Thursday, May 14, 2015

Restaurants in the West Village always have a different vibe compared to those in SoHo, midtown or uptown. Due to the quiet atmosphere in the village, most restaurants are authentic with a private and intimate feel. The Italian restaurant called Malaparte, which is located on Washington Street, is known for its rustic and relaxing ambiance as well as their quality Italian food.

There are many Italian restaurants in New York with a generic menu. However, Malaparte does a great job of mixing authenticity with classic Italian dishes. Although this restaurant is cash only, they have exceedingly reasonable prices for the quality of food. The thin-crust pizzas, the house-made pastas and the selection of red and white wines are what keep making people (including us) come back!

The Di Porcini Tartufata pizza is one of our favorites. It's topped with mushrooms, mozzarella, truffle oil and grana. The size is pretty big but even after eating 3 slices, we had enough room to eat more since the ingredients were very organic, therefore not making us feel heavy after eating. If you're craving truffle oil but not in the mood for pizza, try the Garganelli ai Funghi Porcini! This truffle oil pasta has a savory taste with the perfect amount of sauce. As for appetizers, the Dadi di Tonno Scottato e Avocado is ideal due to this fresh and natural taste. Although the portion is small, it comes in simple cubes of tuna surrounded by pieces of frisée and is covered in a lemony dressing. 

Besides the food, good service is key to a good restaurant. There is a constant presence of friendly and attentive service here at Malaparte. Also, although it's a small setting, this restaurant is great for big groups! It is a comfortable setting where everyone can sit close to each other, but not painfully close.

If you're ever in the area, definitely make a visit to this quant, sophisticated and European-style Italian restaurant. You will definitely be satisfied! Look below to see what are our favorite dishes are that we mentioned from above!

Wine bar

Di Rucola E Prosciutto di Parma pizza & Garganelli ai Funghi Porcini pasta

Dadi di Tonno Scottato e Avocado

Di Porcini Tartufata

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