallops with gremolata. Lunch and pre-theatre one-dish meals are £8-£18.

Branches

Gelupo, on the same street, is Bocca di Lupo’s gelateria, deli and coffee bar – see website for details.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Trendiness

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