Date visited: 5th May 2013
MerlinFan and I had wanted to try Maccaroni Trattoria Italiana for quite some time now. It has an impressive rating on Urbanspoon and MerlinFan was in the mood for something cheesy, so both of us and AH made haste there this windy Sunday.
Maccaroni was easy to find down Manchester lane with its red and white signage and hanging plants.
|Pasta and cakes!|
|Just to tempt you...|
There were menus on each table. MerlinFan and I noted with amusement that they were proud of their Urbanspoon status.
Most of the pastas were written in their Italian name, which made you want to pronounce them like "Marghe-riiii-ti!" in Inglourious Basterds. Or alternatively, the Aldo Raine way, whichever you prefer.
However, once our orders were put through, food came quickly.
AH is semi-vegetarian - semi because she occasionally eats chicken and fish too. Today, she chose the Gnocchi Sorrentina, which was homemade potato gnocchi with Napoli sauce, basil and mozzarella. The gnocchi were smaller than your traditional gnocchi - they were delicate with just the slightest bite, not at all gluggy or stodgy. AH enjoyed it.
|Gnocchi Sorrentina $14|
Firstly we had the Baked Maccaroni Incasciati, which was maccaroni pasta with Napoli sauce and mozzarella cheese baked au gratin, with mince meatballs and eggplant. This dish was pretty yummy too with the nicely seasoned meatballs and baked eggplant interspersed within the macaroni. I thought it could have been cheesier, although AH and MerlinFan commented that the Napoli sauce was really salty. AH tasted the maccaroni and pointed out gladly that it wasn't a "rubber hose" which was how she fondly referred to the pasta we all had in Italy due to its al dente-ness. (Though personally I enjoyed the al-dente quality to it and don't think there was a single pasta experience I didn't enjoy there)
|Baked Maccaroni Incasciati $15.50|
|Four cheese Ravioloni $20|
Verdict? To quote Sheldon Cooper, "Mmm mmm mmm, that's Eye-talian."
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