Il Cucciolo
Il Cucciolo

Il Cucciolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcucciolorestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7437 0302
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from Il Cucciolo
Il Cucciolo could win an award for cuteness with its two arched fairy light-filled windows either side of a small arched door just up the street from Technicolor Piccadilly Circus. Inside is as cosy as you’d expect; neatly dressed tables subtly illuminated by faux candle wall lamps. Patient, polite staff expertly serves a modest range of traditional Italian pasta, meat, vegetarian, rice and fish dishes. Carefully-prepared specials change daily alongside a very good value set menu!
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Il Cucciolo reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since 26 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.8
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (34)outstanding value (10)special occasions (8)group bookings (6)child friendly (5)fit for foodies (4)romance (4)business meals (4)good vegetarian options (4)sunday lunch (2)brunch (1)Show More
  • A great evening
    aw564
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Piccadilly doesn't have much in the way of restaurants that aren't either i) chains or ii) really, really expensive. Il Cucciolo, a family-owned Italian restaurant on Denham Street, was one of the few options I could find when looking for somewhere to eat having spent the afternoon at the Royal Academy. The space is not roomy, and the tables are tightly arranged, though not packed - there was elbow room. The food was cheaply-priced, well-prepared and tasty. The service was good. Overall, this is one of the few places left of its kind in the area, and one can see why it's still there - though it may not be worthy of michelin stars etc etc, it knows its function and purpose and performs it admirably. 2 courses plus wine/beer = £65 between 3.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Bustling restaurant
    NormskiVIP
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    We visited on a Friday and would not have got a table without booking. The choices were good and we enjoyed most of the food, but I have to say that they were heavy-handed with the salt. Our starters were fine, but for three of our four mains, the pizza margherita, the mushroom risotto and the ravioli bolognese were all too heavily salted. Service was a bit hit and miss - after being seated, it took a good 15 minutes to get someone to take an order for wine and water.
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre
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  • Pre-Theatre meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Very nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere and good value.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively and cheerful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I was glad I'd booked as the restaurant rapidly filled up! The place was jumping but the waiters managed to get through to everyone and deal with all the requests in a short space of time. Atmosphere was like a noisy Trattoria and there was a general feeling of good humour.
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  • Great pre-theatre meal
    MissHews
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Really great people and the food was very tasty. Would definitely go here again and was ideal to go to the Piccadilly Theatre afterwards.
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  • busy restaurantgood pre theatre
    theatregoer
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    an enjoyable experience on the whole with excellent food and quick service without feeling rushed or wanting the table despite people obviously waiting. I know someone has to sit there, but about the only table available was right by the door which was constantly opening and closing and people queuing right next to our table. However the busy atmosphere was good and it is always better to dine somewhere with a buzz. The food was excellent, particulary the avocado starters but I was disappointed with a very meagre portion of snails and virtually nothing else on the plate! I also felt that to put 12% service rate straight onto the bill without any mention or permission was excessive.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Ok but not amazing
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    I feel my scores seem a little low but while it was 'good' it wasn't anything that was particularly special. I would go again if I needed a reasonably priced Italian in the area but wouldn't go out of my way to return. The staff were nice enough and I enjoyed my meal so have no complaints...
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  • Thriller dinner!
    LuvrestsVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This Restaurant is just along the road from the "Thriller Live" show at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. So nice Italian food was the perfect end to the evening. Excellent location for post theatre. We both had the Saltimbocca alla Roman - and it was delicious. This was the first time at this restaurant and I look forward to coming again.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, rapid service
    Kerpowdee
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We went to this restaurant for a pre theatre meal. It's ideal for that, they had us in and out with three courses in 45 minutes. The food is good authentic Italian and there is a very good value set menu. Downsides are that you do feel slightly rushed and also the proximity of your fellow diners. Tables are pulled away from the wall, you're squeezed in and then the table is moved back and you have little more than elbow room between the next door table. I would still recommend for the value and speed of service, but not one for a romantic meal for two, highchairs or wheelchairs.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family run Italian Restaurant
    ATTY
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    My Wife and I booked a meal here because it was very close to the theatre and we love good Italian food. We were so pleased to find authentic, reasonable priced Italian dishes, a lovely dining atmosphere and a charming host. This was the perfect place to eat before heading off to the theatre to see Jersey Boys. Highly recommend it.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • classic italian cuisine
    garlicfiend
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Previous reviews said classic 'old fashioned' Italian cuisine and knew this is what I was looking for. Stuck in the 1980's maybe -oh yeah bring it on. I for one am sick to the back teeth of 'modern' italian restuarants where they can just about make a pizza or a plate of pasta. Same old,same old wherever you go and we can all boil up a bit of pasta and chuck some sauce on it can't we. I want the real old garlic laced food and good service. We got just what we wanted-menu a little limited but hey I would rather have a few dishes excellently cooked than many poorly done ones.Only gripe was the dessert menu-I had home made tiramisu which was lovely but virtually everything else was bought in ice creams in a coconut shell etc etc-boring.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    good honest italian food--nicely served--very pleasant staff---reasonably priced---well situated for the teatres
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  • Lovely dinner!
