Bocca di Lupo

bocca-di-lupo-home_image_image-130926898881179214Photograph courtesy of Bocca di Lupo Words by Shaun Cooney

This has been on my list of places to try for quite some time, but I will admit that the thing that put me off going the most was the menu, not that it isn’t an incredible menu but more that I had no idea what half of the stuff was. But after much convincing and a long waiting list for a table here I was sitting at the counter in front of the kitchen. The worst place for me to be had my dining companion hoped for any good conversation that night.

A Negroni and an Aperol Spritz kept us amused whilst we had a short wait for a spot at the counter, but this give me some extra time to decode the menu. Once seated and confident of what I had ordered I sat back to enjoy a glass of Italian Finano as our starters of Bocconcino, sage stuffed anchovies and the crispy but sweet artichoke a la giudia.

Bocca di lupo serves quality small plates of beautiful Italian dishes and with an award winning wine list to match. Following on from our starters a main of spider crab linguine was beautifully light and full of generous amounts of crab, a quick swing of a fork allowed me to steal some Ricotta Ravioli from the plate next to me which left me speechless and motionless, covered in burnt walnut pesto the bitterness matched perfectly with the soft Ricotta middle.

But the highlight for me has to be the Profiteroles, a dish I haven’t had in many years, here served in three flavours of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut which was the finished in hot chocolate sauce. Everytime I pass by this place is full and now I know why, I will for sure be booking a table well in advance for my next visit.

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