A Mano or “By Hand” is a trendy Italian restaurant located in Hayes Valley that is known for their heavenly handmade pastas and other flavorful dishes that won’t break the bank. Packed with my pocket-sized notebook and the thrill of Saturday night I was ready to check this place out. Not making reservations made me a little concerned about getting a table, but after a few minutes of waiting we were whisked to outdoor seating. Even though we didn’t get to droll over the Instagram-worthy decor, the outdoor heating kept us warm on that brisk night. Starting the dinner off with one of their feisty cocktails, I was feeling good and was pumped to enjoy some Italian food. Looking through the menu it was pretty tough making a decision, everything looked so damn good! We decided to start with the cauliflower, the healthy calm before the pasta storm. Perfectly crisp with lemon and chili drizzled in, this was no mere vegetable side but a star on its own. Eating it faster than it could cool down, I can firmly say this is the best cauliflower dish I’ve ever had.
Then came the pasta. Oh my goodness this pasta<3I went with the Pesto Tagliatelle pasta and Mike ordered the Bucatini all’ Amatriciana. This place was not stingy with their fresh ingredients (do you see the amount of pinenuts on this?!). The combination of rich sauce, sharp cheese, and delicate pasta created a plate that has my mouth watering as I write this.
After that amazing culinary experience A Mano has shot up to one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Its a neighborhood gem that will satisfy your pasta cravings 😀