The city of Barcelona echoes the expansion for the particular temple of fresh Italian pasta. This is how Macchina Pasta grew into opening three new restaurants in just one year – the last of them in the 1 Parliament. A desired chamfer turned into an Italian pasta bar.
Its flamboyant red color draws attention to the corner of one of the busiest streets in the city. A gastro-addicted neighborhood where Macchina Pasta arouses intense feelings of belonging to the Italian tradition that makes us worship all mammas. Even the name is a nod to every Italian home where you can’t use a machine to make homemade pasta.
A local that takes the cake, proud to have fresh products from Italy in a kitchen open to the public where you are the chef. A kind of takeout format that reminds us of other local franchises where you choose what you want and how you want it yourself. Here they have all types of pasta and sauces to suit the customer.
We are astonished by the wondrous decoration, and delve into the depths of Macchina Pasta incited by Giacomo, the heart and soul of this place. Pulled in by the aroma of the kitchen, the colorful panorama of products and an exceptional recommendation; we note in the menu our favorite sauces while watching as they don’t stop dropping pasta from their macchina.
Already seated, we open our mouths to a selection of three Italian sauces accompanied by toasted bread. We continue with a burrata salad served on a bed of arugula, balsamic oil and cherry tomatoes. The antipasto before our pasta.
Pasta, revered treasure! We decided on their gnocchi with basil pesto. A classic that we share with some egg fusili with tomato sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and arugula. The final point is two homemade desserts, their blueberry panna cotta and a tiramisu. Two addictive sweets that leave us wanting more. We leave with a full stomach, a happy wallet, and counting down the days until we try their homemade ravioli again.
Macchina Pasta, home of pasta in the district of Sant Antoni. The pasta like at home!
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from noon to 11:00pm | Thursday to Saturday from noon to midnight
Average price: 8€
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Anel González