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“Excellent food in a lovely setting”
Review of Giannini

Giannini
Ranked #38 of 256 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$54 - US$81
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Giannini is a family run restaurant since 1988 and is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner when visiting Valletta. The restaurant is situated above St. Michael's bastions with vast views of Manoel Island and the pretty Marsamxetto Harbour. The third floor of a typical Malta townhouse, reached by lift from the ground floor lounge bar, has been converted into a delightful restaurant. Giannini tends to be popular with locals for business lunches and romantic dinners giving it a casual but discreet atmosphere.The cuisine is a delicious blend of Mediterranean food. Fresh fish is available daily (ask the host) and you should also consider the daily specials on the board. The a la carte menu changes according to season. A rather comprehensive wine list is also available to complement the meal.
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We visited this restaurant while on a short trip to Malta. We found it on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed as it lived up to its excellent reputation. It is situated in old Valletta town with great views over the harbour at night. there was a large party occupying much of the restaurant when we arrived but their presence seemed to make no difference to the very good service we found there. The menu looked great but we chose to have some of the fish of the day for our main course The display of freshly caught fish looked very appetising and the chef later confirmed that bought only locally landed fresh fish. The rockfish was beautiful and, for my wife, followed squid which she said was he best she had ever had. The staff were all very efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. Wine was good, too and competitively priced bearing in mind that we were paying in Euros.

In summary, well worth a visit if you are in Valletta.

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Thank Westyorkshireman_10
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Every so often Giannini Restaurant hosts a special evening of dining with a cause. Yesterday we joined a selective group of patrons for a tantalizing 5 course menu paired with 5 different wines from the Principe Pallavicini family. Each extraordinary course was accompanied by commentary on the chosen wine showing that pairing it with food is more art than science. The right wine can enhance a dish to perfection. While there are no hard and fast rules on matching food and wine because it's ultimately a matter of personal taste, there are basic guidelines on what wine connoisseurs and food lovers consider make good choices.

Aaron, the Chef Patron, showcased his culinary skills hitting us with a storm of culinary delights and innovation. He made certain that the manner in which the food is cooked will impact the appropriateness of the wine in such a way that the food and wine complement one another. In doing this, he managed to sway his client’s attention from the wine to the food and back again without losing the essence of either.

It all started around 20:30pm where we were served with a welcoming glass of La Giara Malvasia 2012 a concentrated straw yellow wine with green gold nuances. The zesty palate of the wine did not dominate the palate nor over power the canapés served on beautiful silver trays by the elegantly attired waitresses.

Once seated in the elegant dining room, we were all served a starter of a Gozitan fresh Goats Cheese placed on a traditional Maltese pastry with sundried Cherry Tomatoes and smoked Barbary Duck Breast. Greco Del Lazio 2012 was the wine served with this first course, a white wine from grapes that the Pallavicini family grows that are indigenous to Lazio.

The second course for the night was an exquisite Riso Gallo Canarolli Riserva Risotto with fresh Globe Artichokes, Saffron and Parmigiano. Although the flavour of the rice seemed complex, pairing it with a glass of Poggio Verde wine from the deep volcanic terrain in the Frascati DOC zone of the Municipality of Rome was well balanced and not at all dominant.
On to the third course and a delicious serve of Oven Roasted Wild Sea Bass, Squid triangle, Snow peas, Sea Urchin Roe and Squid Ink. We were not at all confident with the pairing of red wine with our fish but the glass of Rubillo Cesanese 2012 stood up well leaving a warm palate with a hint of spice.

Pan-cooked duo of local Pork Fillet and Frenched Rack of Irish Lamb Pan Jus served with Mille Foglie Potatoes was my best choice of dish for the night. My wife was offered a second helping of fish, totally different from the previous one served, as she is not a meat eater. We all agreed that the Morello Merlot & Sangiovese Gross 2012 wine paired with this course was beyond doubt of optimum quality truly intensifying our enjoyment of eating. With 60% of it Merlot, it sets up the tongue for the wine’s fruit and berries and forest flavors to complement the rich flavors of the meat.

A glass of Stillato also known as Mavasia Putinata 2011 was the wine paired with our dessert of Deep Fried Apple Fritters, Marsala Zabaione and Wild Berry Boat. Many would say that sweet desserts and other sugary foods seem easy—just pull out a sweet wine. With desserts one must be certain that the wine tastes sweeter than the dessert and the glass of Stillato was sweeter, too sweet for my taste but not for our friend Paul who really, really liked it.

Petit Fours, Coffee and a complimentary after dinner drink followed. Adding to all that food, 2 bottles of water and yet the Management stuck to its set price of €48 per person.

For every rule of wine pairing there is, you will often find just as many dissenters. However, the most important rule of all is to trust your own palate and enjoy! This we did completely and absolutely.

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Thank GorgGorgaSciberras
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We had a wonderful meal in this restaurant, a converted townhouse that has beautiful views of the water/harbor. The service was fantastic. The restaurant itself is close to the entrance of Valletta, so it's easy to walk to, especially if you're staying in Floriana. It isn't cheap, but you really get a unique, upscale experience.

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Thank Lindsay R
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

My wife had a staff party in Valletta so I went to Giannini with my two children, aged 11 and 13. Nice starters including a delectable chick pea pate and tasty bruschetta, mussels in the shell for all of us for starters - excellent. I had swordfish, my son had lamb shanks and my daughter had the rib eye. Superb - I tasted both. The children had a creme brulee and a choclate fondant which were very good - again, I tasted both. Prosit Ruth and Aaron! I owe you a painting (I was thinking of a long landscape view of Valletta for the stairwell - there's an empty spot that I eyed on the way up.

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Thank Victor G
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Have been to this lovely restaurant for my brothers graduation.Upon entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted by Ruth and her dedicated team and shown to our table.The views are spectacular.We were offered still and sparkling water and the menus and wine list.Before ordering we were shown the daily catch on offer and the daily specialities.Order taken we were offered complimentary chick pea dip,olives,Local bread and home made focaccia.A real treat.Food was nicely presented by chef Patron Aron and it shows in the way how plates were coming out from the kitchen that he cooks from his heart and takes pride in every single dish.Overall service and food were amazing and made the evening truly relaxing and memorable so don't miss out THIS HIDDEN GEM

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