Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine Review Posted in: Pasta Makers, Reviews – Tags: , , ,

Marcato are an Italian company specializing in pasta makers, available in eight different colors the Atlas pasta machine is one of the favorites on Amazon. With nearly 1000 reviews I decided to try it myself, here is my review of the 150 mm.

Being a manual pasta maker, I was skeptical of how well it would work, I have had my problems with pasta makers that need manual rolling throughout the years. Generally ending in me scrubbing the machine for all it’s worth while looking at a failed attempt at ravioli. Nonetheless I guess I was feeling brave.

The design

The Marcato Atlas pasta machine is comprised of heavy duty stainless steel with rollers made from anodized duralumin, upon checking exactly what this was I was directed to a Wikipedia page that states ‘Anodization changes the microscopic texture of the surface and changes the crystal structure of the metal near the surface’. I assume that they know what they’re doing!

Atlas Marcato Pasta Machine on Amazon

Available in eight colours it matches pretty much any kitchen not taking up much space and adding a funky effect to the countertop. The hand crank is made of steel with plastic handles so it looks as durable as it feels without compromising on general comfort. The handle feels well-engineered and upon starting to make pasta it becomes clear that you get what you pay for.

Pasta quality

At this point my apprehension setting once again, once I had added egg flour and water together to create my dough I secured the Atlas 150 mm to the countertop using the clamp in the side of the machine. I made sure it was flat enough to fit through the machine adding flour to stop it sticking to the rollers, once I started feeding it through between the two rollers I turned the handle on the side and voilà! There was my pasta flattened. I then re-fed it through the machine once more on a different setting and it came out exceptionally thin, I was quite impressed with how thin it was frankly!

I then used one of the attachments to make ravioli while dread filled inside me, reminding myself of scrubbing my old pasta maker while simultaneously resenting the finished product. Thankfully it didn’t repeat itself here, it came out in a beautiful ravioli shape and left me wanting to try the other attachments.

Cleaning

Cleanup is very simple with the Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine, instead of scrubbing for nearly half an hour. Just use a pastry brush to dust off flour and excess pasta, one tip I have read is sending a wax paper sheet through the rollers to dislodge any remains while lubricating the cutters.

Amazon reviews and rating

With nearly 1000 reviews to date the Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine now has a score of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars, one of the best in its class with an absolutely incredible 93% giving 4/5 or better. The reviews state how well-built the machine is while staying minimal and stylish. There are many compliments about the quality of pasta made using the Atlas and many recipes within the reviews. There aren’t many negatives to find within reviews however one I found personally frustrating was the lack of attachments that come with this pasta maker, I would have appreciated a couple of the attachments being included in the box however you can buy them separately.

Overall I’ve enjoyed my experience using the Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine and would happily recommend it to anyone who would like to make great tasting fresh pasta at home!

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