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.
If we have to explain to you why ordering deep-fried mozzarella is a good idea, there’s a chance you might be lost.
Everything has pomegranate on it in London these days, but Bocca was there before all of them. What’s more, this is an incredible salad.
Good God is the pasta at Bocca good. Chilling at the bar with a glass of wine and a plate of the orrechiette pasta is a guaranteed way to feel good.