Manicomio Chelsea


Celebrating 20 Years

This September, Manicomio celebrates its 20th anniversary. Whilst there are plenty of celebrations to come, we caught up with founder, Ninai on her favourite Manicomio memories and why she loves Chelsea.

Congratulations on celebrating 20 years of Manicomio Chelsea! Looking back, do you have a favourite memory?

The memories really are all about our customers! In particular, we’ve had the opportunity to have welcomed royalty, James Bonds, Hollywood stars, as well as sporting and TV personalities – all under the radar!

What achievement in your career are you most proud of?

It really is having built my artisan Italian food import business, Machiavelli in 1997 and I am so proud that through really following my passions, I then opened Manicomio, the first of my three restaurants. And here we are today!

What do you love most about your work?

I am so passionate about food quality. Being ethical and of UK source is so important and I work closely with my Executive and Head Chefs to ensure this is representative on our menus.

Manicomio is set within the heart of Duke of York Square, but what makes Chelsea so special to you?

Chelsea really delivers on so many aspects. Firstly in its quality and its elegance, but most importantly it evolves with the times, something which I hope resonates at Manicomio – we’re always looking forward to improve and update.

Seasonality is at the very heart of your kitchen, but where else do you source inspiration for Manicomio?

Sustainability is my biggest drive these days, with my passions radically driven towards sourcing produce locally, reducing waste and eradicating plastic.

Do you have dessert island dish?

Without hesitation – Native Lobster Linguine, with tomato chilli and basil. Yum.

What is the most important piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Rowley Leigh always advised: “Make sure its quality – at whatever cost!”. It has paid off for me and him!

Tell us about your Chelsea – where do you like to eat, drink and shop?

I just love The Cadogan Arms, Ottolenghi and the Chelsea Arts Club – and am partial to a visit to the London Cheesemongers on Pavilion Road. Otherwise, you can find me at Soho Home or in Joseph!

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