A Mano - Trendy Without Trying Too Hard

Last night I tried the new hip "modern Italian" spot in my 2nd favorite neighborhood in San Francisco (Dogpatch being #1), Hayes Valley. From "Back of the House" restaurant group (Super Duper, Belga, Beretta) you'll find A Mano. We showed up at about 6:15pm and the place was buzzing, but we didn't have to wait for a spot as they have long communal tables that seat quite a few people. The waitstaff was super friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be working there. The place is gorgeous - light, airy and colorful. Completely different vibe from Beretta , even if the Pizza is reminiscent. 

 Beautiful backlit bar at A Mano.

Beautiful backlit bar at A Mano.

A small detail I noticed about the place is they really went all out on their glassware and cutlery. The stemless wine glass that my Rosé was served in was pretty unique. I am a huge fan of stemless, so these are a must have! 

On to the food! 

My Menu

Insalata - Gem lettuce, fennel, radish, anchovy, ricotta salata, capers

Fava Bean - Tempura fava bean with aioli 

Pizza - Margherita, tomato, fior di latte, basil

Pasta - Campanelle, wild broccoli, garlic, chili, nicoise olives, freshly grated parmesan.

The salad was seriously delicious. Super light, salty, crunchy, tangy with crazy fresh lettuce and radish. I could eat it daily. The Pizza, incredibly simple just the way a good margherita should be. Perfect sauce to cheese ratio. Lastly, the pasta! I can't say I have had this shape before (and I have had a lot of pasta) but the name of the curled up little pieces is called is "Campanelle."  The management team told me their title comes from it's "bell" looking like shape, bell in Italian is campana hence campanelle. The texture of the pasta was super fun, and the flavors on point! Don't plan on kissing anyone after though, as the cooks are generous with the garlic (shavings). 

Overall, great place for any sort of occasion wether it be date night, a friends dinner or family time. Enjoy!