To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its opening, much loved Venetian small plates restaurant POLPO is hosting a special cichèti feast at their original Beak Street location. For one night only, top chefs including Angela Hartnett and Francesco Mazzei will be joining founders Russell Norman and Richard Beatty to create an impressive five-course feast, followed by a party in the Campari Room.
The menu includes a Sicilian-inspired swordfish arancini from Rachel Roddy, spiced breaded kid-goat chops from Stevie Parle (of Pastaio and Palantino fame) and Grana Padano cheese puffs with black truffle from Francesco Mazzei. There’s also a red mullet and pepper stew on the cards courtesy of Angela Hartnett, and a Tortellini in Brodo from chef and cookery writer Florence Knight. Throughout the night, bartenders will be serving up Spritzes, Negronis and Bellinis to keep things lively.
If you can’t make the night itself, fear not: you can sample the culinary delights in the weeks leading up to the anniversary dinner, with one dish featuring on the menu each week prior.
‘When we opened the doors ten years ago, it gave me so much joy to see the bar heaving with guests, spritz in hand, their plates piled high with cichèti, and this Venetian spirit still lives through POLPO to this day,’ says Russell. ‘Regional Italian cuisine is so loved by London diners and it’s going to be a real treat bringing these Italian cooking superstars together for this special evening. Everyone is welcome, there will be a few surprises, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.’
Casual, no-reservations restaurant POLPO opened in Soho back in 2009, and became a hit within weeks. Since then, they’ve gone on to open branches across the city in areas like Covent Garden and Chelsea, as well as a venue in Brighton.
POLPO Beak Street, Soho W1F 9SB
30 September 2019, from 5.30pm
Tickets cost £50pp and can be purchased at eventbrite.com