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From spring to autumn, well-heeled locals in the know seem to book Manicomio’s solid alfresco tables overlooking the Duke of York Square shopping precinct, leaving the main dining room to late-comers. The extensive terrace, not to mention the numerous patio heaters, helps create the impression of being on holiday in Italy, just a stone’s throw from the manic King’s Road traffic.

The food stays firmly within the guiding principles of Italian cooking while also introducing some appealing and thoughtful innovations. Roasted beetroot ravioli are served with ricotta, marjoram and burnt butter. Grilled octopus salad comes with a garnish of panzanella, the classic Tuscan salad made from tomatoes and stale bread. A side dish of peas is mixed with samphire. Modern-style crediting of breeds and sources appears on the menu – something of a rarity in Italian restaurants. Prices are fairly high both here and at the branch in the City, but no higher than you would expect from a place in either area. Wines from the south of Italy and the islands are the most affordable option.

The café next door offers simpler fare for breakfast and lunch. 



Venue name: Manicomio
Address: 85 Duke of York Square
Opening hours: Deli Open 8am-7pm Mon-Fri; 10am-7pm Sat; 10am-6pm Sun. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square tube
Price: Main courses £16.50-£22.50.
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With great service and atmosphere, I was brought here by locals who are regulars and love the place. Food is authentic and overall good, but not mind blowing. I went for the gnocchi with italian sausage, which was nice and soft but a bit salty. Other diners seemed happy with the options too. Good place to pair with a good old day of art spotting at the next door Saatchi Gallery.  


I really like this restaurant. I have been here many times as a treat. The food is always really good and the service attentive. Wine list is amazing and great location.