    chlindomesweden
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    Went there with my family and I must say that it was a lovely dinner! Good food and wine! And a great service! We can really recommend it!
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Lunchtime Experience
    Rob1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Took our granddaughters there for lunch prior to visit to theatre. Good experience enjoyed by all although there was a problem paying by credit card as there was no signal to complete transaction. As we were short of time had to raid the family purse and pay with cash which was not very convenient. Luckily we had enough cash otherwise we could have had a major problem.
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian.
    Denny
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We went here before visiting the Piccadilly theatre which is literally next door. Small family run restaurant, full at 6pm on a Saturday. Good old-fashioned food which was simple but so tasty. I would definitely recommend to friends.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre theatre lunch
    yummymummy
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    love this place, staff very friendly, food was yummy, full of italian diners which speaks volumes. can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal pre-theatre
    PaulaH
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    We dined at Il Cucciolo before the theatre. It's a very traditional set up, some might say styled on dining out in the 90s. Food was basic and tasty.
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  • We arrived late, but the restaurant
    taminlondon
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    We arrived late, but the restaurant had saved our table and made sure we had our food before rushing to the theatre. Food was flavourful and arrived in time. Much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • A 'must' for theatre goers
    doctorsorders
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    I thought it was a great pre-theatre restaurant, being only a short saunter round the corner to Shaftsbury Avenue. It's also clearly popular as it remained busy from our early arrival time of 5.30pm till we left for our theatre visit. We thought the food was delicious and offered good value for money. The service was also quick and attentive. We'll definitely return and I recommend it to others.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely worth considering
    loveitaly
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    my wife & I booked for a pre-theatre dinner - just as well as it was packed! Despite that, the service was friendly and efficient and what you'd expect from a typical family-run restaurant in Italy. The selection on the menu was good but we went for the 2-course set meal which was good value and quality. We booked for 5.30 and had a relaxed meal leaving at 7.15. We were not rushed at all and we'd certainly recommend Il Cucciolo for good food and wine at a reasonable price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy about service charge.
    Vivsy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fast turnover for first and second courses which were attractively presented and tasty. Busy restaurant which may explain lack of service later as no one came to offer pudding or coffee! Disappointed when bill presented to see a service charge added for about 12% considering there were only three in our party. I would like to see this removed as tipping should be at the discretion of the guests!
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  • Excellent as usual
    Jones
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Yet again we had a fabulous meal at this Restaurant. The food the service and the atmosphere were brilliant. Definitely keep going back!!
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  • Excellent pre-theatre restaurant
    PaulG
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Situated next to the Piccadilly Theatre this was an ideal place to go before a show. The service was quick and very friendly and the set menu decent value for theatreland. A few more veggie options would have been nice, but in a range of 3 options it was nice to see one. If we were in the area we'd certainly go back.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LITTLE GEM OF A PLACE!!
    Rubster
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    This place is fantastic! The food is delicious and very good value for money. The staff are polite,friendly and the service is excellent. Ideal to go after a show, fantastic!!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for Piccadilly theatre
    Jane
    Dined on 22/1/2014
    This super family run Italian restaurant has a lovely ambiance with good value food served efficiently and with great charm. Being almost immediately next door to the Piccadilly Theatre it is an ideal venue for a pre-theatre meal and I would highly recommend it. Good value, probably best to book !
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  • didn't disappoint
    Bev1903
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Visited this restaurant many times a few years ago. Booked last weekend to eat with friends visiting from overseas. Was a very nice dinner and our friends loved it!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since 26 November 2013
    • Average Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambience4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Value4
  • The following 140 reviews are from the Il Cucciolo reviews archive.
  • Green minestrone soup! Waiter
    TonyandJacky
    Dined on 22/11/2013
    Green minestrone soup! Waiter almost throw cutlery on our table.
