Acqua Marina, Bugibba

Acqua Marina lr

Malta Restaurant Review – Saturday 2nd April 2016

We went to this Sicilian restaurant for the first time for dinner. It is situated not far from the main square in Bugibba. We have often walked past it and been drawn by its bright and cheerful look and decided that a visit there was long overdue.

It is a small restaurant with about 24 covers inside and a few tables outside. The décor is bright and quirky; the walls and furniture are draped with ceramics and hats and jewellery. The tables are dressed in greens, oranges and yellows. We spoke to the chef patron and he explained he has an interest in art which is evident throughout. Despite the bright colours, the restaurant has a cosy feel. The staff was excellent – friendly and efficient – though their English is limited. Somehow we muddled through with a mix of English and my schoolboy Italian!

The night we went was in the middle of the music festival and it seems many people decided to stay at home away from the noise. We were the only diners which was a shame, but even so the restaurant had atmosphere and character.

The menu is given over to a good mix of meats, seafood, pasta and salads and there are several vegetarian options. We started with a complimentary bruschetta and a light pastry stuffed with ricotta, garlic and anchovy. For starters we shared a mozzarella and tomato salad, and a mixed Sicilian anti pasta plate which had sausage, aubergine rolls, caponata and fried onions. For her main LW had seafood linguini which had a good selection of fish and shellfish. I had linguini amatriciana. After the pasta we were served a complimentary lemon and prosecco slush. For desert I had profiteroles stuffed with whipped ricotta and covered with chocolate sauce. Finally, we were served a complimentary digestif, a Greek drink packed full of cloves and cinnamon.

The food was delicious. I ate every scrap of my pasta dish which is unusual for me and a sign of just how tasty it was. We came away feeling that we had been well fed and well looked after and we look forward to going back again soon.

The food bill came to €39 which we thought was excellent value.

Oh, and I should add that we had a fantastic bottle of Terra dell’ Isola Nero D’Avola, a great Sicilian wine. It cost €19 which a bit more than we would usually spend but it was worth every penny.