Russell Norman 'The Restaurant Man' opened Polpo, a critically acclaimed London restaurant in the height of the recession, to queues around the block.
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 bàcaro 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.

photography by Jenny Zarins, who captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bàcari and the sublime waterways of Venice,  POLPO  is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

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