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A Mano Kitchen & Bar

Delicious cuisine served in a cozy and inviting atmosphere is just one way to describe A Mano Kitchen & Bar. Whether you stop in for a fantastic lunch during your busy day for hand crafted cocktails and a wood fired pizza with friends, or a romantic date night sharing new culinary experiences you are bound to have a great time at A Mano. They are located in the Icon Tower at 344 S. Warren St. in the heart of Downtown Syracuse. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, on Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm and they are closed Sunday and Monday.

Breads, cheeses, meatballs, all before dinner!

A mano means “by hand.” This phrase is simple and yet so elegant. This name is the embodiment of everything you will find at A Mano Kitchen & Bar because as you might have guessed everything is made by hand. From the freshly made pasta to the hand tossed pizzas, right down to the citrus and fennel butter. At A Mano Kitchen & Bar they pride themselves on utilizing the finest, freshest, and often locally sourced ingredients which helps them provide an unforgettable culinary experience. They have also adopted a fitting description for their style of cuisine- Modern American with an Italian Soul. At A Mano Kitchen & Bar you can experience this fusion of modern and traditional through the culinary journey of the Fiacchi family’s story: a combination of decades in the culinary industry, world class culinary education, and travels across Europe learning about food, culture, and farming.

Sourdough Cesamarti

If you are looking for a place for lunch in Downtown Syracuse then A Mano is an ideal lunch destination. The fast and friendly staff will indulge you with whatever style lunch hour you have in mind, whether it’s a pizza before your next meeting or a longer lunch that fades into the evening where you enjoy several dishes with your companions and split a bottle or two of wine. Be sure to check out the fantastically unique cocktail menu They also have a dinner menu that is certain to please. Their amazing pastas are handmade, their wood fired and hand tossed pizzas are divine, and their main courses are mouthwatering. And whatever you do no don forget to save room for one of A Mano’s signature desserts. Even the ice cream is handmade, so come in let them add a little sweetness to your day!

Sourdough Cesamarti

Kyle and I went to A Mano on one of those perfectly snowy winter nights. The large snowflakes gently danced down from the heavens and the city lights reflected off of every crystal in a truly beautiful way. We were happy to find a great parking spot and scurry into the warmth that is A Mano. We were seated at a cozy table near the windows to be able to continue to enjoy our snowflake symphony throughout out incredible dining experience. We began our meal with an order of the Calamari, a dish of hand breaded and gently fried calamari served with long hot agrodolce and lemon aioli. We both really enjoyed the sweet and spicy flavor that the agrodolce added to the dish especially when paired with the zesty lemon aioli. We also just had to try the Meatballs, hand rolled and smothered in tomato sauce and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan. These meatballs absolutely tasted just like grandma’s! Even the bread baskets are a thing of beauty at A Mano. They were served with different types of freshly baked bread, two selections of handcrafted butter and even adult cheese-that are to die for! For our meals Kyle decided on one of his favorites, Chicken Parm, a huge chicken thigh cutlet, drenched in plum tomato with torn basil and topped with mozzarella served with a generous portion of spaghetti. Every bite was so good that he cleaned his plate! I was feeling a little more adventurous and tried the Cecamarti, a dish of sourdough pasta, broccoli rabe, their homemade pork sausage in a white wine sauce all topped with bread crumbs. This adventure surely paid off and made for a truly new culinary experience! We couldn’t help but end our meal with something sweet so we split an order of the homemade cannoli! This meal was flavorful and absolutely perfect!

For dessert, cannolis!

At A Mano Kitchen & Bar they are focused on providing you with a unique dining experience that you can’t find anywhere else in town. The menu is always evolving to make sure the best of the season is served to every guest so be sure to look out for new things! Check them out on Facebook to keep up with their yummy daily specials and special events and visit their website at www. amanosyr.com. Better yet, head over to A Mano today and experience the “handmade” difference!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.