A Mano Italian Kitchen, in Salem, serves delectable Italian dishes crafted, as the name suggests, completely by hand, in its friendly and relaxing eatery. The deep-fried chickpea fritters served with date compote and the Trumpet Royale marinated mushrooms with sea salt and olive oil are appetizer sure to awaken your taste buds. Some of A Mano Italian Kitchen's specialty entrées include the chicken under a brick with fennel and broccoli rabe, the grilled swordfish with salsa verde and the braised beef short ribs with aged balsamic vinaigrette served over polenta.
Hand-made pastas reign supreme at A Mano Italian Kitchen, with sensational selections including the potato gnocchi with wild boar and rosemary ragu, the whole wheat taglierini intergrale with roasted cauliflower, raisins and pine nuts and the spaghetti all'amatriciana with house cured guanciale and crushed red pepper, all of which are perfect with a glass of house wine.
Never sure which is better: the food or the service! Luckily, we never have to choose. A Mano is our favorite date-night restaurant.
A Mano's authentic Italian food is flavorful, without being salty or greasy. The name change has not effected the quality of the food, which is made by the same chef, and continues to be consistently excellent. I've been coming here for years, whenever I come to Salem. I highly recommend this place.
Their house made pasta is well worth the hour drive from my home. My favorite is the tagliatelle alla bolognese, a meat sauce over delicate pasta.
The mussels appetizer is amazing! It's well prepared, and contains no grit, or pearls. It has fresh tomato sauce with fennel seeds that enhance the dish, without over whelming it.
The tiramisu is light, airy, and indulgent, without being overly sweet.
The service staff is friendly, and the modern rustic decor is a welcome change from the stereotypical Italian American restraunt. So eat here, because it's one of the best restaurants in Massachusetts.
Chef does really authentic Italian food, wait staff is very knowledgeable. This place is authentic !
This used to be an upscale restaurant with great, creative cuisine. Now it has remade itself, apparently to be seen as less high-end/expensive. The menu is pretty limited, a few fancy pizzas, a few pastas and a few entrees. But they are very well-prepared and creative. Just not a lot of choice. Fortunately they still have my favorite dish from their earlier incarnation: garganelli, a delicious homemade pasta dish with duck, dried cherries and pine nuts.
The server was not very attentive, didn't even tell us the specials or apologize when we mentioned that - after getting our meal - when we overheard another server describing them.
My favorite restaurant in the North Shore of Boston used to be 62. When I heard that the 62 management opened up A Mano at the same location I wanted to try it. My expectations were high and they were not met. Everything was OK, but NOT at the level of 62. One of 62's specialties was Raviolo al Ouvo. I was excited to see that this item was on the web menu and I was touting how good it was to my friends that had never been to 62. When we arrived at the restaurant the waitress told us that the web menu was not updated and this dish was not available. There was nothing that we ordered that even came close to the delectable food we always had at 62. Sorry A Mano you missed the mark with me!
Menu very limited, internet menu for restaurant not up to date
The restaurant has very little ambience. The food was good. The service was terrible. It took over 1/2 hour to get our appetizers. One was a cold app--and the hot appetizer came out cold. My husband's drink was only served after we asked where it was.
We love this restaurant and come here often, but it's small and when there are large noisy groups it's hard to have a conversation, as happened to us on Saturday night.
Excellent food,service, wine & ambience. Can not ask any more.
Pros....The appetizer special was wonderful. The drink was perfect. The toffee pudding was unbelievable. The service was warm anD friendly.
Cons..... gnocchi was over cooked. The sauces were under seasoned. No parmigiano at the table.
We loved this place when it was "62" and it's still great. Food was delicious and service was spectacular. Creative cocktail list--choose your spirit and there was a cool cocktail to try. Good sized portions, in fact, we took half our entrees home. Highly recommend!
This was our first visit to A Mano, but not the first visit to this restaurant, which was previously 62 Wharf. Same head chef for both. Current incarnation is truly excellent. Wonderfully prepared eclectic mix of Italian food - not your basic red sauce place; rather it is a truly gourmet find. They also happen to make really good appetizer-size pizza's. We had the mussels and Eggplant in Agrodolce as appetizers (both were excellent) and a wild mushroom pizza and the Garganelli which are hand-rolled pasta accompanied by braised duck, dried cherries, pinenuts and tuscan kale - superb! One of our dinner guests had the Bolognese - huge portion and very good. Deserts were very good (we had a cake in a caramel/toffee sauce that was fabulous that the server recommended. Service was excellent. Cocktails were also very good. I highly reccomend A Mano...and we will be back soon.
We took my uncle for Father's Day and had a wonderful evening. The food was excellent. The wine was excellent. We ordered a second bottle. The waitress was very patient. She explained the history of the restaurant and all about the food. She was very knowledgeable. Over all fabulous evening. The best swordfish I have ever had. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered.
Just had an awesome date night at A Mano!
The ambiance was relaxing, the service was great and the food was fantastic; we had the beet salad, shrimp and avocado salad and arancini to start – all very good – and one of the best tagliatelle bolognese dishes that either of us have ever had.
Everything was great. The house salad was very fresh with an interesting combination of sweetness and vinagerette. The garganelli is a unique and delicious entree which is very hard to beat. The home made pasta is cooked to perfection al dente. My only criticism is that the pasta prices shown on the menu are for half orders. That is not clear so that if you order a full portion you are surprised when you get the check and see double the price. Either the menu should be clarified or the server should point it out when the order is placed. If this problem could be corrected then I would have no negative comments. Will definitely return.