I have a widely popular and accepted theory- soulmates exist, and that soulmate is pasta. It’s hot on most days, it brings you love and comfort, and it’s Italian. And when it is consumed in moderation, it can be very healthy for you, with its low-glycaemic index and ability to provide immediate energy (or, if you’re more like me, a very sound post-lunch nap). There’s literally nothing like it, so here’s our list of five of the best pasta places in Malta! (Rule of thumb- if they make their carbonara using cream, just walk away).
Pasta & co
Located in Msida, this restaurant boasts of a single catch-phrase: “genuinita’, semplicita’…e amore”, which translates into “Genuity, simplicity…and love”- the perfect spell when it comes to pasta. It is located on the Ta’ Xbiex Seafront, a most ideal setting to a plate of pasta. This restaurant offers fresh artisanal pasta, paired with classic and ingenious sauces alike. Pasta & co also offers a delivery service, for those of us who prefer to eat their pastas privately…
Fifty Nine Republic
This restaurant is not specifically a pasta restaurant, however, it is still worth a visit, not only for its delicious food, but also for the beautifully and artistically plates dishes. Their use of fresh herbs and edible flowers make the food look like a work of art. Chef Maria Sammut’s main focus is on fresh seasonal produce, therefore the pasta is guaranteed to be absolutely scrumptious. Visit fifty nine republic in Valletta today!
Trattoria Romana Zero Sei
This place comes highly recommended by the locals- described as a “seated journey”, this Valletta restaurant focuses on the experience of the food. Their cuisine is strictly Roman- a mix of Mediterranean tastes and varieties. However, as some of us know very well, Rome is known for two delicacies- “la carbonara”: made with fresh pasta, creamy egg yolk and guanciale (pork cheeks) and “Cacio e Pepe”: a fresh pasta mix of pecorino Romano and pepper. Simply put- it would be a sin to miss these two!
Another restaurant that offers home-made artisanal pasta, with a major plus- the flour that is used for the pasta is one hundred percent organic, with gluten-free options including buckwheat and hemp seed- this tiny Valletta locale has it all, from traditional Italian pasta plates, to special fusion pastas. The fresh pasta is displayed for your choosing, and the sauce combinations are in one word- divine. A total, definite, must-try.
Another authentic Italian restaurant, this restaurant needs no introduction. Situated in Sliema, this popular joint uses only D.O.P. products (Denominazione di Origine Protetta)- it’s a guarantee that the food was made by local farmers and artisans, using traditional methods, signifying the quality and authenticity of the ingredients used. Their must-try pastas include Spaghetti alle Vongole, their traditional Carbonara and their beautiful Amatriciana. Absolutely divine!
So what are we waiting for? Time to fill up on pasta!