An Atlantan In New York: Little Italy in West Village

Malatesta Trattoria: West Village, Manhattan, NY, NY, USA

I was taken here inadvertently after I was hauled all the way from Union Square for a unknowing “discovery” walk, and it was a very nice surprise! Originally we thought that we would have a long wait, but we were able to get seated within 5-10minutes. It was about 8pm but given that the weather was just slightly cooler (ie. nicer) than your typical NYC summer night, many people were out and about eating dinner late. I ordered the spinach gnocchi while my friend ordered the tagliatelle ragu. We also decided to split an appetizer and she ordered the Piadina Mozarella Pomodoro.

Piadina Mozarella Pomodoro: this is basically an Italian quesadilla. I’m not kidding. It’s actually made with two flour tortillas. I don’t think this was what my friend had in mind but it’s no fault of the restaurant by any means. She wanted a caprese salad instead haha.

– very filling: lots of carb and cheese
– good quantity to share: about two to three large sections per person
– nice flavor: not too bland, not overly seasoned
– feels like a quesadilla?
– unless you are a huge carb eater, this can fill up a small eater pretty quickly.

Malatesta - italian quesadilla

Spinach Gnocchi: this is what got the restaurant to four-stars (that and their service)

– handmade gnocchi so soft and tender it fell apart in my mouth.
– just the right amount of sauce: looks a bit sparse initially but the richness of the cheese and herbs was just enough flavor to evenly coat each gnocchi
– heats well in a toaster oven! I actually had to take 3/4 of it back because I was too full from the piadina.
– could use a little garnish of some kind

Tagliatelle alla Ragu

– good quantity
– pasta was perfectly al dente…not sure how they managed to do it with fresh made pasta because it’s a bit more difficult supposedly
– very fresh tasting, almost as if they picked the tomato and basil, blended it and then poured it on top.
– could use a little more “flavor”. Maybe a little more salt? If you are going for that spring garden taste, this hits the spot, but for those looking for a slightly more decadent ragu, this may be a little too “fresh”.

I’d definitely come here again if I was in the West Village area. It’s a really quaint restaurant and easily accessible on the across-town bus. Only thing is to have cash on you as they do not accept credit cards. Also, their table house focaccia was pretty tasty. Outdoor seating is definitely available but a hot commodity on nice weather days.  If I was in the area, I wouldn’t mind coming here.  It’s a bit difficult to justify making the trip across town especially when there are just as good restaurants in Little Italy or even on the East side of town as well.  Still worth a gander though!

649 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

(b/t 10th St & Christopher St) 


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