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  • Pre theatre
    Party
    Dined on 22/10/2013
    Wanted an Italian restaurant close to the Piccadilly Theatre. Didn't realise how close we were. Arrived later than booked. Thought might have lost booking but no problem. We were welcomed & served quickly. Liked that we could check menu beforehand. All enjoyed their meals &was good value.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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  • Cute place
    yumyum
    Dined on 17/10/2013
    It is a very cute and traditional looking restaurant run by an Italian family. Unfortunately they have changed to offer a very English/Italian menu without the traditional freshness of Italian food. However, for a quick pre-theatre meal they offer good value and fast service with a smile.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Average fair
    Niall
    Dined on 27/9/2013
    Judging by the previous reviews I was expecting much better. This is quick Italian food catering to the people who pay overpriced tickets, mostly tourists, to watch the theatre next door. The food was luke warm, the cutlery thrown onto the table and the only saving grace was the coffee.
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  • Italian family
    neil
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Il Cucciolo is well established and well known. It is a reliable and 'classic' family Italian restaurant right in the centre of the West End. It is unpretentious with reliable good Italian fare and without inflated prices. We went at 6pm as a pre-theatre (7.30) meal: all very straightforward and without feeling rushed. Neil
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Julie
    Dined on 15/8/2013
    Friendly and traditional Italian. Dined here on Thursday night and chose the pre-theatre menu. Sardines and avocado salad were both very good. The penne looked a bit overcooked but was OK. My trout was dry and tasteless. We both had the crème caramels, which were billed as homemade. These were very solid and quite poor. Overall I wouldn't go back as I feel that there are other places around which are better value for money.
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  • Lovely Little Italian
    GForceVIP
    Dined on 29/7/2013
    I took my team here for lunch one Monday lunch time and despite the view from outside which looks uninspiring, it was lovely traditional Italian food at a good price. We were a table of 7 and quite noisy but the rest of the restaurant was empty lunchtime. Food very authentic and very fresh. Service fine. Just lacks a bit of atmosphere but good if you provide your own group and buzz.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Great pre theatre dining
    Sarahthemag
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Il Cucciolo is a traditional 'old style' Italian restaurant. We had intended to have the 2 course set menu (£12.95) before going to the theatre but the a la carte menu was so reasonable we chose from that in the end as we wanted a wider range of dishes. The service was quick and the food delicious. We would definitely go there again.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Quiet itialian
    silvergem
    Dined on 17/6/2013
    We went after the theatre rush, so it was very quiet. Seems local Italian families rate it, which is always a good sign. Food arrived promptly and hot, service was quick but not intrusive.
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    romance, pre/post theatre
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  • This is NOT Mexican food.
    Dissatisfied
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    The nachos, although advertised as containing beef, had nothing more than a cheap CANNED chili poured over them & only a couple of tablespoons at that! This was the poorest excuse for a Mexican restaurant I have ever seen, & the worst food experience we encountered in our 22-day holiday.
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  • We booked an early table as
    Silvalady
    Dined on 18/5/2013
    We booked an early table as we had a show to see. The service was attentive, though not too in your face, and the waittresses and waitors were very friendly and helpful. We were able to have a nice relaxing meal without feeling rushed. The food was delicious, fresh and well presented. I noticed that there were quite a few Italians dining which was encouraging but there was also large groups/families and they received the same attentive care as our table for 2. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Altogether the experience was excellent and we would defintely go again
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    special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good "family" Italian
    Helen
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Good location for theatres, reasonably standard italian trattoria menu with some twists. Friendly service.
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  • A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!
    AEG1
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Had dinner here on Fri night. It was nice and busy and bustling. Greeted by Italian owner at the door. The food was outstanding - proper Italian where you only need a few ingredients and your meal is incredibly tasty. I will definitely go back here. I want to go through the whole menu! It seems very popular - as if the secret has got out!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Cucciolo Is Excellent
    Willoughby
    Dined on 28/2/2013
    Purely by chance my wife and I ended up at Il Cucciolo prior to attending a theatre show after being unable to get a table at our first choice restaurant. This proved to be good fortune on our part since we discovered a wonderful traditional Italian family restaurant where food is freshly prepared and served piping hot in generous portions. The service is first class - friendly and prompt without making you feel rushed. All the best Italian dishes are available on the menu with a home-cooked element to make them a little more unique to the restaurant and the wine list includes numerous reasonably priced good quality choices. We will definitely be returning.
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    romance, special occasions, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.