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Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo, the duo behind Soho hit Bocca di Lupo, have transformed this former Pizza Hut into a bustling Italian piazza, complete with central fountain and strings of bright carnival lights overhead. Vico originally followed a somewhat confusing street-food concept, but has bowed to public opinion and relaunched as a conventional table-service joint. We think it’s much the better for the change, with a short one-page menu that roams along southern Italy’s Appian Way from Lazio to Puglia. We began with raw red prawns, sweet fleshed with a hint of blood-orange citrus zest; and mint-smoked aubergine served antipasti-style, though slightly too cold. No complaints, though, about deep-fried squid with lemony gremolata mayo, or properly crispy Roman-style pizza topped with porcini mushrooms and Italian sausage. Great gelato sundaes from the separate Gelupo counter satisfy sweet cravings, while drinks include an all-Italian wine list, Birra Moretti and Aperol Spritz. 

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1 Cambridge Circus ,London WC2H 8PA

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Decent mid-range Italian food

by   platinum reviewer (94)

Jan 2017

I did wonder, between booking and going, whether there was in fact a gap in the market between the chains on one hand, cheap, pedestrian, there when you need them. The local trattoria on another; variable quality, but at its best good cooking and value with few surprises, good or bad, in their food offer; and then the more interesting , upmarket Italian -based restaurants that will quite often surprise and delight you with their take on traditional and modern cuisines. I'd put Bocca di Lupo,...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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1 Cambridge Circus ,London WC2H 8PA

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Deep fried sphere of lasagne, you can’t go wrong.

by   platinum reviewer (82)

Aug 2016

I’ve been meaning to check out Vico for a while, but rarely find myself in this part of London, so we made a detour a couple of weekends ago as we are fans of Bocca Di Lupo (sister restaurant), although this is a very different offering. We both had the deep fried sphere of lasagne (looks like a scotch egg), and fell in love instantly, seriously rich beef ragu, a slick of béchamel sauce, wrapped in pasta, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried, with a side of courgette fries (not your usual “skinny”...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for Vico

  • Address: 1 Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8PA
  • Telephone: 020 7379 0303
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-9.30pm (Wed-Fri -11pm) Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -9.30pm)

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