Malta: Food and Drink
A Microcosm of the Mediterranean
Malta food and drink encompasses a blend of Mediterranean cuisine with a splash of Sicilian and North African influences. Fresh, local produce forms the basis of most of its dishes, and the country's fertile soil ensures that plenty of fruit and vegetables are grown - among them zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, potatoes, figs, peaches, apricots and citrus. Malta's own unique dishes include Patizzi, a flaky pastry filled with cheese or vegetables. Pastry is a staple of many savoury and sweet dishes, and sweets in general are very popular in Malta. And of course, being surrounded by so much water, there is an abundance of fish to be eaten in Malta. Kinnie is a well-known fizzy drink in Malta, made from bitter oranges and aromatic herbs. They also have their own beer named Cisk.