The first Polpo opened on Beak Street in September 2009. It is a lovely and remarkable coincidence that the building was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto. There is a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate this. Polpo Covent Garden opened on Maiden Lane in June 2011, Polpo Smithfield opened on Cowcross Street in August 2012 and Polpo Notting Hill opened on Notting Hill Gate in June 2014.
Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines.