Relatively new restaurant, A Mano, is a huge hit to say the least. Located in Hayes Valley, definitely a foodie and yuppy centric area, you can surely find a line outside right at 5:30 to eat here. I mean, that is a good sign already. Know that A Mano does not accept reservations, but if you come early you should be seated right away, and if you come later, the wait shouldn’t be too bad. But safe to say right off the bat, this place is pretty awesome.
Right when you walk in there is this amazing bar to your left. I mean look how cool this is! This place is definitely very hip and very millennial centric. However it attracts all ages as to my left was a mother and her young son, and to my right were two older ladies getting a bite to eat while they catched up. Safe to say, I love the ambiance.
Now let’s get to the food!
Ok, so if all those pictures didn’t convince you I don’t know what will! And don’t worry, there are more yummy pics. But first, a little bit about A Mano and their food. A Mano specializes in pastas. The head chef came from Flour + Water, which for readers who don’t live in the Bay Area, it is a very well regarded and amazing restaurant that specializes in different types of pastas. In addition to their list of pastas, A Mano also has daily specials. They range from fried chicken to short ribs and more! Each day it changes. You can go on their website to see the full menu and daily specials. Also, all pasta is freshly made in house.
I ordered two pastas, a salad, and the special. The red pasta was the bucatini all’ amatriciana with tomato, pancetta, and pecorino. It was absolutely to die for. What a delicious take on a classic red sauce pasta. It had a little bit of heat to it which was nice, but it wasn’t over powering at all! The other pasta was their tagliatelle with pesto, haricot verts, green beans, and pine nuts. I absolutely loved this one as well. It was on the lighter side, yet still filling. The pesto tasted fresh and delicious, and I loved the addition of the green beans that were al dente.
If you are going to order a salad I recommend the gem lettuce with anchovies, ricotta, fennel, and more. Much to my surprise, it was not just any other salad, but I was actually grabbing for it as much as I was grabbing for the pastas.
And of course lastly was the Wednesday night special: the fried chicken.This wasn’t just any fried chicken, though. Unlike your normal southern fried chicken, this had a little spice to it. It didn’t seem too traditional with the way it was seasoned, and it was also served with lemon. Safe to say, it was better to me than a typical buttermilk fried chicken, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The short rib is also another amazing special. Side note, for dessert the panna cotta with fresh strawberries is fire!!!!
So there! The verdict is in, and A Mano is a place you just can’t miss. From its location, to its ambiance, to the food, all in all it was a very delicious and fulfilling experience and I can’t wait to go back!!! Here are more insanely mouth watering pics!!!!
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