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Ristorante Paradiso by [Ono, Natsume]
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At the age of 21, Nicoletta travels to Rome to find her mother, Olga, who abandoned her long ago. Nicoletta finds her at Casetta dell'Orso, a charming little restaurant owned by Olga's husband. The staff of bespectacled gentlemen welcomes Nicoletta warmly, but Olga's reception is not so pleasant. Olga has never told her husband that she ever had children--and he must never know.

In exchange for Nicoletta's playing "the daughter of an old friend," Olga offers Nicoletta a place to live and an apprenticeship at the restaurant. Nicoletta fits in well among the unique personalities at Casetta dell'Orso. She gets along particularly well with the kindly headwaiter, Claudio, a divorced man who, after years, has still never taken off his wedding ring. As Nicoletta's feelings for Claudio become complicated, she finds a sympathetic ear in Olga, leading the estranged pair to form a friendship neither expected. But as they grow closer, the pressure exerted by the secret they share becomes too much to bear.

About the Author

Natsume Ono made her professional debut in 2003 with the webcomic La Quinta Camera. Her next works, not simple and Ristorante Paradiso, met with both critical and popular acclaim. Her current series House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou) is running in IKKI magazine, and Gente (a continuation of Ristorante Paradiso) appears in Erotics F magazine.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 114025 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: VIZ Signature (Nov. 7 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDZK64M
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1d4cea0) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
HASH(0xa19ea9e4) out of 5 stars Nice and Simple Feb. 8 2014
By Chelsea - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a very well done one-shot. In the span of less than 200 pages, Ono gives a solid story with a plot, character change, and emotion, much more than can be said with some other manga I've read that have over 20 volumes. However, it ends so suddenly, I do wish there were more volumes!
The art is very unique; it's not bad per say but it's not absolutely beautiful. I believe it is drawn this way to make the story flow better. I haven't really decided if I like the art or not (haha).
Overall it's a nice short one-shot that makes an excellent read for a rainy day.
HASH(0xa19eaa38) out of 5 stars Wonderful Oct. 31 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I love this book. This was the first Natsume Ono book I ever read and purchased and it has lead me to buying everything that has been translated into English ever since. It's a wonderful slice of life story about a girl who is trying to reconnect with her mother and also the daily life stories of a charming restaurant in Rome. The animation series based on this book is also a great watch if you enjoyed this book.
HASH(0xa19ead14) out of 5 stars so simple, yet so nice Nov. 12 2013
By Caio - Published on
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I like the simplicity of the story without loosing its content. It is nice to read something so light and upbeat once in a while. Those zombies stories were getting on my nerves. :-)
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HASH(0xa217c090) out of 5 stars Ristorante Paradiso Feb. 17 2012
By mpanzell - Published on
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Well plotted paired with a unique art style, Natsume Ono's Ristorante Paradiso was wonderful! I wish there were more than just one.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217c1ec) out of 5 stars A wonderfully touching story...but not one that will stay with me for long Jan. 30 2013
By Hope this helps - Published on
Format: Paperback
Content: no fanservice to worry about, Can't really remember coarse language and expletives

By now, you are probably familiar with the basic plot and premise of this manga from the synopsis and the rest of the reviews. So no need to really go into that. This is a standalone manga (no other volumes) which also did give rise to the "Gente" sidestory series. For me, the story was definitely touching and packed with tons of life lessons to learn. Tons of amusing characters as well. But my main issue with this particular manga was that it felt like it was cramming in too much for the amount of pages used. except for a very few, we really didn't get to delve too deeply into some of the other characters, the pacing sometimes felt rushed, and the resolution didn't really satisfy (it's a complete one tho and doesn't leave you was just lackluster in my opinion). Now, I do love standalone mangas, too...and actually have an anthology of them...this one just didn't feel as developed and well executed. That said, the story is a very real and relatable story for many, and with tons of good lessons to glean from it.

The artwork is also not the standard commercial manga style, which ironically helps this manga considering it takes place in Italy, not Japan. The cover is a good representation of you can decide if it's your style or not. It does make character age much easier to guess tho haha...and that is somewhat important to the happenings in it.

It's a good and solid manga...but I feel I will forget it soon enough. Didn't really have any themes, ideas, story plot, ect. that I felt will stay with me in the future. Nor did I really end up sympathizing or "investing" into any of the characters. For me, I'd say it's a decent filler while waiting on the next volume of your favorite series.