a Mano

The Pasta Palace from the People Behind Delarosa, Lolinda and Belga Is Finally Here

Welcome to Hayes Valley, a Mano

By Joe Starkey ·
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“a Mano” is Italian for, “by hand.”

It’s also the name of the now-open Hayes Valley restaurant making all of its pastas in exactly that manner, helmed by a chef whose resume boasts establishments like Incanto, Flour + Water and Belga.

That second part felt more interesting.

So go on, take a look around. Then, simply walk through the front door with a date and give your name to the host (this seems like a good time to bring up the fact that they don’t take reservations). Slide over to the bar while you wait for your table.

While the optical illusion flooring works its dizzying charm, you’ll have a Godfather with bourbon, scotch and almond bitters. They’ll have a Sirena with Aperol, vodka, grapefruit and Calabrian chili. Or, you know, whatever they want to have.

A few minutes later at your table, choose from seven hand-crafted pastas like spaghettini with clams, chili and pangrattato. Or maybe opt for a seasonal pizza with asparagus, spring onion, lemon and caciocavallo, a sharp cheese whose name translates to “cheese on horseback.”

Someone give the cheese-naming guy a raise.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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a Mano
450 Hayes St
(between Octavia and Gough)
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-506-7401
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