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Ristorante Paradiso (Gente prequel)

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A charming tale of a mother/daughter reunion, a burgeoning romance, and a little restaurant in Rome.

R to L (Japanese Style). A charming tale of a mother/daughter reunion, a burgeoning romance, and a little restaurant in Rome. In exchange for playing "the daughter of an old friend," Olga offers Nicoletta a place to live and an apprenticeship at the restaurant. Nicoletta fit
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 15, 2015 Vicki rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-and-comics
I didn't get on all that well with this one. It wasn't terrible, but I'm not quite sure how it's got so much critical acclaim.

The story setup intrigued me: a girl is abandoned by her mother as a child because her mother falls in love with a man that doesn't want to date women with children. Once she's grown into a young women, the girl decides to go and confront her mother (and the man that she is still with), with the truth. Throw in the backdrop of an Italian restaurant staffed incongruously
Aug 09, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Too short to be anything amazing, but a good comfort read. Nicoletta has moved to Rome to confront her mother for abandoning her, however she discovers a lot by actually spending time with her, and even experiences burgeoning love. The love interest is an older gentleman by the name of Claudio who is going through his own abandonment issues with his ex-wife. Nicoletta has difficulty deciding what stance to take, she knows that before Claudio can even think of having a relationship, he has to let ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Jocilyn rated it it was amazing
Awwww. Soo cute! I was really cheering for Olga's daughter (I can't remember her name for some reason). It was actually really believable. I wonder if the author has spent time in Rome. I've only had one close Italian friend, and he was bi but the cultural cues felt really spot on. Also the art style is delightful. The plot was uncomplicated but then, who cares because it was all about the characters and the guys were incredibly cute. Have you read Gent? I'm thinking i want to, but it might be a ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Estara rated it it was amazing
This is one of the properties where scanlations/fansubs did it for me. I totally understand that not every reader of scanlations goes on to buy the books that become available, even if they have liked them. Not even I have that money for every long-running series.

But I remember the time where I couldn't get an impression of a property and only had to rely on reviews in a magazine (not even multiple ones, because there was only one anime magazine and no manga one). I bought much more cautiously
Aug 12, 2013 Jessylyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, josei
Imagine a quaint little restaurant located on the charming streets of Rome. Inside the tables are occupied to maximmum capacity and appetizing Italian food are catered by handsomely mature bespectacled gentlemen. This is the kind of restaurant Nicoletta waltz into in Ristorante Paradiso.

When in Rome…
This manga is a nice slice-of-life romance about a young woman named Nicoletta who travels to Rome in order to confront the man her mother remarried. As a young child, Nicoletta’s mother her left to
Jul 28, 2014 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A graphic novel about a young woman who goes to Italy to confront her absent mother. She arrives to find her mother in an idyllic love, surrounded by handsome gentlemen. As her jealousy intensifies she also finds herself hesitant to break that idyllic world as she falls in love as well.

The characters in the novel already have a presence, and I wasn't surprised to find out that there is already another graphic novel about them.

I was interested to find it completely different from other works by
Sep 03, 2010 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
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Basically set in a maid cafe for women who think older distinguished gentlemen in glasses are sexy, it follows Nicoletta, a 21 year old who tracks down her mother, now the wife of the owner of the aforementioned restaurant. Nicoletta develops a hearts-in-her-eyes crush on one of the waiters, but he's still in love with his ex-wife. There's some drama and pining, there's some backstory about all the waiters, there's a lot of art that seems to mostly be hair and glasses. (I have nothing against ha ...more
nathan c.
so good. this is why ono is one of my favourite authors. she writes realistically and each story of hers is too enthralling for words.
May 04, 2015 Felipe rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Story about an abandoned daughter recconecting with her mother, a restaurant, and older dudes in glasses.
This series seems quite promising for those who are like to watch multiple characters' lives unfolding, made more delectable against the backdrop of a Roman Ristorante.

I wasn't crazy about the art, but the characters were intriguing enough for me to want more. Ono is also very good at evoking a certain mood; I can't quite come up with the word for it, but in it is part of the wistful love for Rome that anyone who's been there would understand. Perhaps that's what Ono chose Rome as the setting f
Mar 26, 2016 Fyre.Katz rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-manga_2016
Pretty good!
Jan 11, 2011 Raina rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get past the first few pages. I liked the description, but between the Japanese layout ("backwards" to my western eyes) and the illustration style, I only barely started the thing. I'm very irritated, because I really want to get into manga, and I thought that this, as a slightly arty, more realistic take, might be a good gateway piece. But sadly, no.
Jan 14, 2014 Nedda rated it it was ok
I think I might have to watch the anime to fully judge this one. Interesting none the less, I enjoyed the art. The mangaka's style has always intrigued me.
Oct 15, 2012 Ravenhats rated it really liked it
While this isn't one of Ono's best it is still a great read. This is more light in theme then House of the Five Leaves or Not Simple, but still has that slow and personal quality of Ono's work. As always the art is extremely unique and great.
Rachel Biello
Sep 08, 2010 Rachel Biello rated it it was ok
This is a tough book to review - it is visually stunning, but the story is silly. I will admit I kept wanting to know what would happen next even though I found it trite...I did buy Gente, so that says something (more about me than the book).
Feb 10, 2011 Veronica rated it really liked it
How pleasant. Lovely mood and pacing with a story contained within one volume. One of the better manga I have read in a while. It did not even feel like a manga but more like a US GN, for whatever that means.
Mar 26, 2010 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2010
A yummy prequel to Natsume Ono's upcoming three-volume series, Gente. Imagine Eddie Campbell doing manga. I half expected Alec and his pal Bacchus to make a guest appearance.
Kelli Fisher
Apr 07, 2014 Kelli Fisher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, books-2013
What a perfect, quiet little story about a mother & daughter's rocky relationship with some silver foxes and Italian food sprinkled in. 10/10 would read again.
Jun 20, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was sweet- not much of a 'guy read.' I had some trouble keeping all of the male characters separate, but otherwise, it was short and sweet.
Dec 04, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
Love the art. The story is a bit mushy but not shojo manga bad. I'd read more by the author.
May 17, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
Pleasant and charming. Like taking a nice leisurely stroll through a park...
Jan 26, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Love the book design and art!
Jan 27, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
So much fun!
Jul 10, 2014 Yasmin added it
Recommended to Yasmin by: beyza
Such a good one
Mar 10, 2010 Snow rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovels
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Natsume Ono made her professional debut in 2003 with the webcomic La Quinta Camera. Her subsequent works not simple, Ristorante Paradiso, and Gente (a continuation of Ristorante Paradiso) met with both critical and popular acclaim. In 2009 Ristorante Paradiso was adapted into a TV anime series. Her current series House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou), also adapted into a TV anime series in 2010, is ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Gente (4 books)
  • Gente, Vol. 1: The People of Ristorante Paradiso
  • Gente, Volume 2
  • Gente, Vol. 3: The People of Ristorante Paradiso

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