In recent years, Strait Street in Valletta has enjoyed a breath of life. Trendy clubs and restaurants have sprouted in place of the abandoned venues that had provided entertainment during the time of the Second World War. Regaling them with its persona is Palazzo Preca, a restaurant housed inside a 16th century palazzo, the history of which very little is known. The interior is classy and charming; the lighting subdued but complemented by numerous candles on every table. The kitchen is driven by the tireless energy of Ramona Preca, while her husband Jan expertly manages the front of house.
Palazzo Preca offers a broad seasonal menu which is fish and seafood based with an array of prawns, octopus, calamari, lobster and fresh fish cooked and served with potatoes, fresh vegetables or salad. There is also a selection of cold and warm starters such as prawn carpaccio, fresh oysters or calamari fritti or mushrooms vol-au-vent with blue cheese cream in a pastry case. Meat lovers are also well catered for with the specials board offering mouthwatering cuts, while the desserts include playful and imaginative offerings such as the pumpkin cake with chocolate chips and ice cream. The wine list is equally extensive and enticing and is regularly revised. It also features a pleasant surprise – a house wine produced locally, using grapes from a private vineyard, specifically for Palazzo Preca.
Seating Indoors: 85