Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer Street
Put simply, gorgeous Italian food.
Spaghetti with ‘Nduja, Red Onion & Fresh Tomato (£7)
We initially ordered an entree size, but this was so good we ordered a large portion. This was originally served with orecchiette but we requested for it to be substituted with spaghetti. (Note: ‘Nduja is BdL’s deliciously spicy home-made spreading salame)
Pasta was cooked al dente, perfect amount of bite and infused with spicy garlicky tomato tang, with a generous sprinkling of parmesan. Every mouthful was an absolute pleasure. I could honestly eat this forever.
We also had the Parmigiana di Melazane - Aubergines baked with tomatoes & mozzarella (£14) (not pictured). This dish was served deliciously hot, oozing with cheese and beautiful slivers of aubergines.
Squid Ink Risotto
Flavoursome, but outshone by the gorgeous pasta dish.
Roast Suckling Pig & Grapes (£24.5)
The highlight of the dish was the crunchy salty golden pork crackling which we couldn’t get enough of. I was quite fond of the beautifully sweet salty juicy grapes infused with the pork juices.
I wanted to showcase the gorgeous grapes, but in doing so I haven’t done the suckling pig any justice.
Tagliata - carved T-Bone Steak (Kettyle Farm) with Rosemary, Balsamic, Parmesan & Rocket
Served medium rare, the steak was wonderfully pink and tender, the fatty bits of the steak was beautifully juicy and was where all the flavour was hiding. Served with a gorgeous bed of fresh rocket and parmesan.
Lately I’ve grown rather disenchanted with Italian food, maybe I’ve been going to all the wrong places. But Bocca di Lupo, I think I’m in love. Beautifully cooked and beautifully presented quality Italian food. From what I’ve tasted, every other dish on the menu sounds just as promising and I can’t wait to try more.