Have you ever been so hungry or tired after a tour that you would eat anything…..or maybe it’s the need to relax after being with a group for two hours? That’s how I felt after disembarking from a two-hour harbor cruise in Malta. After landing on the dock in Sliema, I immediately crossed the street and grabbed a table at the first in a string of waterfront eateries – this was Da Vanti (2 Ix-Xatt, Sliema, Malta).
To be honest, I hadn’t come to expect much after three days of local cuisine, which was much too salty. Yet, I thought I would give Da Vanti a try when I saw ‘Matriciana on the menu. I had never had it outside of Rome, except when my love cooked it for me, but I was not disappointed here. Da Vanti’s dish was innovative. The sauce was thick and clung to the pasta just right. The nice surprise was in their choice of bacon. I do not know if it was guanciale or pancetta but it was smoked and sweet. It gave an interesting twist to my favorite Roman pasta dish, which they also served over penne instead of the traditional Roman bucatini.
There are many, many choices along Sliema’s waterfront and while the waitstaff could be a bit more pleasant, the food was tutto perfetto.