Bare brick walls and ruby red leather furniture provides the perfect backdrop for a chic little Italian restaurant and deli called Manicomio. Manicomio tends to stick to its Italian 'cuicina' roots by serving fresh and innovative dishes in relation to the time of season.
This is the perfect little place to rest your weary feet after a shopping extravaganza on Kings Road. Fresh white painted walls and exposed brick work ensures that Manicomio is in harmony with its slick Chelsea surroundings.
As for the food, the menu is ideally suited to dinner with a stable menu of Italian favourites, like celeriac, artichokes, fennel and some wonderful cheeses. The lunch menu consists of the likes of lemon sole or antipasti salads which are equally as gorgeous. As for the drinks the wine list is predominantly Italian and hosts some pretty obscure and interesting additions that are worth a try.
Above: Dining Area @ Manicomio
But for me, the one aspect of Manicomio that really sets it apart from other Italian eateries is the fact that in the summer it’s possible to sit outside and relax in the sunshine. Another great facet of this unique restaurant is the fact that the inside of the restaurant could give Doctor Who’s Tardis a run for its money in terms of space efficiency. The interior includes the deli, a glass conservatory and a large dining area.
The staff, despite being constantly busy, are a delight and you never have to wait for your dinner or bill to come.
Top Tip: Make sure you check out the deli before you leave. The marinated octopus is surprisingly heavenly and the macaroons are delightful, especially with a nice frothy cappuccino.
85 Duke of York Square,
London, SW3 4LY