Malatesta Trattoria

Malatesta Trattoria

Italian Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Nikki 🌺
    "And the spinach gnocchi was delicious, and light for a creamy sauce!"(42 Tips)
    Johannes S.
    "Excellent Tagliatelle Ragu, but ignore the Tiramisu"(10 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "Good authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere."(7 Tips)
    Meredith B.
    "Grilled octopus is amazing."(6 Tips)
187 Tips and reviews
  • spinach gnocchi
  • good for dates
  • tagliatelle
  • authentic
  • cozy
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  • Simon A.
    Feels like you're on a little vacation in Italy. The bruschetta is delicious; the steak and shaved parmesan is fantastic, but the lamb chops are my absolute favorite.
  • Charlotte S.
    Home style Italian al fresco. Perfect mid week meal.
  • Joakim T.
    Joakim ThorénApril 3
    Been here 10+ times
    The small corner table has a perfect view of WTC1. :-)
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PNovember 13, 2016
    you can't go wrong with the pasta: spinach gnocchi and tagliatelle were both amazing.
  • Priyam B.
    Priyam BajajOctober 18, 2016
    Food was amazing but the service was lacking.
  • Will C.
    Will CharczukOctober 1, 2016
    Hand made pasta and reasonable (< $40) bottles of wine. Cash Only
  • KE
    KESeptember 26, 2016
    Nice, romantic vibe. Attentive service, love that they open the windows and seat people indoors and out. $7 house red wine 👌 fish of the day was melt in your mouth!
  • Arjun
    ArjunAugust 21, 2016
    The arrabbiata was incredible.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJuly 13, 2016
    Gnocchi is my fav!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MJune 24, 2016
    Great location, delicious wine, and fantastic service. Made recommendations on menu items and the pasta is fresh. Cash only- highly recommend
  • chin1ta
    chin1taJune 24, 2016
    great local spot with walls that open onto a sunny corner . the pasta is some of the best around !!!
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanJune 13, 2016
    Grilled octopus is amazing. And of course, pasta. Small and cozy. Cash only.
    Get the spinach gnocchi in Gorgonzola sauce. Rich. excellent. Bruschetta toast needed to be crisp. Grilled calamari huge letdown-not sure what ppl are thinking. Tiramisu is so average.
  • John L.
    John LacyApril 30, 2016
    While the price is right there are definitely a lot better Italian restaurants in the neighborhood
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HamiltonApril 27, 2016
    The gnocchi!
  • Anthony F.
    Anthony FerraraApril 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Italian in NYC, hands down. Simple as that.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerMarch 7, 2016
    spinach gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola sauce
  • Scott G.
    Scott GoldsteinFebruary 26, 2016
    Everything was amazing!
  • John S.
    John SDecember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Our New Favorite Place - Reminds us of a place we ate at in Torino, Italy. The food and service are excellent.
  • Tessa L.
    Tessa LawDecember 11, 2015
    My favorite Italian restaurant in the city. There isn't a thing on the menu that isn't good but the piadina mozzarella are a must for appetizers.
  • Seline J.
    Seline JungOctober 28, 2015
    Home style hearty Italian. Nothing mind blowing though. Food came out lukewarm and VERY VERY FAST.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanOctober 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The best chicken Milanese and pasta in the city
  • Eric
    EricSeptember 26, 2015
    Wonderful gnocchi!
  • victoria m.
    victoria mcgillAugust 29, 2015
    Spinach gnocchi is bomb... I'm about to eat the last bit in one bite
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RayAugust 17, 2015
    Delicious food , great service
  • Michael N.
    Michael NataleJuly 31, 2015
    Gnocchi gnocchi gnocchi. Get the spinach or potato. Ask for whatever sauce you want - they mix and match the pastas no problem. Meatballs are great too
  • Alex R.
    Alex RichardsJuly 30, 2015
    This place is cash only - there is an ATM in the deli around the corner. The food is great, service is whatever, but be prepared to fall asleep after eating the gnocchi - It made me pass out. :)
  • Jipsta
    JipstaJuly 26, 2015
    Fantastic food and ambiance. Cash only though!
  • Caroline Kay Hwa T.
    Compared to other italian joints in the west village I'm going to give this is a 5.5. You can get a better bang for your buck elsewhere. Don't bother with the tiramisù as it is overrated indeed.
  • Val T.
    Val TJuly 2, 2015
    Get the spinach gnocchi, which is by far the best pasta here!
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerJune 23, 2015
    Definitely make a reservation.
  • Ayca A.
    Ayca AcunJune 16, 2015
    Special black ink linguini with shrimp... Omg to die for.. Also raw artichoke salad is must try!!!
  • Annie K.
