In my favourite part of London, located on Berkley Street, is Bocconcino, boasting a prime location, spacious venue and intrigued me as it is an Italian restaurant owned by Russians. This was a fact I learned from Amit, which was later confirmed by the manager of the restaurant. (I don’t need google my husband knows everything).
The restaurant is split into two parts, a downstairs, which is known for its wood fired oven pizzas, casual and buzzing ambience, and upstairs, which is classier, more romantic and quieter.
We were shown to a lovely corner table upstairs which was so beautiful. If I hadn’t been asked to review the restaurant, I would definitely have loved to have been brought here on a date. There was soft Italian music in the background, candles lit on each table and soft colours and brick walls. Just so romantic.
We had a lovely bread basket to share and the bread was wonderful. So soft, wholesome and tasty.
To start with we ordered two dishes to share from the Antipasti section. First up was Burratina d’andrea con melanzane e pesto. Sound amazing doesn’t it? This was Andria burrata with aubergine and pesto. It was so delicious and the flavours just married each other perfectly.
Our second Antipasti was Selezione di salumi toscani – a selection of fine tuscan cured meat. I have a weakness for cured meats and this was delicious! Loved the presentation and there was a generous portion served beautifully on a wooden board.
Carlo, the wine sommelier suggested a glass of red, which was Tenuta San Guido, Le Difese 2014. Gorgeous wine and so easy to drink (which is dangerous) and it went perfectly with my choice of mains.
Amit went for the Linguine con astice scozzese e pomodoro ciliegino, which is Linguine with scottish lobster and cherry tomato. I was actually a little jealous when it arrived, as not only did it look incredible, it tasted divine!
My choice was just as phenomenal and I went for the Ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage. Every mouthful was pleasurable and it really did pair well with the wine that Carlo had chosen for me.
Amit thoroughly enjoyed his dish and even posed for me as a good Instagram husband does 😉
The food so far had been amazing so I was really looking forward to dessert! My blogger friend The Foodie Diaries, who also has a review on her blog of Bocconcino, had given me the heads up that the Profiteroles, which are served with Chantilly cream and a hot chocolate sauce, were to die for and so I ordered them.
Oh my word were they good! Delectable and scrumptious and just so moreish. Amit loves profiteroles and he said these are up there with the nicest he has eaten.
The whole experience was amazing. The service was excellent complete with romantic Italian accents from the staff (and football updates for my husband who was banned from checking scores on his phone)!
The food was so authentic, flavoursome and not overly complicated and a fantastic choice for starters, mains and dessert. I was very impressed with both the wine list and Carlo’s advice on the wine to choose to pair with my food.
It was the perfect place for a date night, special occasion and escapism into Italy through a food lens.
If you want a lovely restaurant to catch up with friends, the downstairs restaurant is perfect. I would definitely be back and would have been really impressed if I had been brought here as a surprise or date.
I am glad that Mayfair has a fantastic authentic Italian restaurant as it was much needed and would whole heartedly recommend this to anyone.
For more information go to: http://www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk
Disclaimer: My meal was complimentary but all photos and views are my own.