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