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A Mano Kitchen & Bar

This year has taught us to appreciate things in our life a little bit more. Whether this year caused you to cook at home for the first time or you jumped onto the homemade bread bandwagon you undoubtedly gained a new appreciation for the amount of effort and love that goes into making food from scratch. If you are looking for that homemade taste without any of the work or clean up then you need not look any farther than A Mano Kitchen & Bar. They are located in Downtown Syracuse on the ground floor of the Icon Tower at 344 S. Warren St. in Downtown Syracuse. They are open for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 9 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 10 pm and for Sunday Brunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Treat yourself to a meal at A Mano Kitchen & Bar and find out how they won the 2020 Diners’ Choice Award!

A Mano translates from Italian to mean “By Hand.” 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 their homemade flavored 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 some 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.

On Sundays, A Mano is the ideal brunch spot in Downtown Syracuse; their fast and friendly staff will indulge you with whatever brunch style you choose. Whether you choose a light breakfast like Local Yogurt served with seasonal fruit and topped with house granola, sandwiches like the Fried Chicken Sandwich- buttermilk fried chicken, Caesar Brussels slaw, bacon, Swiss brioche bun, or a breakfast classic like the Loaded Hash Brown topped with pulled pork, queso, avocado, crema, and two fried eggs. And don’t forget that it’s just not brunch without a cocktail so be sure to check out their exclusive craft cocktail menu! A Mano Kitchen & Bar has an ever evolving 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. The pizza oven and crafting station in the dining room creates atmosphere is warm and inviting and as an added bonus it is a lot of fun to watch!

Cecelia and I arrived at A Mano Kitchen & Bar on a chilly Saturday night. We were immediately seated at a cozy table and greeted by our friendly server. She told us about the mouthwatering specials of the evening. One of the things I like most about A Mano is that you never know exactly what new and exciting dish will be on the menu. We started our scrumptious meal with an order of the Calamari, a dish of golden fried calamari, sweet and spicy long hot agrodolce and served with a size of lemon aioli. The flavor combinations were absolutely incredible. We also couldn’t pass up an order of the Scampi Toast, this dish starts with perfectly grilled sourdough that is topped with gigantic wood fired prawns, all drizzled with a garlic, lemon, and white wine sauce. This dish was both really cool to look at and awesomely deliciously! We also loved the bread basket with their famous homemade cheese-its, chewy herbed focaccia bread, and Italian bread along their homemade lemon sesame butter. For an entrée Cecelia, who loves to eat adventurously, just couldn’t pass up the Rusthcie, a thick, flat, and long pasta, topped with wild boar Bolognese, and sprinkled with reggiano and parsley. I decided to continue with seafood theme and chose the Market Fish, a perfectly seared portion of fresh halibut, served garlic parsnip puree, dill oil, citrus, pink peppercorn. Every single bite of this dish was fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! We also split a side of the Twice Fried Potatoes, colorful small potatoes smashed and fried until crispy and topped with parmigiana, pecorino and herbs. We couldn’t possibly pass up homemade dessert at A Mano. Cecelia had a dish of cool cardamom ice cream; it was creamy and perfectly cardamom flavored. I couldn’t pass up the chocolate peanut butter lava cake, served warm and drizzled with chocolate sauce. This was a sweet way to end a perfect meal!

A Mano Kitchen & Bar has taken every precaution to ensure that diners have a safe and enjoyable experience every time. Check out their website at www.amanosyr.com to see their menu as well as to make a reservation online. They also have a fresh new takeout menu coming on December 2nd filled with handmade pasta, pizzas and local veggies! Call them at (315) 303-1630 for reservations or to place a takeout order. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all of the great happenings! Treat yourself to A Mano today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.