POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

August 1, 2019 - Comment

Tucked away in a backstreet of London’s edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this

Tucked away in a backstreet of London’s edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious., The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks, zucchini shoestring fries, asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter, butternut risotto, arancini, rabbit cacciatore, warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets, crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket, scallops with lemon and peppermint, mackerel tartare, linguine with clams, whole sea bream, warm octopus salad, soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad, walnut and honey semifreddo, tiramisu, fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz. With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy’s greatest hidden cuisine.

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Anonymous says:

Captures Venice perfectly As a frequent (every winter) visitor to Venice, I know this food.This book illustrates better than others I have that Italian food is not actually about simplicity. What is realised is that the pairing of ingredients is genius beyond all other world cuisines, but the putting it together remains deceptively simple.The food is relaxed, slow paced and gentle.This book captures the essence of Italian food, and once the Italian life philosophy is understood, then the…

Anonymous says:

and it’s one that I never get bored of. The recipes are simple I’ve had this cookbook for a couple of years now, and it’s one that I never get bored of. The recipes are simple, sometimes labour intensive, but always give you amazing flavour in the end results. It’s a proper fancy cook book too, one that you can read from time to time to just salivate over the pictures of food. If you love the Polpo restaurants, and love authentic northern Italian food then you’ll love this cookbook. Be warned – there aren’t many pizza or pasta recipes here! But there are…

Anonymous says:

It’s a fine cook book I bought the book to give to friends who we were joining in Venice to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. So, having now visited the city I realise how much it genuinely represents certain aspects of Venetian cookery, especially Ciccetti, the snack food available everywhere in the city. I also have my own copy and have used the recipes which work and are easy to follow. And what’s more, I’ve eaten in the restaurant in Soho several times: I unashamedly confess to being a Polpo fan…!

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