Dining in Malta

21 Feb

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Our first night in Malta, if you will remember, we sought shelter from the slings and arrows of lost luggage. Unbeknownst to us, Cellini, the restaurant we luckily found right around the corner is ranked #1 restaurant in Malta by Trip Advisor. And we know why. The food that night was wonderful. Unfortunately we were so tired we only managed to take photos of the wine (local and excellent) and soup (a deeply flavored broccoli topped with fresh croutons sautéed in local olive oil) before we lost ourselves in the meal.

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Since then we have eaten at other good restaurants here. Presentations are beautiful. Sauces and cheeses are outstanding. The salad above many of you may recognize as a variation of Caprese, artfully arranged with a swirl of balsamic vinegar. The cheese is melt in your mouth, fresh mozzarella. This restaurant, Melita Gardens, was tucked in a small garden next to the Palace of the President of Malta.

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Dana’s salad was a quinoa seafood. Unlike many bread sticks we have eaten over the years these were fresh and flavorful. We finished the meal with deep chocolate, macadamia nut cake and Malteze raspberry cake.

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Sundried tomatoes are served every way imaginable here, especially good on the local bread for bruschetta. At Da’ Pippo Trattoria in Valletta our colorful waiter gave us a whole bowl drenched in olive oil. We finished it before the main course of seafood pasta with octopus, shrimp and tiny mussels. The pasta was fresh and the seafood based wine sauce was terrific.

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Again a fresh pasta seafood dish but this time it is prawn stuffed ravioli at another Naxxar restaurant Ta’ Stringi near our house. The ravioli is black as it is made with squid ink.

Watch for more food articles in the coming weeks. We are just beginning to understand the cuisine of Malta and will learn along with you.

6 Responses to “Dining in Malta”

  1. Annuu February 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    Mama Mia, that looks and sounds amazing! Love the black pasta and seafood ! Meanwhile Fantan is munching on her dry food and I am enjoying my toast with goat cheese listening to the wind! Life is good here too!

    • Jill February 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

      Sounds good. A little windy here today too but sunny with clear blue skies.

  2. Richard Thurston February 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Yum. I see you’re making the best of things. Intrigued by the Malteze raspberry cake.

    • Jill February 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      No pic. Dana just wanted to eat it.

  3. Derek February 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    It’s a good thing I’ve just eaten. Otherwise I’m sure I would drown in a tsunami of saliva. Wow you make it look good and sound good. Thanks for making my armchair travel so delightful.

    • Jill February 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      My pleasure.

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