Da Marina – Pizza & Pasta, St. Julians

Date of Last Visit: Friday 20th November 2009

No of victims: my university group of approx 40

The Damage: EUR 22 each

The Entrance: Da Marina is located between the hotels Corinthia Marina and Corinthia San George.  The sign of the restaurant is not very clear, in the sense that it does not state what its specialities are.  The restaurant comprises of one big room which to me looks more like a hotel breakfast room rather than an informal pizza/pasta place.  Facing the entrance of the restaurant is a spotless and fully equipped open plan kitchen.

The Service:  Service was exceptional.  The young waiters managed to keep up with the forty of us and assist to all our requests, professionally and in a timely manner.  However, not enough time was allowed between one course and another.

The Food:  We had a set menu which consisted of starter, main and dessert and a glass of local wine:

Starter: platter to share with grilled aubergines, grilled marrows, tomatoes olives, Parma ham, salami Milano and parmesan shavings.   To complement the starter we had a choice of garlic and/or spicy olive oil, and bread, which was a little on the dry side.

Main:  For mains there was a vast selection of pasta dishes, different pizza toppings and a chicken risotto.  The latter seemed to be the most popular choice.   Those sitting close by commented it was lacking taste…and chicken.   The guy sitting next to me claimed the tagliatelle ai funghi were good and abundant.   I chose pizza al tonno with tuna, capers, onions, anchovies and mozzarella.   The pizza looked good and topped up with the perfect quantity of ingredients, though it lacked taste regardless of the olive oil I drizzled on it.  The dough was a bit tough and quiet heavy.  The mozzarella was not of good quality, it melted on the first few bites and subsequently glued to the rest of the toppings. I ate less than half the pizza, which is quiet unusual for me.

Dessert:  For dessert there was a selection of Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake and Cassatella Siciliana.   I did not have so cannot really say, but the others seemed to enjoy their cakes.

The Other Big Disappointment: None of the Italian white wines listed on the wine list were available on the day.  Also, no ashtrays are provided on the outside area of the restaurant.

The atmosphere: The set up of the place is formal, though being there with a big group, turned out to be a casual experience.

The Verdict:  I was disappointed with the pizza, and left the place feeling full without having even finished it all.

Tel: + (356) 2370 2826