Saturday, September 24, 2011

Discovering historical Valletta City in Malta

Tucked away in a back street, far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, but no more than stone's throw away from Valletta City Gate lies the quaint, comfortable restaurant Rampila. A stunning locale for a restaurant, Rampila boasts sensational views and sumptuous food - a combination that offers a truly exquisite and wholly unique dining experience.

Whether tourists or locals are popping in for a spot of lunch or stopping by in the evening for a three course meal, the extensive menu at Rampila offers something to suit everyone's palette, providing an interesting and exciting combination of traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine that includes tempting dishes of rabbit, quail and duck. Also available are daily specials of fine meats, fresh fish and fresh pasta all presented in a variety of mouth-watering dishes. The menu is topped off with a fantastic, reasonably priced wine list and a fine array of home-made desserts.

The Rampila is also a successful wine bar, however it is not just any Malta wine bar, but a tourist attraction all of its own. It sits nestled away in the tunnels built by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s in order to access the canon emplacements built to protect the beautiful city of Valletta. The tunnels now play host to this intimate, truly unique wine bar, supplying a fantastic and varied collection of wines allowing something for everyone, from the best local wines to the finest international tipples.

The thing that really sets Rampila apart from the competition is the charming wax work exhibition on display at the restaurant. Offering an interesting view of what life on Malta was like 100 years ago, it is an original concept that makes for excellent pre-dinner viewing and an exciting topic for discussion. This kind of experience is simply not on offer in any of the other restaurants in Valletta.

Rampila's fully heated terrace offers customers the chance to dine in the open air complete with a stunning view of the historic City Gate. Once home to two large canons that provided protection for the city, the terrace now offers a relaxing and romantic atmosphere, perfect for an autumn candle lit meal for two, or an excellent place to sit with a group of friends while enjoying good wine and good conversation.

The City Gate is soon to undergo an extensive reconstruction designed by multi award winning and world renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, so the Rampila's roof terrace will be the perfect place to watch on as a new chapter in Malta's history unfolds.

Rampila promises to offer its customers an appetising experience which goes far beyond just dinner and wine, giving them an authentic and enjoyable experience of traditional Maltese cuisine, along with tasting some fantastic local wines, but also offering to teach them about some of the history of the city. All of this, plus the friendly, welcoming and helpful staff are renowned for making their customers feel as if they have made a new friend.

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