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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2007, 08:27:39 PM »
No,she had a regular Calzone,though Roberto was offering the " squared off " pizza style that Scott enjoyed so much.Though it looked interesting to me,I was a little put off by the longer cooking time and also the fact that I saw a waiter scraping off excessive charring from one before it was served.
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2007, 10:50:25 PM »
There is a featured article on A Mano in the Sept. 2007 issue of PMQ, at http://www.pmq.com/mag/200709/article.php?story=realdeal.

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« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2007, 11:54:40 AM »
That's a nice article Peter and he gets the cover shot also!
Good to see he is recognized for promoting Neapolitan pizza and authenticity.
It's just a shame that this is a "Trade " Publication and probably will not be read by too many people outside the business?
I know Roberto is an advocate for promoting and educating,which I see as very positive.
I believe Anthony at UPN was really trying to do similar with his lengthy introduction to Pizza Napoletana on his Menu - unfortunately this was interpreted by many as being aloof and sadly garnered him the " Pizza Nazi " moniker.
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2007, 01:25:04 PM »
I think what earned Anthony the Pizza Nazi label was the message stating "We have no quarrel with the man who sells cheaper pizza...He knows what his is worth!" on the top of his menu.  He goes out of his way to insult everyone on his menus and in his news/magazine interviews.

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« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2007, 10:23:18 PM »
I think what earned Anthony the Pizza Nazi label was the message stating "We have no quarrel with the man who sells cheaper pizza...He knows what his is worth!" on the top of his menu.  He goes out of his way to insult everyone on his menus and in his news/magazine interviews.

see the following link.......

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,4058.0.html
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2007, 06:51:02 PM »
I have lots of photos and video of A Mano on my website, offthebroiler.com in case anyone is interested. I'd post the direct link but the board software is stopping me from doing so.


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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2007, 07:01:18 PM »
Here is the link: http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/10/13/nj-dining-a-mano/.

New members must have five posts, I believe, before they can post links.

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2008, 07:48:57 PM »
bad news on A Mano.  Roberto has been suspiciously missing for weeks now.  Staff was claiming he was on "vacation" in Italy for 2 months.

Now there's confirmation from the Bergen Record here that Roberto is gone for good.  Seems like they've changed the dough, and the cooking process, which just can't be a good thing.

I'm also told from friend who frequents the place that Roberto is looking to open another place (unfortunately, for us Jersey folks, in the Bronx). 

Anyone had any recent experiences at A Mano?  I haven't been for about 2 months, and now I'm regretting it.

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2008, 07:53:29 PM »
Wow what?  I thought it was his restaurant.
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2008, 08:16:56 PM »
i'm pretty sure it's owned by Jerry's.  obviously i don't know what his contract was, but regardless of ownership or part ownership, he's no longer in the picture.  who knows, maybe his contract ended.  let's just hope we see him around these parts again soon.

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2008, 03:08:25 AM »
Are you guys sure he is really gone?  He called me a few weeks ago because he was in Los Angeles and looking for restaraunt recommendations, but he didn't mention leaving Amano.  I was under the impression that he was just out there doing some consulting.  I thought he was a part owner of Amano, but I suppose that doesn't mean he has to be there all the time.

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2008, 07:40:56 AM »
Here's an old article that possibly sheds some light on some of the comments in the previous link 
( http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2008/01/a-mano-loses-so.html ) provided by Tommy.

http://www.specialtyfood.com/do/news/ViewNewsArticle?id=2217

The following in particular speaks volumes IMO.........

"Wholesale is slated to become a growth area, particularly since the Turcis closed their two-year-old restaurant, Jerry’s Gourmet Osteria, in nearby Tenafly, N.J. Perhaps due to a proliferation of Italian restaurants, Jerry found the education curve on authentic Italian dishes high with patrons, who often wanted substitutions or modified preparations. “Maybe we should have just focused on making money,” says Turci".



NB. These comments ( circa 2005 )refer to the Turcis Englewood deli location.

Isn't it said "History has a habit of repeating ........."


