Margo’s restaurant, Mistra bay

It is that time of the year when the air starts getting slightly cooler and gone are the days spent at the beach.  This is also that time of the year when the crowd starts moving towards North of the island along with it’s fully packed picnic coolers and bbq’s and of course…noise pollution !!   One of the most areas effected is undoubtedly l-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.
On Saturday night I joined some friends who were camping there for the weekend.    Regardless of the fact that I got there in pitch dark, I still noticed in what state the area was!  Rubbish, noise, cars……and no I was not in Paceville !   The locality’s local council has introduced a system whereby you have to call personally at their offices to get a permit to pitch your tent.    If you are less than 15 people no fee is incurred.     I will not get into this and start piling up a list of how things could have been tackled,  I will leave it up to the authorities concerned.     Despite the husle and bustle I encountered in the Mellieha, my camping experience turned out to be an enjoyable one.
Round about 6pm we started heading home, when one my friends suggested we stop somewhere for a pizza.    The restaurants situated at Mellieha bay were nearly all closed, at least the ones we know serve good pizza.   I was the one to mention the new pizzeria at Palazzo Santa Rosa, which some of my friends had suggested recently.   The pizzeria is easily accessible and has a carpark adjacent to the main entrance.   Due to the fact we were not appropriately dressed we opted for take-away.   The restaurant’s exterior and interior decoration is outstanding.    And so was the service, in fact the pizzas were delivered straight to our cars, after a 7-8 minute wait.
We drove away and settled close to the beach to savour the amazing smell that was coming out of our white boxes.   What is that?!   Seriously it looked more like a Maltese ftira spread with some tomato paste, rather than a pizza, nothing like the pizza from Naples!   I mean yes they tend to serve it quiet plain in that region of Italy, but not empty!  Our toppings should have been tomato base, pancetta, onions and mozzarella di buffala.    The onions must have vanished somewhere in the oven,  but we had plenty of tomato sauce.  two thin slices of mozzarella and two tiny pieces of pancetta, no olive oil, no basil, no oregano, for the price of EUR 8.75 — Margo’s —– are we serious ?!!?!??!  …..though we did enjoy the squar-ish plain dough!!

It is that time of the year when the air starts getting slightly cooler and gone are the days spent at the beach. This is also that time of the year when the crowd starts moving towards North of the island along with it’s fully packed picnic coolers and bbq’s and of course…noise pollution !!   One of the most areas effected is undoubtedly l-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.

On Saturday night I joined some friends who were camping there for the weekend. Regardless of the fact that I got there in pitch dark, I still noticed in what state the area was!  Rubbish, noise, cars……and no I was not in Paceville !   The locality’s local council has introduced a system whereby you have to call personally at their offices to get a permit to pitch your tent. If you are less than 15 people no fee is incurred. I will not get into this and start piling up a list of how things could have been tackled,  I will leave it up to the authorities concerned. Despite the husle and bustle I encountered in the Mellieha, my camping experience turned out to be an enjoyable one.

Round about 6pm we started heading home, when one my friends suggested we stop somewhere for a pizza.  The restaurants situated at Mellieha bay were nearly all closed, at least the ones we know serve good pizza. I was the one to mention the new pizzeria at Palazzo Santa Rosa, which some of my friends had suggested recently.   The pizzeria is easily accessible and has a carpark adjacent to the main entrance. Due to the fact we were not appropriately dressed we opted for take-away. The restaurant’s exterior and interior decoration is outstanding. And so was the service, in fact the pizzas were delivered straight to our cars, after a 7-8 minute wait.

We drove away and settled close to the beach to savour the amazing smell that was coming out of our white boxes. What is that?!   Seriously it looked more like a Maltese ftira spread with some tomato paste, rather than a pizza, nothing like the pizza from Naples!   I mean yes they tend to serve it quiet plain in that region of Italy, but not empty!  Our toppings should have been tomato base, pancetta, onions and mozzarella di buffala. The onions must have vanished somewhere in the oven,  but we had plenty of tomato sauce.  two thin slices of mozzarella and two tiny pieces of pancetta, no olive oil, no basil, no oregano, for the price of EUR 8.75 — Margo’s —– are we serious ?!!?!??!  …..though we did enjoy the squar-ish plain dough!!

Margo’s, Mistra Bay, l/o St. Paul’s Bay
Telephone: 21 582 736

  • nowni

    when i ve been pizza was excellent, but that was quiet a while ago ! pity to hear
    so, as was planning to go again!

  • Maria

    I’ve been to Margo’s a couple of months ago with my family and must say we were very disappointed. After a long wait of one and a half hours the pizzas finally arrived however like the your comment above they looked more like ftiras than pizzas. Most of the ingredients that should have been on it were non-existent. Just dough with a little bit a sauce.

  • Clint

    I have also been to Margo’s a few weeks ago and the pizza was superb! It was evident to me, that all the ingredients used are of a very high quality. Service wasn’t very fast however didn’t have to wait as long as Maria. Will definitely re-visit!

  • Nigel

    We actually tried to go there, first of all they take bookings for tables more than 10 people, so obviously as soon as we arrived everywhere was booked and there about half a dozen people waiting outside. I did a fast scan of the restaurant, did not quite like it, plain setup and somewhat crowded, seemed like a normal pizzeria (like pizza hut) with nothing extroadinary as the inflated description given in ads. unfortunately did not see any pizza or had the patience to stay wiating one and half hour to be seated! just went to the Chinese restaurant that was at the Xemxija top so very near and go escape route.

  • kareng

    nigel thanks for your comment, how would you rate the Chinese in Xemxija…is it the same restaurant that also serves Indian food ?

    • Nigel

      Ermm to be honest I forgot if it had Indian Food, the restaurant is Shaukiwan (I think that is the way how it is spelled). The Restaurant is quite good overall, food is good, abundant (you can take it as a take away as well), service is ok and they have a good selection. It’s nothing of fine dining like Blue Elephant or TemptAsian but for a good meal between friends or a couple it’s good.

  • Paul Falzon

    I have been to Shaukiwan on several occassions over the past three years – it used to be very good, the location is excellent. On the last two occassions the serving staff appear not to care about the customer and the food was not good value for money.

    Shaukiwan may think that they have an exceptional restaurant due to its large size and that alone will bring in the customer – yes maybe for that one occassion, but they will probably not return unless the restuarant makes some major changes i.e. attitude of staff and standard of food.

  • Hadmizihova

    I totally agree with wath Paul is saying. I believe he is referring to the one in Xemxija, up the hill. It is a chinese rest and to be honest the nice atmosphere strucked me. BUT you know what… the staff was very unprofessional and the service was very bad. Surely not a place to be for dining in a comfortable way… and this besides the fluffy food!