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.
We saw A Mano on Phantom Gourmet and the food looked great, and it was great!! Homemade pasta. The pizza appetizer with cranberries, brussle sprouts was amazing. As well as the drinks. The staff were super friendly. We plan to go again !!
Had an excellent time here with the wife and child for our wedding anniversary. The pasta bolognese and the pork chop were excellent. For appertisers we had the crostini and mussels. The crostini was great. The wife and I were not a fan of the mussels. I would definitely come back when in Salem again.
We get to Salem a couple times a year and usually focus on seafood restaurants, but I saw a review for A Mano and love homemade pasta so we decided to give it a try. It was such a good choice! We shared the chickpea fritters with date compote, so tasty! My husband had the salmon (not quite ready to give up on seafood) and I had the Garganelli. Both were fantastic. We agreed we would come back, and would probably order the same things, unless there was a seafood dish with pasta available, in which case my husband would go for that.
Always a great meal! The homemade pasta is unbelievable!
The hanger steak felt rubbery almost like it was microwaved. I should have gone with the pasta but was trying for a more carb friendly meal. If I go back I will try something else. Apps and a slice of pizza split between friends were great! Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable.
Perfect meal - quality delicious food!!!
The food here was good, but the menu pricing was not the way a resteraunt should run its business. The menu posted a price for pasta dishes at a lowest price if you wanted a smaller plate but did not offer a price for the full entree. Very confusing. And the waiter did not explain the menu until we started ordering the up charge was substantial. Most places will post different pricing, they should also.
We will be going back often. Everything was excellent. his is a chef owned establishemnt, does a great job with all the details and it shows.
We were eager to visit Antonio Bettencourt's "new" restaurant, having loved his 62 Wharf eatery at the same address. He continues to create delicious imaginative offerings in an attractive, comfortable setting. The roasted beet appetizer was fabulous. The arugula salad had nice chunks of fresh parmesan cheese. Our fungi pizza was excellent, especially the incredibly light thin crust. We finished with his signature toffee pudding which is delectable! Eden was a terrific waitress; attentive without being intrusive.
yes everything was homemade, but also very under seasoned, prices are out of line for a suburban restaurant, much better homemade Pasta at Prides just a few miles away , no reason to go back, not that it was bad, just much better options in the North end or just down the street in Beverly.
We had the mussels and mushrooms for appetizers- so good ! The arugula salad ( my favorite salad ever) and then we all had pasta dishes cooked to perfection! A perfect meal all around!
We tried A Mano during Salem's spring restaurant week and loved it! Having lived in Salem for many years, I was sad when 62 Wharf closed but was pleasantly surprised to find that A Mano reopened with the same owner/chef (Chef Antonio Bettencourt) but with a new delicious but less pricey menu.
It was hard to choose from the great entree selections but since a great bolognese is so hard to find, we both decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW! The portion was perfect, not too large but not skimpy either. The bolognese was a perfect flavor balance and was served with homemade tagliatelle. I could have easily eaten the whole meal, despite the apps and desserts we ordered but decided to eat half and enjoy again the next day. Later, our very pleasant waitress told us that they sell the bolognese sauce and tagliatelle for take out - I'm in heaven!
That evening we also ordered the meatballs and roasted beets for appetizers and the warm toffee pudding for dessert. Everything was outstanding. Highly recommend A Mano; it is my new favorite place!
Everything is good. Nothing is special.
Our table location was the first table when you walk in the room so that was a unfortunate. The antipasti ( or what I would call appetizers) were yummy - loved the Brussels sprouts and the arrancio(?)-deep fried couscous???. The salads were ok. And the pasta entree was nothing special which was surprising since this is an Italian restaurant with homemade pasta. So all in all a fine restaurant, but nothing special.
We have been here many times when it was 62 on the Wharf.
The menu is still the same with very creative italian cooking.
Chef Bettencourt is truly a professional.
Our waitress Marina was also excellent.
Great staff, great food and wonderful service. Great place for a first date!!
Started out with drinks, the whiskey bergamot cocktail was fantastic! Meatballs had great texture and flavor, serving them over polenta was a nice touch. Chickpea fritters and Brussels were good too. 2 mid course pastas, menu garganelli with duck, and special ricotta gnocchi with lamb were both delicious. ended with shortribs and polenta which were cooked perfectly and the special pizza. service was mostly attentive without being obtrusive. dont really recall hearing any music. would come back again soon if it wasn't an hour drive
Third time at A Mano since restaurant changed name and all three times have been different. This last time wasn't as good as the time my Husband and I dined there a month prior. Prior, we had excellent food and service - this time we double dated with another couple and all 4 of us thought the service was sub-par. The food was good but not great. We sent back our crostini appetizer which took too long to come out and when it finally did - completely inedible unless you like burnt bread. Water was spilled and not a good job in cleaning the table area. Had to stop Servers multiple times and Asst. Servers for pepper, cheese, etc., - everything was an ordeal. In addition, noise level was very loud and we couldn't even hear sitting across the table. It was impossible to carry on a conversation. I will probably go back to the restaurant at a later date but would keep it to a week day, not a Saturday evening.
A gem in the heart of Salem! Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta, wicked delicious!
IMO this restaurant had better food when it was 62. Drinks were great as was dessert. Apps and entrees could have been better. Server we had was very sincere and attentive. Wine list was scaled down significantly since our last visit but we love the new tables and decor. I would return for drinks and dessert for sure.
Oddly, A Mano was recently reviewed in the 'Cheap Eats' column of the Boston Globe. Prices were reasonable but you could hardly call it a 'cheap' dinner. Our server, Marina, was terrific! She new the menu and could make recommendations, with enthusiasm. We started with drinks and an app, the house meatballs, which were excellent. Beer list is very limited, so we went with cocktails and wine. We did not get bread for the table until after the appetizer was served and when we did the bread was disappointingly cold. Refrigerator cold. Small detail, but warm bread is better! Caesar salad was very good. House made pasta seemed the way to go and the fresh spaghetti all' amatriciana did not disappoint, perfectly flavored and delicious. Butternut squash ravioli, on the other had, was overly sweet and cloying. We could not finish the entrée sized portion. The raviolis had an odd brown color, maybe from too much brown butter. We might try these again, in a first-course portion. House made gelato was a nice finish. This was our second visit, better than the first. Third time will be the charm, we know it!
Amano, like its predecessor 62 Wharf, makes lovely pasta dishes. The rest of the menu is so-so. And the new décor is quite dreary, with seats verging on the uncomfortable. We had arancini appetizers and meat entrees. Midway through we felt like we had ingested a pound of salt and were completely bloated the entire evening, despite leaving half our meals. In fact the only flavor the entrees had was salt. We will not be returning. The service was very good and attentive. If you go, stick with the pasta dishes.
Lasagna was rich but not heavy. Décor is rustic/elegant. Service was friendly but sophisticated. Wines are well priced. Would just like to see more Italian wines on the list given the food. Thank you for no longer over-chilling the red wines!
I loved the ambiance of this restaurant. Their food was delicious and the service was great. Definitely recommend!
Amano is in the same location as the previous 62 on Wharf (same owner too?). Decent bar scene, but a very uneven dining room set-up. The first room is well-lit, romantic, warm and comfortable; the second room anything but. In the second room, the walls are totally bare, the lighting poor, and the heating uneven (one minute you sweat, the next you freeze). It's about as romantic as a garage. DON'T sit in that room! The service, however, was very good, and the food moderately good. It's just that the ambiance (which was high on our list that Valentine's night) was awful. I miss the old 62 on Wharf, where that second room had some charm and comfort. Probably won't return there again ...