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11 Berwick St. Send to Phone
020-7439 8627
Underground: Tottenham Court Rd./Leicester Square
Polpetto is the place for small plates to share, with distinctly Italian tastes.

Mon.-Sat. noon-11pm, Sun. and Bank Holidays noon-4pm

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Polpetto, London, UK

Polpetto Restaurant Review

: Polpetto used to be above the French House pub in Dean Street; it then closed while owner Russell Norman (founder of Polpo) looked for a new venue. Well, it has arrived and it looks as though it has been here forever, which is one of the signs of a great restaurateur, who also happens to be the designer. It’s a long, narrow room upstairs with a red leather banquette and small tables opposite. Glass lamps, old-looking walls and wooden floors create the atmosphere of a Venetian bacaro, which is precisely the desired effect. Florence Knight made a considerable name at the old Polpetto and she’s not putting a foot wrong here either. This is the place for small plates to share, with distinctly Italian tastes. Try mussels, cannellini beans and garlic in a wine sauce; cavolo nero with anchovy and burnt bread; veal cheeks in white wine with fennel; polenta; lentils and more. Desserts are equally tempting: maple tart, chocolate flan with crème fraîche. Dishes are priced at £3.50-£4 for vegetables; £5.50 to £12 for meat and fish; and £3.50 to £7 for desserts. It sounds cheap, but it’s easy to pile up the plates, particularly at such quality. There’s a good wine list with selections from around Italy, with house wine at £18 a bottle.


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