The latest feather in the cap of Marvin Gauci’s restaurant collective is the upmarket casual dining concept of Don Royale. Being the only pizzeria situated on top of St George’s Bay, word soon spread that this Italian style trattoria is raising the bar for informal dining. Hanging potted plants at varying heights, beside window box shrubbery in cubby holes, add touches of colour to the surrounding masculine tones. Weather permitting, a picturesque terrace overlooks the twinkling bay. Solid wooden furniture framed against glass archways creates a feeling of coziness. A shiny, retro bicicletta adorns the alcove, evoking childhood memories, while famous movie Dons regale the fresco above the open kitchen.
Follow the scent of wood fire ovens while a cheerful, energetic server shows you to your table. Order the carpaccio di vitello for the lightest of starters—wafer-thin slices of tender veal, topped with baby salad leaves and parmesan shavings. A rare pleasure of succulent local prawn tempura is sure to whet your appetite. Sample the gourmet charcoal Don Bulli pizza with braised oxtail, smoked at your table! Burger aficionados will delight in the angus beef Don Royale, with a variety of cheesy add-ons. Go the whole hog with the Girello di Nutella e Pistacchio for afters—a delicious swiss roll pizza dough stuffed with Nutella and pistachio crumble. They don’t call this the Don for nothing!