REVIEW: Bocconcino, Mayfair
The Russians keep coming with new foodie ventures, this time with an outlet from a pizza chain established originally in Moscow. Bocconcino’s rather bland website not giving much away, the beautiful, lofty interiors (complete with glittering chandelier) are somewhat of a surprise, despite the haughty location (it’s right next to Nobu and along from The May Fair Hotel). So what sets this upmarket restaurant apart from its West London peers? The price, actually.
As with most London restaurants the sky’s your limit if you want to spend – but this elegant spot offers something for those who want to enjoy a splendid setting without burning a hole in their wallet. Wood-fired, freshly-made and absolutely huge pizzas start at a reasonable £11 (you could happily share, but you won’t want to) and hover around the £14-17 mark while spaghetti dishes are around £15. So long as you choose wisely, it’s possible to walk out of here full and happy, having spent under £25.
Focaccia al rosmarino is warm and fragrant (£5), while a filling plate of black ink spaghetti with calamari and bottarga came in at £15. Desserts are mostly £6 or £7 – we opted for classic creme brulee that was simple perfection.
The wine list is impressive, too – a diverse choice of bins from Lombardia to Puglia to Trentino alto Adige, a careful mixture of well-known brands and small, artisan producers. The bar’s a thing of wonder too, serving up authentic Italian cocktails – think Bellinis, Negronis and Aperol Spritz.
If you thought dining out in a W1 postcode was out of reach, think again – you’ve just got to go carefully. Time to dig out that party dress.
Average meal price: £35
Address: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED