Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
Mani Osteria, Ann Arbor, MI
Wood-fired ovens turn out exemplary Neapolitan pies as well as classics with more nuanced ingredients like pickled chilies, garlic cream, mint, chili pesto, and black truffles. And just to show those New Haven folks they can’t corner the market, there’s a great clam pie (yes, with mozzarella, take that). Looking at the crowded bar and around the lively dining room, it’s hard to imagine this lively restaurant as the office furniture store it used to be. Credit Mani Osteria’s popularity to Adam Baru, who worked under famed New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer before returning to his hometown to open his first restaurant.