Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo, the brains behind the highly acclaimed Soho restaurant Bocca di Lupo have launched new restaurant Vico and it is taking London by storm. Vico is perfectly situated in a large corner store at One Cambridge Circus, gateway to the popular Seven Dials; an ideal location for tourists and Londoners alike. Vico offers accessible and affordable Italian street food, alongside award-winning Gelupo gelato; House of Coco were invited along to sample the street delicacies. Chef and co-owner Jacob, oversees the menus and operation at Vico as executive chef. His enthusiasm and knowledge of Italian cooking stems from extended periods of time travelling around Italy and researching its regions and cuisine.
Italy is famous for many things; design, culture, history, beautiful people and the romantic ambience, but one of the greatest things about Italy is the delicious food. Italian food has a sense of comfort about it, especially street food and here at House of Coco we absolutely adore it. Forget gourmet restaurants, Italian street food is all about affordability, fast dining and exquisite flavours, something the Italians are no strangers to. Vico embodies all of these factors into the food it serves, making this a must dine spot in London. Whether you are in need of a social lunch, business meeting spot or a quick sharp dinner, Vico has you covered.
The spacious interior evokes an Italian piazza. Windows wrap around the vast space to bring the outdoors undercover with stone step seating flanking the outskirts of the room and freestanding counters to rest food and carafes of wine. Carnival festoon lighting sweeps across the room and the walls are decorated with posters by Jacob’s mother, renowned artist Haidee Becker.
The restaurant has no table service and captures the casual ‘eat on the street’ vibe that is so endearing; pizza by the slice, a myriad of polpette and arancini (the lasagne balls are to die for), fried tidbits of Mediterranean seafood and oodles of torte salate. We live in a very fast paced society, especially within London, so the concept of order and go is now no longer reserved for fast food chains. Food is cooked in small quantities and picked by the clientele almost as soon as it’s lifted from the fryers and ovens. An array of colourful options are on display at the counter for you to select. Pop in and try the lunchtime meal deal for a tasty burst of flavour, a variety of options and all at a fabulous price. The chefs cook at whim using seasonal produce from Italy & Britain. This experimental free reign in the kitchen allows customers to drop in on a regular basis and be presented at the counter with a myriad of new and exciting options.
At the front of the building, a large Gelupo counter mirrors the offering at Archer Street, with on-site production, and all but a couple of the flavours made 100% fresh, every day. If iced desserts do not float your boat this winter then why not pick from the selection of cakes and fried desserts, alongside Gelupo’s speciality coffees (zabaione, nocciola, affogato).
Jacob Kenedy says “Vico is not a destination, it is a place en route. Somewhere to meet old friends and make new ones. To share a bite and a spritz or a carafe of wine, and then to share another. To come from work, before the theatre, before dinner, for dinner, after dinner, before drinks, en route home. It is a pleasant moment to pause along the hectic road we tread every day, to relax and to smile”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
One Cambridge Circus