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Despite being a sibling to the smarter, more established Manicomio next door, this funky little Italian café isn’t just an extension of the existing restaurant. The bright neon sign that punctuates its monochrome interior asserts its separate identity, while the huge counter display of daytime bites, take-home pick-me-ups and fresh Italian produce emphasises its more informal nature. Breakfast can be booked in advance and is an adult-only zone, making it perfect for morning meetings. Food options cover the savoury to the sweet, including smoked salmon, buratta, onion, watercress and caper brioche and waffles with strawberries, granola and creme fraiche. Come the afternoon, there are some heartier options: seared yellow fin tuna with Sicillian caponata was fresh and filling, while the Parma ham, mozzarella and tomato panini was big on portion size and flavour. Don’t skip the homemade cakes though; go for the light and fluffy carrot cake or the deliciously rich cheesecake. Just because Poco is ideal for a quick foodie fix doesn’t mean you have to grab and go: the café’s 30-seat conservatory and private alfresco terrace, plus its enticing wine list, will convince you to linger a while.