Customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to Italian cafes down The Parade as there are so many to choose from. One that gets a lot of foot traffic is Manto which is close to the nearby cinema and the local shopping complex carpark. The menu reads like a typical Italian cafe with bruschetta, pizza, pasta, risotto, focaccia, salads and mains. They also have 5 burgers to choose from which is a continuing trend at the moment.
This place is nicely decked out for a cafe. The timber ceilings and ornate light fittings give this place a touch of elegance. The cafe is located on a nice corner position and gets plenty of natural light. Customers get the option dining inside or at one of the tables on either frontage.
For dinner, I ordered the Linguine Granchio which contains blue swimmer crab, rocket, tomato, chilli and rose sauce. The dish came out after a 15 minute wait and was reasonable in presentation.
I was a bit baffled as to why you would put rocket on pasta. I thought the crispness didn’t go well with the dish at all. The crab meat was sweet and succulent, but there was very little of it. Fortunately, I didn’t come across any crab shells either. I thought the sauce was a bit watery and there was bit too much heat from the chilli. The linguine was well cooked and the serving size was adequate.
My friend ordered the Scallopine Funghi which contains sliced veal, field mushrooms, white wine and cream sauce. It came with a side of rosemary potato and spinach. I was told the veal was slightly overcooked and the potatoes weren’t cooked through enough.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. Drinks arrived promptly and were constantly refilled. Meals came on time and plates were cleared as we finished. The atmosphere was relaxed even though they were at full capacity. The pricing is fairly average with the Linguine Granchio costing $21 and the Scallopine Funghi $26.
Having had the crab meat pasta nearby for a few more dollars, I noticed a big difference in the quality of the dishes. For me, this place is just average.
WHERE: 194 The Parade, Norwood