A Mano Pizzeria
A Ridgewood, NJ Dining Review
A Mano Pizzeria
Chestnut Street at Franklin
Price: In-expensive - Moderate
Overall Rating: N/A, A casual eatery, not rated as a fine dining restaurant
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the top pizza restaurants in New Jersey
Serves certified Neapolitan Pizza using all natural imported flour and imported tomato sauce.
Service is inconsistent, especially during busy weekend evenings.
Value: Excellent, You are apt to pay a little more for quality ingredients but the price is worth it.
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Very casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy Authentic Neapolitan Pizza with imported ingredients.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more American style pizza with domestic ingredients and loads of toppings
Recommended dishes: When available, Regina Margherita. classic, Neapolitan Pizza, The Tagliatelle Al Bolognese, and the Gelatos
A Mano is one of the best pizza restaurants in Northern Jersey.
Note: The "best pizza" is more about quality and authenticity ---- less about taste
If you think that your favorite pizza and "the pizza joints" that make the pizza is the best ---- then of course in your mind---- it's the best.
The decor is trendy with a New York Tribeca atmosphere, with tall ceilings, red walls, large tile ovens, a long marble bar, a dessert counter with espresso machines, baked goods and a case for gelato.
They use an authentic Neapolitan wood burning oven, hand built on site by Neapolitan artisans, using stones and volcanic soil imported from Naples. This type of construction is ideal for baking pizza at a temperature of 1000 degrees necessary for cooking a crispy crust without burning the ingredients or overcooking the toppings.
The crust contains no additives or preservatives The dough made from all natural Caputo flour, Imported from Naples and grown at the foothills of Mount Vesuvio. The tomatoes are also imported imported from the famed San Marzano region in southern Italy, with the mozzarella home-made on the premises..
A Mano is one of few restaurants in the USA with certified Neapolitan pizza by both the VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) and the APN (Association of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli).
The reason to come to this place is for the outstanding Pizza, and for their great gelato.
They also serve up a full menu of traditional Italian dishes.
Their signature pizza is the Regina Margherita with imported fresh buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, light tomato sauce, parmiggiano reggiano, and extra virgin olive oil.
The service at A Mano is attentive and friendly, though at times inconsistent.
(updated: July, 2015)
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