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The Best Italian Restaurants in Valletta

  • Apr 18, 2020

Our favorite Italian restaurants in Valletta!

With Malta being so close to Italy, it comes as no surprise that the capital city of Valletta is host to a tonne of Italian restaurants. This is perfectly the reason why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Italian restaurants in Valletta to help you in distinguishing the authentic eateries from the tourist traps.

  1.     Trattoria Romana Zero Sei

Trattoria Romana Zero Sei prides itself in being an authentic Roman restaurant. The restaurant’s cuisine aims to reflect the history, culture and the people of the great city of Rome, here in the heart of Malta’s capital. The chefs use raw Italian ingredients to interpret Roman recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The warm and welcoming faces of the staff encapsulate the authentic Roman experience and the familial atmosphere that’s associated with la dolce vita. Special recommendations include their saltimbocca, tiramisu and their Pecorino cheese and black pepper pasta.

  1.       Mandraggio

If you’re looking for an authentic pizza place in Valletta, look no further! While it’s mostly known for its glorious pizza, the menu also includes Italian staples such as pasta and various antipasti. The small interior and the excellent service make for an exclusive experience that you’ll never forget. Thankfully, the restaurant also offers outside tables, which is an excellent option considering that Malta enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine per year.

  1.     Papannis

Pappanis‘ food can be distinguished by its homemade quality that aims to make each and every visitor nostalgic for simpler times. The interior is small but cosy, and the staff members are always ready to answer every question with a warm smile. We can’t recommend their ravioli, fish soup and desserts enough…best of all the prices are reasonable considering the quality. Make sure that you reserve a table from beforehand, as this restaurant is always busy.

  1.       Pastaus 

As you can probably guess from the name, Paustaus specialises in fresh, homemade pasta. In addition to this speciality, the chefs at Pastaus lovingly prepare all of the sauces and toppings available. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere makes for a great night out with friends…since who doesn’t like pasta, right? Pick and choose your favourite combination, and prepare to embark on an indulgent and soulful food journey with every single bite.

  1.     Trabuxu Bistro

Trabuxu Bistro was established by Krista and Karl Fenech Soler, to create a restaurant that does not only serve food but provides a 360-degree Mediterranean experience. The interior’s warm, rich tones and the art pieces that adorn the restaurant instinctively make the customer indulge in a quasi-decadent experience enhanced by visual stimuli, flowing wine and quality dishes. The menu fuses Italian and Mediterranean flavours, creating an innovative blend that’s distinctively Trabuxu.