I’ve been looking to go to Bocca Di Lupo for a long while, I love their Gelato shop Gelupo across the road, it’s a frequent dessert stop when dining in Soho.
For starters we shared some of the Fritti and the Shaved radish & celeriac salad, there was too much truffle oil on the salad and this was all I could taste, it looked amazing and fresh but it was drowned out by the oil. The Fritti were hit and miss, the Baccala (salted pollack) and stuffed olives were delicious, if fish from the local fish and chip shop tasted liked the Baccala I would be a convert to the British national dish. The Olives stuffed with pork and veal were a salty, cheesy, meaty delight.
The deep-fried mozzarella was good but we were disappointed by the artichoke, the deep-frying seemed to make the artichoke tough and dried out.
For a main I had the tagliatelle with ragu bolognese, the pasta was good, cooked nicely and with good flavour but the ragu was a little bland, it needed some seasoning and more depth. I had the ragu at Trullo the next night, it was amazing once again, easily outclassed the Bocca option.
The service was ok, we were pressed for time as we had theatre tickets which the waiter assured us it was fine but then left us alone for long stretches. I would go back Bocca but maybe need to choose better options.