Date of Last Visit: Saturday 6th February for lunch
No of Victims: 10
The Damage: set menu of EUR 30 each (excluding beverages)
The Restaurant: It was relatively easy to park at the Msida Marina, where La Vela is situated. Once you enter the front door, you will find yourself in a cosy decorated room, with the bar on the left and to the right side, our table of 10 and another table for four close by. A back door overlooking Msida bay, leads to a patio, which they probably they utilise to serve customers in summer.
The Service: One word to describe it — impeccable!
Our Set Menu: This indeed felt like a feast of food, which OF COURSE we washed down with fine Italian wine.
For starters we had bruschetta and garlic bread, followed by tuna, salmon and beef carpaccio all served with rocket salad and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.
Subsequently we had two different types of pasta: penne with aubergines and a tomato sauce and tagliatelle with pancetta, cream and peas. The penne dish was without any doubt my favourite…I couldn’t resist having a second helping!!
All the portions were abundant, and everyone managed to grab his portion.
Mains: We all opted for the rib-eye, which they managed to cook perfectly to everyone’s request. The side dishes consisted of fried potatoes and fantastically grilled vegetables (not the usual boring frozen peas and carrots).
Then we had Cassatella Siciliana (which everyone licked off his plate), coffees and plenty, plenty, plenty of liquors :), which the owner generously poured into our glasses till about 6pm, by which time we left the restaurant.
The Music: Italian of course.
The Verdict: 10 on 10 for the food, service and ambience! Since the restaurant is not that big, it makes it an ideal place for a group lunch or dinner.
Final note: The restaurant does not have a website so far, but a facebook group updates its fans with weekly specialties, which more often than not comprises of seafood and fish. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=52262043850&ref=ts
Ristorante La Vela Marina Street, Pieta
Tel: 21230336, 99269090
TUESDAY TO SUNDAY : 12.00-15.00*
WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY 19.30-23.00*
mondays closed all day