    Annie KearnsMay 17, 2015
    Great pasta at this romantic dinner date spot. Snag a table outside and enjoy this quite corner in the west village, away from it all, it actually feels like you traveled to Italy.
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuApril 20, 2015
    calamari appetizer was delicious!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DalyMarch 9, 2015
    Gnocci! Wow. And the piadines to start
  • Maria R.
    Maria RiabtchenkoMarch 8, 2015
    The steak is amazing!! Need to come back for more
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    $11-14 pasta
  • Duygu B.
    Duygu BasaranFebruary 27, 2015
    I don't know why and how this place got 9.1. Maybe because it is on the cheap side. Pastas were mediocre. They did not take order until we asked and forgot the appetizers. However desserts were good.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroFebruary 14, 2015
    Don't leave without ordering the spinach gnocchi. It's one of the top 3 gnocchi dishes in the city!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    This is the West Village vibe that you want. Go here on a nice day, sit outside, take in the air, enjoy your meal, go stroll the West Village, grab a drink...but start it all here.
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartJanuary 20, 2015
    Good pasta. If you're outside, try and sit on the Washington side, not the Christopher side to avoid the traffic fumes.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DaVinciDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only! But really delicious food. The gnocchi is something not to be missed, specifically the spinach gnocchi.
  • Arman
    ArmanDecember 28, 2014
    Spinach gnochi!!!!
  • Brigette K.
    Brigette K.December 13, 2014
    Date night with my boyfriend! Very cozy and great food, cash only. Not too expensive. Sort of weird how they seat you, not many two tops. Be prepared to wait. Waiters nice but scatterbrained.
  • Sachin
    SachinDecember 11, 2014
    Penne arrabiata, always a good choice. My favorite Italian place in NYC
  • Hector
    HectorNovember 26, 2014
    Get the gnocchi. Make a reservation for this cash-only spot.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChuNovember 24, 2014
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurNovember 12, 2014
    Don't even play around. Get the spaghetti.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinNovember 3, 2014
    Fresh pasta is awesome and worth the trip, get the Spaghetti &/or spinach gnocchi
  • Angie P.
    Angie POctober 21, 2014
    Spinach gnocchi
  • emily c.
    emily chenOctober 19, 2014
    the spinach gnocchi and the ragu is what to get here. expect a wait and cash only!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 8, 2014
    Was taken on a first date here and really enjoyed it. Gnocchi was delish, scene was super cute, service was superb.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanOctober 2, 2014
    Only accepts cash. Great grilled Octopus
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeSeptember 24, 2014
    One of my all time favorite Italian restaurants in NY. The spinach gnocchi can turn your day around. Cash only!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniSeptember 20, 2014
    One of the highest value dinners in the area. Fresh, homemade pasta and sauces at a very affordable price. Highly recommended.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerSeptember 20, 2014
    Cash only. Get the spinach gnocchi. Excellent value.
  • Michael
    MichaelSeptember 14, 2014
    Do you have enough cash to pay for your dinner? (No credit cards accepted). Excellent homemade pastas.
  • raf p.
    raf pSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    transport yourself to a whole other place - amazing ambiance.
  • Drew J.
    Drew JenningsSeptember 4, 2014
    Amazing authentic Italian food. Try the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. It's cash only, though, so plan ahead.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissAugust 23, 2014
    Cute, casual, and somewhat romantic, with great outdoor seating. Food is superb, though the appetizers (bruschetta, etc.) were underwhelming.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluAugust 21, 2014
    It looks like a fun place to sit outside during summer.
  • Nik W.
    Nik WilliamsonAugust 13, 2014
    Holy lamb chops Batman. Best I've had in New York.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    If you come during peak hours and days, be prepared to wait, but there are plenty of places nearby to grab a drink, as well as the West Side Highway and Hudson River only one short block west. Read more
  • samantha h.
    samantha hankinsAugust 8, 2014
    *Unbelievably good.* Authentic Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere that reminded me of restaurants in Italy. Spaghetti alla chitarra! Tagliatelle in ragu! Inexpensive wine. What's not to love here!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WaxmanAugust 6, 2014
    Get the spinach gnocchi or the spaghetti! Also, cash only.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Enjoy the stuffed flatbread piadina, or the predictably great bolognese sauce, here called by its proper name of tagliatelle al ragu. Read more
  • Jack M.
    Jack MaitreJuly 18, 2014
    Tasty food, well prepared. A little pricey for the service, and cash only.
  • Niket S.
    Niket SanghviJune 11, 2014
    CASH ONLY! Also, cheap and delicious house wine :)
  • Emmanuel T.
    Emmanuel TrentinJune 1, 2014
    Great spinach gnocchi con Gorgonzola
  • AL
    ALMay 15, 2014
    Great food! Beware it's cash only!
