Maltese for sausage. ‘Zalzett tal-Malti’ to specifically refer to Maltese sausage. Maltese sausage is one of the few charcuteries still made in local butcher shops. It is basically a pork sausage seasoned with salt, garlic, parsley, crushed black peppercorns and crushed coriander seeds. Even though it is a pork sausage, it is consumed raw by locals.
Interestingly enough, the way this ‘Maltese’ sausage is prepared, is influenced by the British (no wonder, since Malta spent 164 years under British rule) according to Portuguese traditions.
The word has obvious vulgar connotations in Maltese idiom, owing to its quite straightforward phallic shape. Preferring to be prudent, a good example of ‘zalzett’ in Maltese idiom would be ‘Iż-żmien itwal miz-zalzett’ (Age is longer than sausage) referring to the endless length of time.
Maltese for a singular loaf of bread. No meal is complete in a Maltese household without this kitchen staple. Traditionally, the Maltese loaf is a sourdough bread baked in wood-fired ovens, giving its thick dark-brown crust. The traditional classic is ‘Ħobż biż-żejt’ (bread with oil) which refers to a sandwich with kunserva (tomato paste), olive oil and occasionally canned tuna. Read More »
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we look back to enjoy a few food items or ingredients as we find them used in the Maltese vernacular. Maldonado Bistro has always persisted in trying to be creative and forward looking. But for the time being, we hope you enjoy reading, as much as we enjoyed researching how the Maltese used their favourite gourmet items not only in the kitchen but also to express themselves in the most of articulate manners in their daily lives. Sliem! (Be blessed, in Maltese)
After two dry years, it seems that 2018 will be a good year for wine makers after healthy rainfall we experienced around the Maltese Islands this past winter. We have seen great leaps in quality in Maltese and Gozitan wines which augurs well for the future of the wine industry in Malta. Read More »
Next week Victoria will once again be in full throttle as we celebrate the feast of Santa Marija. As everyone enjoys the August heat and summer reaches its peak, we have decided to entend our opening hours to make sure we can accommodate the several visitors to Gozo, most especially those passing by in Victoria. Read More »
Our next wine tasting is going to be held on Tuesday, 7th August 2018. Starting at 8pm, the event in held in our open kitchen space above our bistro. Guests attending this wine tasting session will have the opportunity to try eight Maltese and Gozitan wines which we currently serve on our wine list. The selection is a balanced choice giving guests the opportunity to try wines made with Maltese indigenous grapes like Girgentina and Gellewza but also provide an opportunity to try some of the best Maltese and Gozitan wines available on the market. Read More »
When?? Tuesday, 24th July 2018 at 19:30
We are organising a wine tasting event in our open kitchen space above our bistro. Guests attending this wine tasting session will have the opportunity to try eight Maltese and Gozitan wines which we currently serve on our wine list. The selection is a balanced choice giving guests the opportunity to try wines made with Maltese indigenous grapes like Girgentina and Gellewza but also provide an opportunity to try some of the best Maltese and Gozitan wines available on the market. Read More »
It has been a year now since we started to source the beef on our menu locally from Gozo. It is customer here in Malta and Gozo to feature imported beef on menus. Be it from Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland, or South America, diners have this impression that local beef is of inferior quality. Read More »
July is here and on the third Sunday of the month, every year, Victoria celebrates the grande feast of St. George. It is a great time to be in Victoria as the streets are decorated for the feast in full pomp and circumstance. St. George’s Basilica is a must to visit this time of the year, busy with religious celebration supported by lovely sacred music and chant. Read More »
We are excited to announce a new exhibition we are hosting for the summer months in collaboration with ‘House of Gozo’. The exhibition is a wide selection of impressive and vivid decorative graphic prints themed on Gozo. Read More »