“Maniman” is a figure of speech from the Ligurian dialect that means “you never know”. Here in Piedmont, we say “as sà mai”, but the meaning is the same and it depicts the stereotypical wary and skeptical attitude of people from Genoa and Turin.
But there is no reason to be skeptical about Maniman gastronomy! This tiny – kind of street food – spot offers a great selection of fugasse (focacce in the Ligurian dialect) and freshly baked farinata. Plus they have a selection of pastas (prepared on order), second courses, vegetables, and homemade sweets.
Beyond being extremely kind and welcoming, the owners/cooks are deeply committed to delivering the Ligurian vibe into their gastronomy. From the interior design – furniture, colors and paintings, they all recall Genoa and Liguria, to the flavours and the selection of dishes they put on their daily menu: everything says Liguria and reminds you of a “carrugio” – the traditional narrow alley of Ligurian seaside towns. You can even buy a traditional stone mortar to make pesto!
At Maniman there is just a handful of counter seats but you can just as well order to take away or have your piece of focaccia on the go. Last but not least, the value for money is excellent, making Maniman one of my favourite spots for lunch break in the city centre of Turin, especially when I am alone.