I had a great meal this week at a little BYOB gem in the Fairmount section of Philly. I first heard about this place on FYI Philly and decided to give it a try.
The restaurant itself is beautiful. The decor is simple with an open kitchen. There are lots of deep grays and reclaimed wood.
A Mano is the real deal people! All you can eat Olive Garden garbage it isn’t. This is real Italian food, not the Italian-American junk you so often find in the USA. The appetizer and pasta portions are on the small side but you can order a “double” of the pasta portions for a larger meal if you like. The main dishes were large portions.
Fellow eater and I enjoyed the grilled octopus appetizer, tomato chitarra, lumachelle all’amatriciana, and the chicken milanese. Everything was terrific. I would definitely order all of these dishes again next time, though I’d like to try some of the others (I’m looking at you, calabrian seafood stew).
A Mano is located at 2244 Fairmount Avenue. Keep in mind it is BYOB and cash only. They have a really nice website at http://www.amanophilly.com. Happy eating!