Manicomio City

Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Housed within a clean, boxy Norman Foster design, Manicomio’s City offer is a popular double-decker: the combination of an easy-going café downstairs and more formal restaurant above works “very well”, with “super-friendly” service and a “low-key, buzzing atmosphere” throughout. Bar snacks such as carta di musica with lardo and honey signal the kitchen’s attention to detail, but it pays to explore the full menu. Pasta is a high point (perhaps Cornish red mullet tagliolini with squid ink, tomatoes, anchovy and chilli), bookended by seasonal antipasti and inventive mains such as hen pheasant bombetta with smoked mozzarella, Parma ham and chestnut. Pudding might be a deconstructed rum baba (“lovely”) or tiramisu parfait given a dark twist with liquorice meringue. There are bold flavours to be found and enjoyed – especially alongside the opportunity-rich selection of Italian wines.


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About Manicomio City

The City outpost of sophisticated Italian restaurant Manicomio first opened its doors back in 2008 and has been wowing the crowds ever since with its authentic Italian cuisine and impressive wine list.

Located inside a striking glass fronted Norman Foster building, set back from Cheapside and just moments from St Paul’s, Manicomio City is a shrewd choice for business folk looking to enjoy a long lunch, but also welcoming enough to serve as the backdrop for catch ups with friends or even a romantic date night. The dining room is a simple and elegant space, which benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while tables dressed with white tablecloths and smartly turned out staff add to the air of sophistication.

Manicomio City’s menu is an all-day affair, kicking off with breakfast. Early risers can stop by to tuck into the likes of Tuscan sausage with a fried egg muffin, or go down a more virtuous route with the likes of organic porridge drizzled with honey and topped with blueberries. You can wash down your morning meal with tea and coffee, or a glass of fresh fruit juice.

Later in the day, Manicomio City’s menu expands to encompass the traditional Italian format of antipasti, pasta, meat and fish dishes, sides and desserts. Work your way around the menu by tucking into the likes of fried pork meatballs with smoked Mozzarella and nduja ketchup, followed by rigatoni with tiger prawns and a classic chicken milanese. You can pad out your meal with side orders of zucchini fritti and mixed greens with chilli and garlic, before rounding things off with a sweet treat such as tiramisu or two scoops of your preferred gelato.

As for the drinks, expect to be enthralled by Manicomio City’s wide-ranging 220 wine list - cin cin!


Can you book Manicomio City?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Manicomio City serve breakfast?

Yes, breakfast is served Monday to Friday from 8-11am.

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Does Manicomio City offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

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6 Gutter Lane, City of London, London, EC2V 8AS

020 7726 5010


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm


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25 Reviews 

Paul L

26 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Inaudible edible

Nice food and drink but too noisy when busy. Hard to have a conversation

Martina P

09 July 2019  
Very good Food and amazing service.

Evelyn B

08 July 2019  
Excellent Italian style food with modern twist Warm and efficient service Rooms upstairs are elegant and pleasant.

Rita G

15 June 2018  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Great place
Good choice of food especially if you have meat eaters and vegans to consider. Client loved the restaurant. Only comment would be a tad expensive.

Angie P

21 March 2018  
Delicious delicious food - affordable, quick service and efficient, the food is brilliant and fills my belly every time!

Fiorella J

14 June 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fantastic lunch
Presentation of foods was excellent, food and drinks were served very quickly. Waiter were very professional and polite. Very good restaurnat for business lunch and for pleasure

Christina W

14 July 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Great Venue!
I wanted a restaurant in the heart of the City of London to meet up with our great friends for our annual lunch and catch-up. The reviews look good for Maniciomio & when we arrived we were all impressed with the location & buzzy atmosphere. The starters were tasty & the sharing antipasto board for two was the highlight of the meal, with a delicious selection of meats, fish & cheeses. I chose the sea bass for my main, which was delicious & beautifully presented. However, two of our party selected the chicken dish & found it to be a bit chewy in parts, which was disappointing. The desserts (ice cream, deconstructed Rum Baba & Panna Cotta) were all lovely & enjoyed by us all. The team were all very friendly & welcoming & nothing was too much trouble for them, which definitely added to the experience

Harriet C

31 May 2016  
Food is always really great, service is super friendly and the atmosphere is low key and buzzing.

Tammy K

19 February 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
great location
a popular choice for us; we use Manicomio a lot. Good service.

Samantha P

06 August 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
A good, enjoyable experience here. would recommend.
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