In Malta, we sure do love some proper Italian food – just don’t tell the Italians that some of us still put peas in our carbonara…
We are lucky to have neighbours with such good taste in food and their proximity has definitely influenced us.
One of the high points of the Italian gastronomic experience is the wide variety of the regional variations which can only be experienced authentically in the actual country.
Luckily for us, in Malta we have several exponents who provide excellent traditional and contemporary examples of Italian food.
1. Trattoria ‘a Lanterna cucina Ligure, Buġibba
Liguria is a seaside region in the North-West of Italy. It is mostly famous for the invention of Pesto, and its matching pasta, Trofie.
Seafood and vegetables especially beans are also a speciality. This award winning trattoria provides an authentic sample of regional specialities.
2. Ortygia Food Experience, Valletta
Ortygia is a little island that is the historical centre of Syracuse, Sicily. This restaurant brings us a slice of Sicily from our neighbouring island renown for its simple yet astounding food.
3. Trattoria Da Pippo, Valletta
One of the longest standing restaurants of high repute in Valletta, Da Pippo’s is popular with business people and socialites who are after a long, lavish, exquisite lunch.
4. Tosca Restaurant, Mellieħa
If you love authentic Mediterranean food, you’ll love Tosca. This award-winning restaurant serves most Mediterranean classics, plus daily specialities and fresh seafood.
5. Pappanis, Valletta
This Valletta (yes I know! But Valletta does have a high concentration of restaurants), eatery comes highly recommended for great Italian food. Make sure to put in a reservation.
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6. La Buona Trattoria del Nonno, St Paul’s Bay
Set on the grounds of a beautiful old Palazzo, this popular trattoria serves a wide variety of quality Italian foods. Possessing a traditional wood-burning oven they offer authentic pizza and delicious roast meats besides seafood and yummy pasta dishes.
7. Anciova Sicilian Restaurant, Gżira
Another Sicilian restaurant located at The Strand where you can find a bounty of goodness from the largest island in the Mediterranean.
You can find restaurants just like this and more on Lovin Malta’s awesome food directory Lovin Restaurants.
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