"The portions are for the skinny!"
Let's start with the atmosphere. We entered the restaurant, were welcomed by the hostess, and quickly sat at a spacious table for 4 by the large picture windows. We were able to gaze out on the people walking around and the traffic going by on Division Street. Those facing towards the north part of the restaurant had a good view of the pizza ovens and those behind the counters cooking them. There is a full bar located a short level below the larger dining area. Outdoor seating commenced around 8PM, I believe. As the evening went on, the overall volume in the restaurant rose to a point where we had to raise our voices a few levels.
The waitstaff for our table was very attentive, helpful with the menu, welcoming our dishes to each of us, and kept our water and wine glasses full.
My husband and I dined here with two other (hungry!) people. When the appetizers came out in small plates, our friends had a double-take! Mani isn't a huge pizzeria, full-blown Italian restaurant, nor is it a steakhouse. The food we ordered was culinary experience! Pasta chips infused with sesame seeds and paprika and white been puree for dipping. Pistachio pizza. Chicken liver mousse. Apricot and pork belly. Delicious and crisp calamari. The house red wine was a pleasant compliment to each dish. Next time we hope to try more of the menu, as well as indulge in their desserts!
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