Pasta for Italians is probably a daily thing. Something simple, yet so rich and varying. Maltagliati, a traditional rustic-feel trattoria specializing in handmade pasta in Athens, is a quiet and cosy home away from home for those Italian food lovers.
I first visited their outpost in the urban neighbourhood of Abelokipoi many years ago with a friend that had then recommended this place for its pasta during the truffle season. What I first noticed about this place was its quiet and downtempo vibes, making it a perfect choice for a simple yet wholesome meal – perfect for any daily occasion. The second thing was the special addition of truffle dishes on the seasonal menu! And to top that off, some honest red Merlot to go with it.
The owners, Antonio and Alexandros, have been manning two outposts of Maltagliati (another one is found further south in the area of Palio Faliro) for the last 10 years, preparing fresh handmade pasta almost daily! So, before looking even at the menu it’s best you ask what is off the menu!
Apart from a rich-flavoured pumpkin soup we tried the last time we visited, we also enjoyed a couple of starters: Italian antipasti, an assortment of sun-dried tomatoes and matured artichokes, and Scarmoza, an South Italian mild-flavoured cow’s milk cheese. The pasta we tried were phenomenal! An authentic dish of beef ragu maltagliati (minus the tomato sauce but with great texture) and a fettuccine with butter and truffle shavings – ugh, made from heaven.
All in all, a great experience especially for the price paid. With just one caveat on the available parking space around the narrow busy streets of Abelokipoi. So be prepared and be determined!