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41 Beak St., London, England W1F 9SB, United Kingdom

"Entree envy" is never a problem at this lively Venetian-inspired bacaro, where frenzied foodies share a smorgasbord of scrumptious, affordable cicheti (Italian snacks) paired with lovely Italian wines. Housed in the 18th-century Soho residence of Venetian painter Canaletto, Polpo is a shabby-chic synthesis of exposed brick, hardwood floor and rustic wooden chairs, all swirled in warm lighting and trendy tunes. The buzz is heightened by a no booking policy, which results in long queues, but diners are willing to wait for wows like the potato parmesan crocchetta, cheesy pizzetta bianca, delicate mackerel tartare and, for dessert, the decadent tiramisu pot.

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Polpo

"Entree envy" is never a problem at this lively Venetian-inspired bacaro, where frenzied foodies share a smorgasbord of scrumptious, affordable cicheti (Italian snacks) paired with lovely Italian wines. Housed in the 18th-century Soho residence of Venetian painter Canaletto, Polpo is a shabby-chic synthesis of exposed brick, hardwood floor and rustic wooden chairs, all swirled in warm lighting and trendy tunes. The buzz is heightened by a no booking policy, which results in long queues, but diners are willing to wait for wows like the potato parmesan crocchetta, cheesy pizzetta bianca, delicate mackerel tartare and, for dessert, the decadent tiramisu pot.