What’s The Deal?
A beautiful, classy Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, serving both traditional and modern dishes.
Italian food is one of my absolute favourite cuisines (as I’m sure you’ll know if you are a regular reader!) and I was super excited about trying somewhere new, in an area of central London that I don’t visit as often as I would like. Inside Bocconcino, the restaurant is very impressive with two seating areas. Either a large, open downstairs dining space (with spiral staircase) or another dining room upstairs. We opted for the upstairs dining room which (although still very sizeable) felt quite cosy.
Gianni, the manager, was looking after us and an excellent host. We started with Prosecco & nibbles of mixed olives and some amazing rosemary Focaccia (a must order)!
Starters were Scallops (perfectly cooked) served with Cauliflower puree, (obviously) the Andria Burrata with aubergine & pesto (which was one of the best burrata I’ve had, and I’ve had quite a lot!), and finally the Tiger Prawns (fresh from the fish counter).
We shared a couple of different mains, starting off with a traditional Primi pasta course which was the Spaghetti with Clams. The pasta again was perfectly cooked and came in the most beautiful buttery sauce! Next up, we couldn’t resist one of the pizzas cooked in a traditional wood oven, with mozzarella, ham and champignon mushrooms. But finally, the star of the show was definitely the whole Sea Bass, big enough for two to share and served at the table. This was unbelievably light and almost melted in the mouth, served with potatoes & green beans.
At this point after so much delicious food, we were extremely full (!), however I firmly believe that any good Italian dessert menu needs a Chocolate Fondant and Bocconcino didn’t disappoint! It was warm, gooey and perfectly formed, served with vanilla ice cream. A fantastic end to a fantastic meal.
For me, Bocconcino felt like the perfect place for a celebration or somewhere to treat yourself now and again. Everything is chic & high quality and the interior of the restaurant is very impressive. It was great for a Saturday evening date night (which is what we went for) but equally the clientele was a broad mixture of families and groups of friends as well, so all needs are catered for. If you are looking for somewhere classy with amazing Italian food, you can’t go far wrong here!
Budget or Bust?
£££ – Bocconcino isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for. Considering it’s prime position in the heart of Mayfair, just off Berkeley Square, prices are in line with the rest of the area and the quality of the food can’t be faulted.
19 Berkeley Street, W1J 8ED
*Meal courtesy of Bocconcino but all views are my own.