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Shogo Ban, a college student from Fukuoka, likes to cook. Thanks to the owner of the restaurant where he works part-time, he finds himself working at the line of Roppongi's best Italian restaurant, Trattoria Baccanale, and discovers that the real deal isn't quite as easy as he'd thought. The manga follows Ban as he struggles to keep up with the hectic workload and his co-workers, along with issues outside the kitchen like his relationship with his girlfriend Eri, who he left behind in Fukuoka.

Bambino! received the 2008 Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga along with Takeshi Natsuhara's and Kuromaru's Kurosagi.


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v.15 c.164 (end) by Anonymous Spore over 6 years ago
v.15 c.162-163 by Anonymous Spore over 6 years ago
v.15 c.161 by Anonymous Spore over 6 years ago
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15 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (312 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by nail80
September 21st, 2014, 1:37am
I can't believe I forgot to comment on this the moment I finished it more than 2 years ago!
Bambino! is the restaurant experience. To see Bambi overcome each obstacle and go from a cocky brat to a humble and good cook is a work of pure joy. While he did spend too much time "waitressing" is was a good way to show fully how restaurants work and what is expected of each member of the staff. I think that the main problem with cooking manga nowadays is that characters are too amazed and talk to no end about each and every ingredient as if some absolute masterpiece has been served.
Bambino! does not do this, it keeps on going low key about things and doesn't get too ahead of itself. The kitchen is portrayed as a battlefield, and rightfully so, even if the art gets a little bit overdramatic it showcases how much energy is put into how everything works.
Read this, you'll enjoy it!
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Great Until The End   
Rating: N/A
by ParafinLove
August 27th, 2012, 2:22am
An aspiring chef learns the hard way he isn't all that and then proceeds to claw his way forward towards his dreams fueled by his love and obsession with cooking. The story was pretty good until the second to last story arc which I felt was pretty weak. I know you need to ignore plausibility to an extent but that arc really pushed it. And the came the last story arc and the ending which was completely terrible. I guess it was in preparation for a romance subplot in the sequel, the author could have gone any other way and it would've been great. Instead the whole incident ends up leaving a bad taste in the mouth to the point I almost didn't read the last chapter. I'll probably at least skim through the sequel; if things remain platonic I will readily and gratefully retract my negative statements.

... Last updated on August 27th, 2012, 9:52pm
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Worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ng luv jj
November 26th, 2011, 8:49am
This manga has a unique artwork for cooking manga, it looks like an action manga but it suits the story well not like other cook manga whose only concentrating in cooking, new dish, reaction, another new dish, etc this manga is more realistic and describe cucina well smile a warzone!
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what? i haven't put my comment in?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yuno19
October 7th, 2011, 4:24am
oh well, that's great. because i just think up a good one right now.

bambino! is about once arrogant young cook who is repeatedly teased by his superior, coworker, or anybody around him. the teases, many times, are bloody difficult to handle. but say, he won't get any recognition from his peers without completing them. so then, although he can always choose not to face them, he voluntarily go for it; be it some bully or tasks that just impossible to get done. well, that's how the story goes if I put it coldly.

the good things about this manga, the story teller able to picture passion, skill evolution, accident along the way, and stuffs in such unobstructing way. and thanks to that, we reader can enjoy ourselves getting know if our main character able to finish his challenges. without fussing over details. without missing the flow. and it happen every time we sit to enjoy it.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sukets
September 2nd, 2011, 6:20am
Although this manga is a bit overdramatic, it has an good reason. The Cuzina is CHAOTIC, so the best way to express that, is with agressive lines and dramatic art, you guy's make no idea how really is.
Overral this manga is amazing, good storyline, and awesome characters.
A must read, if you like or not cooking.
If i could say the only flaw in this manga, is that the mangaka aborted romance in it, because it seemed that he wanted to do it, but he lack's skills to do it now, without hurting the main story.

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2011, 6:23am
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Very Passionate Food   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Prot
February 12th, 2011, 11:38pm
This is an interesting manga, definitely good if you're into italian food, restaurants, cooking, etc... However, it seems a bit too dramatic with its presentation. The guy is serving pasta, not going super saiyan.
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Really worth recommending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Neratin
February 11th, 2011, 1:33pm
I really like that the story focuses not only on the main character but also on the supporting ones.
It's a story about hard work, passion, mistakes we inevitably make and the fight for dreams.
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Very much recommended   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
February 9th, 2011, 6:23pm
A highly enjoyable culinary manga, that doesn't get lost in endless, detailed explanations like others in its genre. Nor does it have any made-up gimmicks that throttle the story forward. Just a story about a young, ambitious cook who gets confronted with the hard realities of the business.
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Good COOK manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gggjcjkg
September 22nd, 2010, 9:27pm
This manga definitely needs to receive much more attention. It's such a good manga, with good and realistic characters, and realistic setting. The mangaka's storytelling is skillful, and the topic it deals with is not something you come across often. There are, of course, many "cooking" manga out there. But they are all about food, and food battles, and such surreal concepts, not about the most important point: the cooks who make the food. They are not Bambino.
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Simply incredible   
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by peasantman
April 23rd, 2010, 12:42am
I am simply amazed by the art in this manga, there are various parts where you can tell the author uses various mediums such as charcoal and brushed ink along with penwork to create a strong sense of suspense and action.
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