Cobble Hill’s Bocca Lupo has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for its casual vibe and Italian small plates–especially sandwiches and other bites with bread. A panino with nutty cheese, tangy broccoli rabe, and moist, meaty sausage is an early standout, says dianasiri. Also great: bruschetta with a creamy topping of spinach and artichoke–“a perfect late-night summer snack.”

But this month-old place isn’t drawing crowds with bread alone. It’s also an enoteca, with an all-Italian list of around 50 wines, gently priced. “The wine list is comprehensive and reasonable, and the pours generous to the point of ridiculous,” adds dianasiri. The place is perfect for a casual evening with friends. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood–an unpretentious spot to linger, snack, and drink.

Beyond bruschette, panini, and tramezzini, the food wins mixed marks. Hounds praise seared baby lamb and roasted vegetables, but have also complained of soupy penne arrabbiata and tough roast pork shoulder. And some find the place just too pricey for the neighborhood.

Bocca Lupo is brought to you by the folks that own nearby juice joint Nectar.

Bocca Lupo [Cobble Hill]
391 Henry St., at Warren, Brooklyn

Nectar [Cobble Hill]
198 Court St., between Wyckoff and Congress, Brooklyn

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