occa di Lupo is an Italian restaurant in the same way that J Lo’s just an entertainer - ridiculously hot 10 years ago, still hot today. It’s one of the best places to eat Italian food in London and hits all the right notes - amazing pastas, grilled seafood and antipasti - and ups the ante with regional dishes from places like Rome and Veneto that even your friends from Italy would be hard pressed to say they’d tried.
A low-key location and a dining room full of people with presumably nicer houses and trendier friends than you doesn’t hurt, and though there are tables, the bar’s also a great place to sit and people watch. You can come for a snack or a glass of wine, or for a full-blown get knees-up with friends if you’re feeling rich. Call ahead, as it gets ridiculously popular in the evenings.