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A Mano’s Sleek Space Sets the Stage for a Modern Italian Menu

Handmade pastas, pizzas, and Italian wines await

A Mano, the newest venture from restaurateur Adriano Paganini and his team at Back of the Housen Restaurant Group (Super Duper, Belga, Beretta), is now open in Hayes Valley with a menu of pizzas and pastas. It joins the bustling restaurant scene in the neighborhood, which ranges from fast casual Souvla, to tasting menu-only Nightbird.

Headed up by chef Freedom Rains (Belga), the full-service spot is bringing a sleek, laid-back option to the neighborhood. Designer Hannah Collins (Barzotto, Media Noche) has created a modern representation of an Italian-inspired restaurant, with a large communal table and bar with bright splashes of red, green, and white (representing the colors of the Italian flag) throughout.

A Mano’s arancini
A Mano’s arancini
Patricia Chang

The menu is filled with pastas that are made each day by hand (in case not everyone is a language buff, a mano means “by hand” in Italian), with at least two pizzas on the menu, and a nightly non-pasta special. (Check out the work that went into developing this menu here.) Italian wines, cocktails with Italian liquors, and no reservations are all part of the stop-in-for-a-bite neighborhood vibe. And given the spacious interior, here’s hoping there won’t be (too) much of a wait.

Patricia Chang

A Mano is open seven days a week, from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m.- midnight on Friday and Saturday. Lunch and brunch will start in the coming months.

a Mano

450 Hayes Street, , CA 94102 (415) 506-7401 Visit Website

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