Nothing screams “Traditional Maltese Food” more than Pastizzi. This traditional savoury pastries are filled with either ricotta, peas, anchovy, chicken or now even Nutella.
In every location in Malta you will surely find one takeaway shop (or sometimes more) that sell pastizzi. All these takeaway shops (better known as pastizzerijas) sell other cheap snacks too which makes it ideal for customers that are tight on their financial spending. Some of the items include; variety of pizza, chicken pies, burger pies, lamb pies, timpanas, sausage rolls, rib wraps, fresh baguettes and ftiras.
Pastizzi are best eaten when served freshly hot from the oven. They can be eaten practically at anytime of the day; breakfast, at tea time, or for a fast snack in between.
These mouth watering snacks are really inexpensive to purchase and this is mainly the reason why they are not homemade. Although on the internet you will find the recipe easily, it may be not so easy for one to make them. The dough is very tricky to manage and to form and shape the pastizzi is even trickier.
Tourists are so fond of this Maltese delicacy that it is not very odd to find some of them take pastizzi for their relatives and friends abroad. Some may not also be aware of the fact that pastizzi can be bought raw frozen to be oven baked at the comfort of their home. Besides of this fact, due to high demand, pastizzi are also sold internationally (particularly in Australia, Canada and England) from some bakery shops.
All the pastizzerijas have an “unloading & loading” parking bail in front of them, making it easier for customers that need just to drop by for a quick purchase. Pastizzi, are generally aimed for the working class people that need to be full quickly with less money. Each tiny meal of one pastizzi contains approximately (not so tiny) 390 calories.
On 1st April 2014 Times of Malta decided to make-up a story as an April Fool’s joke, that these diamond shape pastries are so filled with calories that EU wants them banned to decrease obesity in the Maltese islands. This make-believe story registered more than 70,000 hits by the afternoon and an alarming boost in pastizzi sales was seen on the same day. This fake announcement worked in favour of the pastizzi industry since like any other announcement strike, people lined up to pastizzerijas to stock up on the fatty treat.