|Monday - Saturday||11:00 - 00:00|
|Sunday||11:00 - 23:30|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
|Nearest Station||Tottenham Court Road|
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Closest tube station is Leicester square.
Takes bookings, Walk-ins welcome, Delivery and Table service
Located at One Cambridge Circus, gateway to the popular Seven Dials, owned by Shaftesbury, Vico offers accessible and affordable Italian street food, alongside award-winning Gelupo gelato. Designed by Jacob, the spacious interior evokes a bustling Italian piazza. Windows wrap around the vast space to bring the outdoors undercover with stone step seating flanking the outskirts of the room and free standing counters to rest food and carafes. Carnival lighting sweeps across the room to overhang a fountain, which – once installed – will form the centrepiece of the restaurant, partly decorative and partly serving drinking water. A temporary column stands in its place with colourful graffiti courtesy of Jacob and his mother, Haidee Becker, whose artwork graces the walls and windows of Vico.
Chef and co-owner Jacob, renowned for delivering obscure and delicious food highlights from across Italy’s 20 regions, oversees the menus and operation at Vico as executive chef. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of Italian cooking stems from extended periods of time travelling around Italy and researching its regions and cuisine. Food at the new ‘piazza-eria’ is inexpensive and intensely casual – seating and cutlery frowned upon – with a focus on dishes you’d eat walking along a street. Pizza by the slice, a myriad of polpette and arancini, fried tidbits of Mediterranean seafood, tranches of torte salate etc. Food is cooked in small quantities and picked by the clientele almost as soon as it’s lifted from the fryers and ovens. There will be, for the most part, no menu - chefs will be cooking at whim what the markets, farms, hunters and fishermen deliver.
The team behind Bocca di Lupo have opened a quick and simple little spot on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue. They’re not planning on having a menu, instead they’ll be rustling up what’s good depending on their deliveries that day. Expect pizza by the slice, polpette (meatballs) and arancini type things to keep you going and a very short drinks menu to top you up. There’s a gelaterie next door for the sweet things and a nice little Italian experience in all.