There is something refreshing about occasionally doing prep work without the need to plug anything in. The knife may be the ultimate in manually operated prep tools, but when it comes to specialty preparation, usually there is an energy-eating gadget on hand. Pasta preparation, even though it is thousands of years old, is no exception in the modern world.
The Italian-made Atlas Pasta Machine is a perfect example of old-timey tech that still has a place in today's kitchen. The hand-crank machine creates four types of pasta in a variety of thicknesses. With a few turns of the handle, you could be making fettuccine, spaghetti, tagliolini or just a flat dough sheet. Noodle size is controlled via an onboard nine-position dial that cranks out pastas from 0.3 millimeters to 2.5 millimeters in thickness.
The chrome-plated steel body and nickel-plated rollers look stunning in any modern kitchen. Like any good kitchen gadget, this one has accessories available. Both a lasagna attachment and a ravioli attachment are available separately. But perhaps most importantly for the modern home cook, a motor drive attachment is available too. Old-world styling and rustic charm are certainly appealing, but sometimes it is nice just to plug something in.