Over the festive season, we had an evening to ourselves amidst the rush to visit friends and family on the island of Malta. We chose to go out and ended up looking for a spot to eat in Paceville which is Malta’s entertainment mecca. Virtually every type of restaurant, club and bar is available in this small town which makes it convenient if you’re looking for a night on the tiles.
After wrestling with the traffic, we deposited our trusty rental car into a reasonably secure spot and walked towards Paceville. On our left, the soft sound of the sea licked the shore as the stars gazed at us. It was a lovely temperate Mediterranean evening despite being late December. Ahead of us, the sounds of tub-thumping music could be heard and we walked towards it while we wondered where to eat.
We chose an eatery at the Bay Street complex which has a multitude of shops as well as restaurants. Given the good weather, we were not the only people who wanted to eat on the terrace but we were lucky enough to find a free table. The waiter showed us to our tables and whisked a couple of menus from somewhere.
We ignored the other staff as they dashed to and fro with plates heaving with food, trays containing many drinks and leather wallets hiding tips. We took a few minutes to look at the menu. They had the following specialities (please bear in mind that in Malta, English is a first language):
- Cheese “apices” in the Deep Pan Pizza
- “Bofola” Mozzarella
- A Marinara pizza with “shripms” and (only) half “sheels”.
- A Capricciosa pizza with “tomaato” sauce
- A Funghi pizza with “mashrooms”
- A Pescatore (seafood platter) which is “delicious and taste”
- A Polipo octopus dish with “cheery” tomatoes
My partner asked what I was having.
“Anything that’s spelt properly.”
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