I guess for someone like me who's only constant is change, it is very difficult to return to a restaurant especially when there is so much choice around. But in some cases I do make an exception and not only return but become a regular visitor. Il-Horza is such a place as whenever we (that's me and my better half) visit we always feel as if we are at home. Charles Bone, the owner, who is more Italian than the Italians (and with such a strong Anglo/Saxon surname too), always manages to excel himself. Why? It is quite evident that he spends his time with Carlos, the young chef who not long ago was honing his skills at ITS (Malta's own Institute of Tourism Studies) to come up with the most tantalizing dishes one would die for. And yesterday was no exception. There was no need to look at the menu as the specials of the day were more than tempting. My wife wanted to venture into the fish offerings whilst I opted for the different. In fact our starters were a tick fish soup full of sea-food and a delicious plate of ravioli which were given a different twist by the adding on of pine nuts. The mains were tuna for my wife which was cooked to pink perfection (not a drop of blood in sight) whilst mine was a trio of quail complete with egg, delicately wrapped in pancetta. To accompany our dishes we compromised on a nice red wine - a Primitivo of Manduria ably chosen by its own importer, Rene' Muscat of "Vintage & co" who happened to be around visiting Charles as I understand he has plans of his own in the restaurant scene as he set his eyes on a wine bar which he intends to take over shortly. Our pleas to Charles to skip deserts proved futile as we couldn't say no to a piece of sliced salami sausage to round off the wine and two generous Ruby ports. Simply divine. We'll be back soon :)
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