  • Hector
    HectorApril 26, 2014
    Excellent date spot, but be prepared to wait. Noisy ambiance, good for crowds though. Spinach gnocchi is the best.
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonApril 16, 2014
    hidden gem, but cash only
  • Mike D.
    Mike DudasApril 5, 2014
    The spaghetti with fresh tomato, basil & mozzarella is an absolute revelation.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CassMarch 2, 2014
    The best lamb chops in NYC hands down. Get them.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyFebruary 23, 2014
    They don't take reservations for 3! And then tell you, you have 1 hr for Dinner! And the hostess doesn't make matters better (rude) the food comes fast though.calamari was good only gluten free thing
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisFebruary 23, 2014
    Incredibly rude hostess. Won't be back girl.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanFebruary 9, 2014
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO mussels (to die for), crostini (bruschetta, mushrooms prosciutto, Gorgonzola) spinach gnocchi, and spaghetti with basil and mozzarella. Cheap wine too!!
  • Mandi G.
    Mandi GrossJanuary 4, 2014
    spinach gnocchi, um why did it take so long for us to be introduced? will definitely go back again!
  • Abigail R.
    Abigail RNovember 22, 2013
    Flank steak and chianti.
  • Mara C.
    Mara CastroNovember 2, 2013
    Must have: spinach gnocchi
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 7, 2013
    This neighborhood gem takes those fluffy, pillow-like gnocchi dishes to a whole new level. The homemade Spinach Gnocchi is full of richness from the Gorgonzola cheese sauce – it’s a must order!
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺October 6, 2013
    Amazing penne arrabiata! Reminded me of my grandmas's sauces. And the spinach gnocchi was delicious, and light for a creamy sauce!
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SourineSeptember 22, 2013
    great pasta. but overrated.
  • Zephan
    ZephanSeptember 18, 2013
    Everything is delicious. You can't go wrong with one of their homemade pastas. Spinach gnocchi is a bit heavy but scrumptious.
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cozy, authentic Italian restaurant in the West Village, reasonably priced for excellent quality and portions. Grab a carafe of Sangiovese, order the Spinach Gnocchi and relax under the stars.
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinSeptember 10, 2013
    Cash only in 2013. The fresh pastas are killer, and the Primativo is fruity and bright, but the service is mediocre. Waiter stopped paying attention after the bill was left - better have exact change!
  • Katie A.
    Katie ASeptember 5, 2013
    Delicious tagliatelle ragu, and the grilled calamari appetizer was excellent.
  • Ashley
    AshleySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spinach Gnocchi can't be beat!
  • Martin C.
    Martin C.August 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My new local favorite. The food makes me close my eyes, the service makes me feel welcome :-)
  • Mary H.
    Mary HurdAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Calamari, every time.
  • Kat Y.
    Kat YuAugust 26, 2013
    Spinach gnocchi!
  • Dee N.
    Dee NAugust 20, 2013
    Spinach Gorgonzola gnocchi is out of this world good. Pick a day when the weather is great and sit outside. Wine carafes are affordable and the location is perfect for a little people-watching. #CPL8
  • Walker H.
    Walker HardenAugust 11, 2013
    Chicken cutlet was perfectly done. Chicken arugula tomatoes and Parmesan were a perfect combination. Ate it too fast for a picture ...
  • Sudhi
    SudhiAugust 8, 2013
    Spinach gnocchi is so good. They accept cash only.
  • Jodee R.
    Jodee RuppelAugust 4, 2013
    My fave Italian joint in NYC. Call ahead to get your name on the list.
  • John D.
    John DolciJuly 30, 2013
    The grilled calamari with arugula is out of this world.
  • Ann H.
    Ann HortonJune 27, 2013
    Spaghetti was incredible, simple and fresh.
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SchwabJune 27, 2013
    The spinach gnocchi is to die for!!!
  • Alexi P.
    Alexi PotterJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Refreshing to find a truly authentic Italian restaurant. Excellent food, wine, and atmosphere. Cash only.
  • Yasmin Z.
    Yasmin Zar-BlockJune 16, 2013
    This place is one if my favorite restaurants for dinner in NYC. Candlelit romantic vibe, authentic Italian fare, great staff, and chock full of gorgeous people to stare at. Prices are great too.
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiFebruary 13, 2015
    I calamari alla griglia!
  • Tules Y.
    Tules YeginJanuary 9, 2015
    Spaghetti alla chitarra!
  • La Pépée
    La PépéeAugust 18, 2014
    Super petit restau italien, loin des touristes, dans le super quartier de West Village.
  • Silvia
    SilviaJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Real Italian Trattoria! finalmente un posto a Manhattan dove si mangia veramente bene! Ambiente carino e non formale.
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