Manzo Ristorante

Exquisite Italian fine dining at the heart of Eataly

By Jasmine Moy

Imagine losing yourself—well almost—in the most amazing Italian market, picking up the freshest of ravioli, the most decadent of fresh mozzarellas, the most herbaceous basil. Then imagine being able to enjoy a meal of all of those ingredients and more, without having to go home and cook it yourself (or wash those dishes). Sound like heaven? Well, that’s about how it feels to step inside Manzo, the sit-down restaurant nestled inside the renowned Eataly marketplace.

The set menu offered by chef Adam Hill is a straight showstopper from one course to the next. Hill appreciates all the fresh goods made within Eataly—as a six-year veteran of the place, he knows every item like the back of his hand—but he also knows that this market is at its essence Italian, so every dish tries to honor Eataly’s origins. First, a complimentary glass of prosecco arrives alongside densely crusted bread and extra virgin olive oil for dipping. A cicchetto (think Italian amuse-bouche) then arrives—maybe a few agnolotti, bursting with Grana Padano, spinach, and succulent veal and pork.
The mozzarella that follows likely eclipses anything you’ve had this side of the Atlantic. Made throughout the day within the market, the cheese goes from curd to plate without the need (or time) for refrigeration, making for a supple, creamy Caprese. Delicate ravioli in a simple lemon butter lets the pasta shine alongside a seasonal vegetable like summer squash, and the pollo al mattone’s chicken thigh shows up with an addictive, crisped skin, brightened by sides of broccoli and a lemony spigarello pesto.

If you don’t have room for dessert, the server may express how extremely sad she’d be for you if you left without trying the hazelnut gelato—and the service has been so gracious, you’d hate to make her frown. Good thing for you both that it’ll be some of the best gelato you’ve ever had.

hours

Mon–Sun Dining Room and Bar 11:30 AM–10 PM

price range

gnocchi ($19) to tagliata di Manzo ($42)
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