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Known for its down-home atmosphere and unthreatening Italian food, Frantoio has been ploughing its furrow on the World’s End stretch of King’s Road for years, but still manages to pull in a motley crew of Chelsea senior citizens, footie fans and families – even though it’s starting to look a tad provincial and “shabby”. Most locals value the place for its quaint, quirky charms, competitive prices and honest trattoria grub – from grilled baby squid or beef carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan to spinach and Ricotta ravioli, veal milanese or grilled halibut with olive oil and lemon. On a summer’s day, with the windows flung open, it can feel like being in Italy. The wine list is packed with Chiantis and other potable goodies from the homeland, while set menus are very popular at lunchtime.