Meals here are typically preceded by a mezze of chopped tomatoes, capers, olives, local gbejniet (cheeselets), tapenade and Gozitan sausage. After that, all the flavours of the mediterranean palate are catered for.
Head to Ta’ Philip in Mgarr for an upmarket taste of local cooking. Everything here is made in a wood-burning oven, slow-roasting local pork, lamb and kid to perfection. It also does a rather fine take on Malta’s classic stuffat tal-fenek (stewed rabbit) dish – a legacy of the old rural roots of the islands.
For a more countryside setting, head west of Xaghrato Ta’ Frenc, in the garden of a converted farmhouse. Its founder sadly passed away recently, but a bold new chef, a superb wine list and inventive takes on Mediterranean staples ensure his culinary legacy lives on.
Lastly, for a surprise, Gozo Picnic are one of the more ’grammable options on the island – especially in socially distanced times. They simply send you a location; you then turn up to a fully prepared, locally sourced picnic (breakfast, lunch or dinner), typically with finely curated views. A true delight.