|Monday - Satuday||12:00 - 23:30|
|Sunday & Bank Holidays||12:00 - 22:30|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
|Nearest Station||Covent Garden|
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The first Polpo opened on Beak Street in September 2009. It is a lovely and remarkable coincidence that the building was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto. There is a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate this. Polpo Covent Garden opened on Maiden Lane in June 2011, Polpo Smithfield opened on Cowcross Street in August 2012 and Polpo Notting Hill opened on Notting Hill Gate in June 2014. Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines. Polpo has received the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand for the last five consecutive years and was awarded 2 Rosettes in the AA Guide for Culinary Excellence 2013-2014
Russell Norman has done more than bring Italy to London; he's brought a Venetian bacaro. For the unitiated, a bacaro is usually frequented by the gondoliers of the floating city but here in the concrete jungle you're more likely to find the streetsmart of the capital. Small plates and prosecco are the order of the day here: think crostini, meatballs and that inimitable duck ragu. Proved popular by the ever-present queues (go early to be in with a chance of nabbing a coveted table), this not so secret Soho staple is one that'll have you coming back for more.