Craving a culinary treat? Then why not order pizza? Being an island just below Italy, we give it value just as much as the Italians do, so ordering pizza is always a satisfying decision which will fulfil your appetite.
What kind of pizza will you find in Malta? Local pizzerias mostly serve Italian pizza, in some cases made by Italian chefs. It’s easy to find original Neapolitan pizza in Malta, with its thin and hand-tossed crust, good quality tomato sauce- originally with San Marzano tomatoes, and mozzarella di bufala Campana. Usual cheese used is mozzarella (or Buffalo mozzarella), pecorino romano and ricotta. Pizzerias in Malta usually import original cheeses from Italy, thus making the quality of the cheese very high and making the pizza taste like a traditional Italian one.
Pizzerias usually offer a wide range of pizzas to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Capricciosas, BBQ chicken, funghi and Hawaiian pizzas, marinara, quattro formaggi, quattro stagioni and pepperoni pizzas are very common throughout various outlets. Whether you want it brimming with meat, seafood, or vegetables, you will definitely satisfy your appetite. If you’re a foreigner on holiday in Malta we suggest you try out our traditional Maltese one. You’d be able to try out the authentic, fresh and unique flavours of Maltese cheeselets (gbejniet), sun dried tomatoes, Maltese sausages and olives. Calzones (closed pizzas) are also renowned. Most pizza restaurants offer unique specials which would normally include a considerable number of both meat and vegetable toppings. Dessert pizzas are also gaining popularity.
Vegetarian options are quite diverse as most restaurants make use of locally grown fresh vegetables such as mushrooms, aubergines, spinach, artichokes, onions, bell peppers and much more. Thus, such thing as a healthy pizza can be ordered.
Despite all the possible options you can indulge in, some say the best way to judge a pizzeria is by ordering a Margherita in order to truly taste the quality of the crust, tomato sauce and cheese.
In today’s world, pizza places are also introducing pizzas for specific dietary intolerances such as gluten free pizzas and lactose free ones. These are still not widely produced locally so we’d suggest you give them a phone call or check out their menu beforehand to confirm whether they do produce these kind of dietary pizzas.
Although these places offer a specific pizza menu, they normally offer the possibility of adding additional toppings at a small extra fee and customising your pizza according to your preferences.
As mentioned before, local pizzas are traditionally made up of a thin crust, which is synonymous with the Italian crust. Apart from customising toppings, some places also enable you to customise the crust. Options include cheesy crusts, deep pan pizzas, stuffed crusts and focaccias. However, these are not so prevalent among a lot of pizzerias seeing as they take more time to produce and would be more expensive than standard ones.
The oven is what helps the pizzaiolo produce exceptional work. Some say the best pizza comes from stone or brick ovens which are wood or coal-fired. Thanks to the temperature level these kind of ovens generate, the crust is perfectly baked in just a few minutes. These kind of ovens can be found in some of the local restaurants, and the fact would most likely be underlined.
Where can you find this Italian specialty? Apart from pizzerias, this popular food item can be found in the majority of Italian, Mediterranean and Turkish restaurants. You can also buy pizza by the slice in local pastizzerias and snack bars. Along with the regular 12 inch size, some places also create 16 inch pizzas, especially for larger groups.
If you feel like spending a night in with some tasty takeaway food, ordering a pizza will surely complete your night and satisfy your taste buds. Luckily, a multitude of pizzerias around Malta and Gozo offer takeaway and delivery options. Delivery fees are based on locality and amount spent. Some offer free delivery to certain localities or if a specific amount of money is spent.
Do make sure you book early, especially if you’re ordering in the weekend, or you can find yourself waiting long hours on your sofa anxiously waiting for your food to arrive. To search for the nearest takeaway outlet, visit Yellow and sort out the results using the available filters.
If dining in a casual pizzeria with live sports is what you feel like, then make sure you reserve a table especially if it’s Friday or Saturday eve or if you’re visiting places in Valletta, Sliema, St Julians and Bugibba which are usually very busy. Reservations for dining in, takeaway and delivery can be made via phone call or even online for specific pizzerias. Some are open evenings only, when pizza is mostly in demand, but it’s fairly easy to find pizzerias open for lunch.
Discover all the pizzerias around Malta and Gozo listed on Yellow and choose one near to you. Filter results according to your pizza and crust preference, location and services provided. Sink your teeth into a crunchy crust and let your taste buds indulge in its mouthwatering taste.