The restaurant takes his name from the well known novel by Giovanni Verga: I Malavoglia. Written in 1881 and set in the Sicilian village of Aci Trezza in the 1860s, Verga’s novel charts the failing fortunes of the Malavoglia, a family of fisherfolk who are living through a period of political change following the country’s annexation to Italy. The Malavoglias’ inexorable slide is triggered by the decision of Padron ‘Ntoni to buy a cargo of lupins on credit after a bad year of business, only to lose the precious load in a storm at sea. The repayment of this debt leads to the loss of the family home, and all subsequent efforts to try to reclaim it are doomed. The old values are dying and it is largely due to young ‘Ntoni, exposed to the outside world during naval service and ever more dissatisfied with the life endured by the rest of Aci Trezza’s charmingly loquacious inhabitants, that the family fortunes are never restored. A tragic “account of the sort of disquiet visited upon a family . . . by the vague desire for the unknown”, their struggle for survival is depicted by Verga with stark honesty.
We are a Sicilian family, precisely from Catania. We moved in Malta not long time ago to run this small family business restaurant. In the kitchen we have the cook Gaetano, the pizza maker Davide and Alberto as the maître, everyone helped by excellent partners.
We love good cuisine with genuine and traditional food; Mainly Mediterranean. Our food is based on excellent products and great Sicilian wines.