Bocconcino opened in the heart of Mayfair in 2014 and has since become renowned for serving both classic and modern Italian dishes from Executive Chef Marco Corsica.
The Berkeley Street eatery from restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner follows the best culinary principles of Italy, focusing quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods.
Alongside the excellent food, guests to Bocconcino experience first class service, a luxurious setting, welcoming atmosphere, and a selection of the finest wines from Italy and around the world.
For chef Marco Corsica (previous of Daphne’s, Cecconi’s, Sartoria and Luciano), ingredients are key to recreating the authentic flavours of his homeland, and the produce will always be the star of a dish at Bocconcino.
Having grown up in a family of great cooks and trained as a chef in Naples, Marco expertly balances his respect for classic Italian flavours with a touch of contemporary flair.
Before starting the gastronomic adventure through Chef Marco’s menu, sit down and enjoy an aperitif such as Boulevardier made with Woodford Reserve for the cocktail connoisseurs or a non-alcoholic Apple Mojito for those doing Dry January.
From the menu, a tempting array of antipasti such as Scallops served with a cauliflower purée and bottarga. The scallops are the perfect choice for a light antipasto. The subtle cauliflower purée allows the delicately cooked freshness of the scallops to take centre stage on the plate.
Guest can also enjoy classic Italian starters such as Aubergine Parmigiana which is a fantastic starter with a deep fleshy centre and a crust of tomato and cheese topped with basil. A definite must try.
For those that want to take a trip to the sea what better than to try the Linguine with Scottish lobster and cherry tomatoes from the Primi section of the menu. The lobster was fresh, meaty and generous accompanied by the thick tomato sauce with the Linguine perfectly al dente. A delight on the plate.
In addition to pasta dishes, Bocconcino also serve delicious risottos such as Saffron risotto with slow-cooked venison ossobuco. The saffron risotto was an extremely generous portion but so delicious that one had to devour every last bite. I would recommend this as a stand-alone dish for a quick and tasty bite with friends. It’s generous enough to not require the need to do a tasting menu or a four-course meal. The veal ossobuco was tender yet meaty and was a perfect contrast to the creaminess of the risotto.
The pizzas look as good as they taste including the signature Pizza Bocconcino with Stracchino, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes & Parma ham
Or the fiery Pizza Diavola with Tomato sauce, mozzarella & spicy salami.
The team of talented pizzaiolos prepare and cook the pizzas in the traditional wood-fired oven.
For secondi, Marco’s open firing cooking adds a beautiful flavour to a selection of steaks with other meat dishes including my personal favourite of Rack of lamb with mash potato and artichoke. The lamb is served more on the rarer side so l would recommend asking for it cooked medium. For mustard lovers the skin of the lamb is well coated so for those with a delicate palate it is worth mentioning this to the waiter.
Guests can also enjoy seafood dishes boasting ingredients brought in daily fresh from the sea. Get your order in early and make the most of these deliciously cooked piscine.
One of our favourite seafood dishes was Roasted octopus with caponata and Sardinian seafood fregola.
The octopus was well cooked and perfectly paired with seasonal vegetables however having just tasted the saffron risotto the impact of this dish was not enough to knock the veal ossobuco off the top spot of Italian dishes to order again.
To complete the ultimate Italian feast at Bocconcino, guests can indulge in traditional desserts including Tiramisu and the delectable Hazelnut Millefeuille for an Italian twist to the French classic made with the finest hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Italy. This dish is a must try with a homely feel the sweet flavours combine well and the dish is light enough treat yourself.
With authentic Italian food, an extensive wine list, welcoming and stylish design, and outstanding service, Bocconcino offers an exceptional Italian dining experience in the heart of Mayfair.
19 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8ED
+44 (0)207 499 4510