Porticello sits at the water’s edge in Marsamxett harbour, next to the ferry dock, in the charming, renovated building that used to house the old Valletta police station. The restaurant’s elegant and minimalistic decor complements the gorgeous views of Manoel Island and the Gzira promenade. Al fresco dining is a great option throughout most of the year, as the sea breeze and parasols work together to keep the air cool even when the temperatures start climbing. During winter, the indoor dining area is cosy, while the floor-to-ceiling glass panelling ensures that the wonderful views are unobscured.
With its own fleet of nine fishing vessels, Porticello sources its own fresh fish and so the freshest produce on the island is guaranteed. Even when the weather is rough there are backup vessels in the vicinities of Spain, Italy and France that can guarantee a fresh catch delivered within hours. This has made Porticello the definitive go-to place when it comes to the bounty of the sea. For starters, the antipasto crudo, which changes according to the latest catch, is a feast of marine goodness. Yours might feature oysters, king prawns, calamari crudi, octopus stew on a clam shell and salmon arancini. For mains, take your pick from the bountiful fish display or a fresh lobster from the tank. Grill aficionados may indulge in a selection of choice cuts. For dessert why not try the cassatella, lovingly crafted by native Sicilian hands?