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“What a little gem!”

Papannis Italian Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 242 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“What a little gem!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We dined here on impulse on our last but one day on holiday. The restaurant is tucked away down a side street, as are so many good food places in Valletta.

We were shown to our tables by a very friendly waitress, and were given the menus, and the specials were explained to us. Initially I wasn't sure what to have as a few of the dishes seemed to be similar to what we'd eaten elsewhere during the week.

However, we made our choices, and ordered a bottle of Maltese red, and settled down to enjoy the atmosphere in this little bistro - there is a small area upstairs, with extra seating downstairs, and the place was spotlessly clean. You can see the chef preparing the food as the kitchen area is at the end of the first floor seating area.

Our starters arrived and were absolutely delicious. They were simple - we'd both gone for the garlic mushrooms, which came served on lightly toasted bread. Doesn't sound great, but they were lovely - positively oozing garlicky butter and piping hot. There was plenty of bread available, and nothing was too much bother for the waitress.

Our main courses were huge - I'd opted for another chicken dish, and it had to be the best I'd had all week - the sauce was beautiful, flavoursome and plentiful without overwhelming the dish, and there must have been nigh on three fillets of chicken breast on my plate all told. This was one restaurant I didn't leave feeling hungry!

My OH had a beautiful dessert, and when he commented on how unusual it was, the waiter (apologies if he was not!) explained how in the winter they would make it with ricotta cheese, but as the heat is so great in summer, it is more ice cream in texture - a little snippet of information which was really nice to know. Anyway, it was lovely (yes, I pinched a bit!). The bill for the evening was very modest, especially considering the quantity of food which was served.

We very much enjoyed our evening here and it's one we'd definitely visit again.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Scotchontherocks88
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Island of Malta, Malta
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Definite return guaranteed”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We had never bothered to try this resatuarant. What a pity. The fish we had was:
My fresh tuna 5/5 on all aspects
my wife's prawn stuffed 'filleted' bream had too many bones/spines (some were quite big).

The wine originally requested was not available on the day - things that happen
The grilled veg was excellent the baked potatoes a bit less.
The bread did not feel as fresh as expected from such a good resataurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank LFC_ASR
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United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Charming little place”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Visited Pappinis last night. And was pleasantly surprised by just how quaint this place is. There were 4 of us in the party and were shown to our table. Menus were handed out and the Specials of the Day explained. I must admit they all sounded exquisite. We made our choices and watched as the chef prepared them in the Open kitchen. Very Unique. 1st courses arrived promptly. Savoury filled Vol au Vents,Stuffed King Prawnd & Garlic Mushrooms. All very good. 2nd Course Fresh Grilled Tuna Steak,Rib Eye Steak,Stuffed Sea Breem & Chicken Papinnis. All Delightful. Desserts were shared Chocolate Fondant. All in all a pleasant Meal but only the following areas of observation. Our Table was very cramped when all Meals,wine etc were served suggest a Stand Alone Wine Cooler. Paper Tablecloths? We felt the Sea Breem could have been better filleted and finally the Chocolate Fondant was we believe Microwave. All in all minor details but to raise the Bar these are areas that need to be addressed to achieve that Goal.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank rayboy806
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Ibiza Town, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“still remember”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

hi first . i been this restaurant 6.12.2011 was my second day in malta first day in valletta.i write now cos i start to write review new...for me it was hard to make decition cos im muslim and cant eat pork.. anyway waiter or barmen or menager was helpfull give me some suggestion.. i eat really really good rabit ravioli there and honestly it was better than i ate ravioli in italy rome.. was funny time cos we play a game with guy where am i from.. cos it is hard country to know Turkey.. i like this outhantic place kitchen open to restaurant you can see what they do.. price is abit high but maybe im a bit poor.. cos im used to go bugibba restaurants..but lucky me cos i didnt pay someone paid for me.anyway thanks for papannis

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Ahmet Ş
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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quaint, cozy atmosphere”
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled upon by chance, and got excellent service, great food and prices reasonable. it is a no hassle easy going place, but with service there when you needed it.Would definitely eat here again.

Visited May 2013
Thank aaliss
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