Pastizzi are Malta’s most loved national snack! As typical street food, pastizzi are the Maltese version of an empanada, samosa or calzone you’ll find in other parts of the world. These flaky filo-like pastries enclose different fillings. The most common you’ll find on the island are the ones with mashed peas and fresh ricotta cheese. Recipes are handed down from father to son as closely kept secrets.
On our recent trip to the Maltese islands, we were shown the best places to eat this national little treasure. Do not be mistaken though: people also friendly mentioned we’ll had to run for 45 min before our bodies could burn down only one (!) pastizz. Which, obviously none of us did – we decided to share several calorie packed pastizzi. They are finger licking good anyway.
After our horseback riding afternoon in Bidnija, we felt as if we could eat a horse. (no kidding) Our four hangry tummies found their way to The Premier in Mosta, a local pastizzeria highly recommended by the lady from the stables. Located next to the Rotunda church of Mosta, this small pastizzeria is basically nothing more than a hole in the wall, serving great local snacks. When taking a first bit of the piping hot pastries, our eyes met the ones of the friendly owner’s young son. He smiled big when he saw our unanimous enthusiastic reaction to the tasteful pastries.
Another great place to try pastizzi is at The Crystal Palace is just outside the walled city Mdina, which is open nearly around the clock. This cheap run-down cafe is full of local old men sitting around, thoroughly enjoying a pastizz and drinking tea or instant coffee in Pyrex glasses while watching the world go by. We enjoyed our pastizzi while strolling through medevial Mdina at dusk.