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The 6 Best Italian Restaurants in Malta
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The 6 Best Italian Restaurants in Malta

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Italy is geographically very close to Malta, with only the Italian island of Sicily between them. Naturally, this means that there is much cultural exchange between the two countries, and many excellent Italian restaurants can be found across Malta. Here’s our guide to some of the best.
Marinated Grilled Swordfish
Marinated Grilled Swordfish | © Jon Sullivan/ wikicommons
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Cafe Sicilia

Cafe Sicilia is located on the Tigne Seafront. It has a charming atmosphereand serves all kinds of seafood dishes cooked in traditional Sicilian style. Try dishes such as Pesce Spada alla Griglia (Grilled Swordfish) as well as numerous pasta dishes and authentic Sicilian pizza, including focaccia pizza, which has extra virgin olive oil, parmesan shavings, olives, oregano and sundried tomatoes.

25, Sliema Seafront, Sliema +356 79913949

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Situated in the middle of Malta’s bustling capital city Valletta, Papannis sells exceptional, authentic Italian cuisine which meets the highest standards of taste and quality. They use fresh, seasonal ingredients and combine modern creativity with the traditional Italian style of cooking. With a bare Maltese limestone wall and chic wooden furniture, Papannis’s interior is equally as delightful.

55 Strait St, Valletta +356 27220031

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With classy white, black and grey furniture, Mareluna is a venue for upstyle dining. The Italian chef uses specifically imported Italian products in his dishes to create a truly authentic experience. Popular mains include Pasta Nella Forma di Parmigiano (pasta cooked in parmesan), Fusilli Allo Scoglio and Pasta 3 Colore. You can enjoy desserts such as the classic Cassata Siciliana or Tiramisu Italiano, and a glass of delicious Italian red or white wine.

Triq Milner, Sliema +356 21313181

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St. Julian’s Bay, Malta | © Kotivalo/WikiCommons
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Piccolo Padre

A family-run restaurant with restaurant seating jutting right out over the water, Piccolo Padre is an incredibly unique place to eat. The restaurant is situated in an 18th century maid’s quarter of a Maltese Villa and the owners have previously received an award from Din L-Art Helwa (Malta’s National Trust) for retaining the original features of the old, beautiful building.

195 George Borg Olivier St, St Julian’s

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Comparucci prides itself on fresh produce and exquisite Italian cuisine. It is quite a small restaurant, seating only fifty people. The primi (first course) dish – pasta with mussels, cherry tomatoes, shrimp, vongole and zucchini – is especially fantastic, and a work of art in itself. For the main course, fillet with nero d’avola is highly recommended. For dessert, cannolo Siciliano scomposto and parfait di pistacchi are wonderful, traditional desserts.

Triq Paceville Ave, St. Julian’s +356 20106800

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Ristorante I Malavoglia

Taking its name from the famous novel by Italian author Giovanni Verga, Ristorante I Malavoglia is a small restaurant run by a Sicilian family passionate about genuinely good food. The restaurant is simply and brightly decorated with cream walls and tablecloths, and mahogany brown furniture. Serving sizes are generous and plates are beautifully curated.

83, George Borg Olivier Street, Saint Julian’s +356 99944340