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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2008, 09:16:15 AM »
Are you guys sure he is really gone?  
i'm as sure as i can be after reading the article i linked to (links don't show up well on our forum here):
http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2008/01/forget-about-lo.html


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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2008, 12:40:56 PM »
Ciao,  I am Roberto. I'm sorry for my English this is the reason  i haven't written in the forum so much
I did this time because I want to explain  what happened inside A Mano  I was one the six owners of A Mano
but after the article in PMQ magazine last September, and also because I became US president for the
APN (associazione pizzaioli napoletani) I start received many requests to teach and consultation
to help new pizzerias up open around the country and since I have a passion to teach pizzaioli and to promote the true neapolitan pizza, I decided the start this new profession full time because I was so lucky to have had the best teacher in Naples, Mr. Antonio Starita and Mr. Don Gennaro Capatosta, Mr. Enzo Coccia, and Mr. Don Gennaro.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have on my email
Scuolapizzan@gmail.com   ciao roberto

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2008, 08:29:10 AM »
Roberto, we're looking forward to seeing you again in North Jersey or at least close.

As for the article from the Bergen Record, they're now retracting some of the information (apparently they got the oven temp wrong, or the owner did, or something).  Here's a related Bergen Record blog post:  http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2008/01/more-on-a-mano.html

It's all a bit confusing. 

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2008, 11:23:07 AM »
600F sounded too low for 2-3 minute pizzas as per http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2008/01/forget-about-lo.html
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2008, 05:54:36 PM »
Hi  yes 600 it is very low is not  possible cook neapolitan pizza at that temperature   ciao grraze


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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2008, 07:34:46 PM »
Roberto,

The article above mentions that you are doing consulting in Boston.
Could you provide more details?




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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2008, 06:11:51 PM »
Hi  ebpizza i will be in BOSTON from monday to saturday  for consulting some body that won open neapolitan pizzeria  and the caputo flower  you can  call or email this is my phone number 201 961 5017
and my email is scuolapizzan@mail .com  ciao roberto

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2009, 08:25:23 AM »
Quick update on A Mano...

More than a few people noticed the quality of the pizze dropping after Roberto left.  I was one of them.  It was hardly worth traveling for, and I live 5 minutes away.

Roberto is back for a brief consulting stint, retooling the place, retraining the pizzaioli, and a friend tells me they're back on track.  Who knows how the quality will remain after he leaves.  Unless they have passionate, skilled guys manning those ovens, I'm afraid it will quickly slip once again.

Rumor has it that Roberto is also currently working on opening a pizzeria/wine bar in downtown manhattan.  I can't find many details of this, but I'm certainly looking forward to the opening. 

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« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2009, 11:29:46 AM »
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/a-taste-of-naples/

BTW I had an excellent Calzone to go from Amano last week made by a young Italian guy.Roberto told me that the young Pizzaiolo had spent some time previously working at my favorite pizza place in Naples.It showed.From the minute he picked the dough out the box.Total respect for the dough.
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #46 on: July 14, 2009, 07:07:43 PM »
A Mano is hosting a pizza making class on Monday, 7/20, for those of you locals who might be interested:  http://njmg.typepad.com/foodblog/2009/07/two-events-next-week.html

ok, i see i'm late to the party.   :)
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=8876.0

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #47 on: July 15, 2009, 11:15:56 PM »
I am signed up and will be there But sans roberto right?
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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #48 on: July 16, 2009, 07:08:58 AM »
I am signed up and will be there But sans roberto right?
Roberto is almost no doubt going to be at Keste and not A Mano.  Roberto is a nice guy.  I hope this fella is too!

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Re: A Mano Ridgewood NJ
« Reply #49 on: July 28, 2009, 08:59:30 PM »
We went out for pizza tonight on our way back to south Jersey from NYC.  Now you gotta figure NYC and all of NJ to pick from and we go to A Mano in Ridgewood NJ.  Remember it is almost two hours in GSP traffic north of home.  And it was well worth the trip.  A perfectly put together grilled  bunch of artichokes over a bed of  very mild arugula salad.  Fredrick, Carlo, and Eric were testing new recipes  and giving samples for us to try out.  I can't wait to see them on the menu in the near future.  We ordered one of the "special" pies.  The dough base was as light as a feather, with just the right char and WFO flavor, the cheese melted  into a creamy truffle base  done to perfection with portobello mushrooms. 

You have to understand that the day before yesterday I made 18 Margarita Pizza's for guests in our WFO.  Pizza has become a staple in our house this summer.  Now, if only I could get my crusts to be as light as theirs'.  The ingredients are the same.  I have to work on the proofing to be better for sure.  It is fun trying. 


 

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