This quiet out of the way spot in Mdina offers those who find it generous portions of pasta, salad, and pizza beneath a vaulted dining room in a medieval palazzo. Part of a five-star luxury boutique hotel, the small courtyard entrance has shaded tables in the summer, which are heated during the winter for alfresco dining. As an introduction to the island-produced foodstuffs, the trattoria serves a delicious platter of Maltese charcuterie and cheeses accompanied by fresh bread. Service can be slow, so plan for a long lunch or dinner. The kitchen is open from 10:30 am to 11 pm, so your itinerary doesn't have to fit around set meal times.
The Xara Palace Hotel, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina, MDN 1050, Malta