Originally established in 2010 on Dean Street, Polpetto, has made a comeback after a two closure, in its now larger premises on Berwick Street.
Polpetto is a bàcaro - a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food, and good, young local wines.
We arrived early on a Saturday evening to avoid the crowds, and were comfortably seated in our cosy little cubicle at the back of the restaurant.
The place is low lit, with quaint bar tables lined at the front along the side at the bar area, and dining tables along the back.
As always, we asked the waitress for some recommendations from the menu, and ordered a few small plates to share.
I wasn't particularly very hungry, after a late lunch and a whole afternoon of nibbling, so this was ideal.
| Negroni Sbagliato |
They served both the standard negroni, as well as the lesser known version on the cocktail menu - the Negroni Sbagliato.
Sbagliato means "messed up" or "mistaken" in Italian, hence Negroni Sbagliato is said to be the result of an accident by the bartender who mistakenly used sparkling wine (eg. prosecco) instead of gin in Negroni. Being a fan of prosecco and all things sparkly/bubbly, I was curious to try it - the taste was more subtle, and needless to say, I really liked it.
| Beef shin strozzapreti |
Delicious pieces of beef served on strozzapreti, which are an elongated form of hand rolled pasta.
This was my first time trying this variation of pasta, which intriguingly enough means "prieststranglers" or "priestchokers" in Italian (!)
Apparently, when strozzapreti was first invented, they were first served to the priests, who found them so good that they devoured them so quickly that they choked.
Probably also resulting in some cases of indigestion - Gaviscon probably wasn't even invented then...
| Clams, wild garlic, creme fraiche |
Clams served in a lovely creamy sauce.
| Raw spinach, mustard, orange |
Refreshing with a nice sweetness from the oranges.
| Kid & broad beans |
The meat was really soft and tender - my favourite dish of the evening.
| Fried pecorino & honey |
The name sounded really really familiar, but I just couldn't put my finger on it at that time...
But when it was served, I then remembered that it was similar to the Seadas served at the Back Door Kitchen's Sardinian supperclub last year - and how much I loved it!
Not sure if the origins are the same, but I would be happy to have any type of version.
I only wished that there was more to devour...
Overall, a simple and pleasant meal - casual and relaxed ambience, delicious Italian-inspired food, and prompt service.
Address: 11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL
Tel. No.: 020 7439 8627
Opening hours: 12:00-23:00 (Mon - Sat) ; 12:00-16:00 (Sun & Bank Holidays)