I stopped in for a lunch date last week and gorged on the wild mushroom and caramelized onion, white truffle oil, taleggio cheese, hazelnut and oregano flatbread. Featuring a lot of stinky truffle, mushroom, and creamy cheese, it made my afternoon better. Although La Madia down the street has claimed a stake as the artisanal pizza purveyor of the greater Loop, for my money, A Mano is the go-to pie spot. Caputo's instincts for balance like dropping crunchy though creamy tasting toasted hazelnuts into the mix demonstrate a deftness missing at La Madia.
There's even an all you can eat fixed-price lunch buffet, no heat lamps in sight, featuring a rotating selection of artisanal cheese, salumi, and entrées like ahi tuna saltimbocca for a reasonable 14 bucks.
Finally, pastry chef Matt Kelley, who once raced on the NASCAR minor league circuit, knows how to get the heart racing with some seriously creamy, pliant meal-ending gelati.