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Jun 26, 2007 07:26 PM

malatesta trattoria

hey there. i' remember this s. italian mentioned before, but cant find it in a search. impressions? i read only good things online about it. the fare seems simple, but good. am i right?

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  1. hi jsmitty, malatesta is a regular hangout of mine. its in the far west village on the corner of Christopher and Washington (or is it Greenwich?). Anyway, I have probaby eaten there 30 times, and I have ordered the exact same thing the last 25 or so times- the spaghetti chitarra with tomato and mozzarella. it is absoluteley their best pasta dish. they also do a nice assortment of bruschette as an appetizer. buon appetito.

    1. the menu is simple and fresh, and the space is rustic - lots of wood. it's nice in the summer because there is an abundance of outdoor seating. if you can't get a seat outside, that's fine too, because all the large windows along the sides of the restaurant are thrown open. the spaghetti chitarra is very good. the salads are simple and fresh - i went just this past weekend and had the arugula salad with orange and parmesan. the gnocchi is also good. it's a great neighborhood place - i go about once a month or so.

      1. thanks vvv and shirlotta. i will be going monday with old college friends.. i willreport back :)

        1. i love malatesta and find it more similar to dining in italy than most italian places here in the city. their laid back style, the casual but attractive atmosphere, and fresh, simple dishes just hit the mark for me. i'll add yet another vote for the spaghetti alla chittara, it's fantastic, and also the grilled portobello app salad is stellar. one of my favorite one-two punches in the village.

          1. jsmitty, I forgot to mention that Malatesta is cash only. and try the panna cotta for dessert. buon appetito

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              I think the pasta is the best in the West Village (vs. Da Andrea and some others). But the assorted Crostini and the Bruschetta are not that good. The Gorgonzola Gnocci is great.

              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                bruschetta does not ordinarily thrill me anyway.. it has to be really fresh and great to order it.... but that is good knowledge to have..

                1. re: jsmitty

                  The tomato part is great but the bread is awful (barely toasted).

                2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                  I pass by Malatesta everyday and never stop in. The name always made me think BAD ,, but now i'l try it. D'Andrea is really good and if this pasta is better they'll have a new regular customer

                  1. re: duckfat

                    funny i always had the same perception. i am not sure i would put it ahead of da andrea in overall quality, but the pasta is on par, maybe even a shade better than da andrea.