Cent’Anni showcases an era of Malta’s history while offering elegant dining set in a comfortable atmosphere. The traditional wine bar, located in the charming village of Gharghur, has been popular with locals since the late 19th Century and was frequented by British soldiers until the 1970’s. Cent’Anni has since been refurbished but maintains its antique charm and Maltese roots. The bar and surrounding cabinetry visible upon entry are restored originals, setting a classic ambience which is carried throughout the restaurant with details like wooden benches, vintage-style tables, chalkboards and shelves adorned with wine bottles. Stone walls and arches downstairs exemplify traditional Maltese homes, while the upstairs dining room boasts cheerful colours, stone floors and mirrored walls.
In the kitchen, French chef Xavier Crouzier uses fresh, local ingredients to create Mediterranean, Italian and French dishes, as well as some local specialties. The single-page menu is often revised with items added or changed frequently in order to give regular clientele more variety while also utilising the island’s multitude of seasonal products. For starters they offer a cheese, ‘salumi’ or mixed platter as well as ‘antipasta’. Their pasta dishes can be ordered as a starter or a main meal and with options like wild boar ravioli with truffle cream, broad beans, mushrooms and hazelnuts they are tough to pass up. Main meals include options such as chicken truffle ballotine with pea puree and red wine jus and the pan seared lampuki with ratatouille and pesto, but remember to save room for a house-made dessert.