Food in Malta is not going to give you a hard time, as everywhere on the island you will find quality flavors for every taste. The Maltese cuisine is an alloy of Mediterranean/Arabic/Italian/English and other flavors. As a matter of fact, all peoples that lived on the island left their mark on the Maltese cuisine!
The main kind of meat on the island is rabbit, while horse meat is also high on the locals’ preferences. But Malta is also an expert on good fish. With the fishing village of Marsaxlokk as their main supplier, restaurants and taverns daily serve fresh fish in every form (fried, soup, baked and in pies!). Furthermore, we should highlight that everywhere on the island you will find pasta, pizza and freshly-baked bread!
Bread in Malta has always played a definitive role, as poverty was much extended. For this reason they made use of stale bread, even as pastries. Nowadays, these recipes not only remain on the menu, but are also served with a modern twist.
And let us not forget the Maltese wines. They may not be that famous, as the Italian or French ones, yet they are noteworthy and much more affordable. For a complete two-person meal the average cost is 30€ without wine and 45€ with wine. The ones that prefer more economical solutions will find a lot of them. We simply mention that one can fill up on three pastizzi that cost 1€ in total! Of course, pizza, kebab, Ftira and other delicacies enrich the street food options…
Do not leave the island without having tried the Lampuki fish in soup, baked or in a pie, the traditional rabbit (fenek) fried or stew, the special Bragioli (stuffed beef), the vegetarian Kapunata, the classic hobz biz-zejt (bruschetta), the Ftira (Maltese bread with filling) and the Pastizzi filled with ricotta, peas or chicken. To quench your thirst drink Kinnie (local refreshment) or Cisk (traditional beer), and, finally, feed your sweet tooth with the exquisite cannoli, Pudina tal hobz (pudding), halva and the incredible Imqaret (stuffed pastries).
Important: a) In order to get a table (in quality restaurants), you will have to make reservations 2-3 days earlier, otherwise you will end up eating fast food or food of mediocre quality! b) The greatest advantage of the Maltese cuisine is that they serve dishes made only with in-season products.