May 11, 2018
Russell Norman’s latest Soho bolt-hole combines the by now familiar Venetian bacaro vibe with something altogether more Lower East Side. A sibling of Norman’s Polpo and Polpetto, the space is tiny, seating barely more than twenty around a central bar and a couple of coveted tables. The cocktails are on the mark, they serve a good range of aperitifs and a strong list of Italian wines by the carafe. The food is more New York than the other venues: truffled egg toast, grits, sliders, house pickles and a witty take on PB & J for dessert. Despite its location amid the sex shops of Soho’s seedier side, its size, reputation and no reservation policy mean getting a seat can be tricky. Go early or expect to queue.
Main photo credits: Spuntino official website