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Malta has an outstanding tradition of baked goods and Nenu is probably the best place in Valletta to explore them, including ftira, flat-breads akin to (but to my mind, more interesting than) pizzas, pies and sweet pastries. They also serve a full range of Maltese...fish and meat dishes - we enjoyed the fish soup. Nenu is a destination, so you may have to book - particularly in the evening.More
Huge thanks to Danilo and Donna for their friendly welcome here. Third visit this week to enjoy the only traditional Maltese restaurant in Valletta. Food and wine delicious. The broad bean and garlic appetizer is particularly good. Thank you for helping to make our holiday...such a joy. We love Valletta, unfact all if Malta. Will be back!!More
The restaurant is situated down a flight of clear glass stairs where you can see the history of the building underneath. They offer a decent selection of beers, some of them craft and an extensive wine list. The food is traditional Maltease food and is...a bit different to anywhere else. I ordered horse meat stew which was great. They also gave us a selection of bread, olives and pastes for free to begin with. The waiters were polite and helpful, can’t fault it at all.More
There is a 5 metre deep wood fuelled 100 year old oven in the kitchen which produces delicious bread and Maltese style pizzas . The pizzas are freshly baked and delicious but do come up quite large but you can take away anything you don’t...eat. The toppings are interesting including spinach and goats cheese and rabbit stew. Desserts also include traditional baked products.
The ambience was pleasant with a nice open space.More
The best restaurant we’ve been to in Malta. Delicious food, fantastic service, knowledgable staff and a visit to the wood burning oven at the end. A lovely bread with tomato and bean relish as an appetiser, then a sausage stew for starters and rabbit (for...Pete) and stuffed squid for me for mains - really authentic Maltese food. Then a superb variety of puddings as well! Highly recommend and thanks to Danielo for your advice on choosing our food and for showing us the historic oven.More
My husband and I had lunch at Nenu on our last day in Malta. Our son recommended it for its traditional Maltese food, particularly the Ftajjar (Maltese pizza). We both ordered a starter of stew type dishes with Maltese sausage followed by a Ftajjar each....Everything was delicious but the portions were huge. The starter was the size of a main course and was preceded by complementary breads and dips which we weren't expecting. The Ftajjars were amazing but again huge. My advice would be to share both a starter and a main course. We saw other couples doing this and the restaurant were more than happy to do so. Despite over-ordering I did find room for a traditional Maltese dessert of imqaret which is date fritters served with Maltese ice cream. You can't leave Malta without experiencing this delicious dessert! The service here was excellent, friendly with helpful advice on the dishes. The restaurant was nicely decorated and the ambience was relaxed and comfortable. I really recommend this amazing place.More
Located in what used to be a bakery, Nenu serves amazing Maltese food. We were there twice during our stay on Malta. Both the food and the service were terrific on both occasions.
The second time around, our waiter Danilo even showed us their large...bread oven, which dates back to when the place was a bakery and is still used for preparing the restaurant's food today.More
N35°53.931' E14°30.977' after the entrance, you enter the basement restaurant with a display of the bakery in days gone by. Nenu is famous for its ftira: traditional, pizza-like Maltese flatbread with raised edges filled with a hearty, spicy mixture of olives, capers and anchovies, along...with the spicy local tomato puree of sun-dried tomatoes, ground with rosemary, sugar and other secret ingredients and baked in an oven like a pizza.
In October 2021, as starter we ordered Ġbejniet friski sħan bil-basal ikkaramellizzat (€7,50), a warm cheese steak with caramelised onions and home-made sun-dried tomatoes, served on a bed of broad beans and artichokes in garlic and finished with a dash of tomato jam. Ġbejniet itself is a small, hard, white cheese traditionally made from unpasteurised sheep or goat milk. It is often steeped in olive oil, flavoured with salt, and crushed black peppercorns. It tasted good.
As a main course, we ordered traditional maltese ftajjar: Fra Gużepp, Maltese bread dough topped with marrow beans, aubergines, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, local cheeses, garlic, black olives, capers, fresh mint, olive oil and sesame seeds (€12,50) and Anġla l-Furnara, Maltese bread dough topped with rabbit stew, peas, thin sliced potatoes and sesame seeds (€13,50).
We have to confess that we are not great pizza lovers, except for pizzas from Pizzeria Maruzzella at Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan 3 in Milan, Italy. They serve the best pizzas in the world, according to our experience. The portion of ftira was too big to us. It was well prepared and tasted good, but we will not become ftira lovers. Service from our waiter Vesid was excellent and as an encore, he showed us the decades-old wood-fired oven.
Nenu the artisan baker makes a dizzying selection of well-prepared ftira. Recommended.More
We ate in this restaurant on two occasions, once as a couple and once as a four. The food on both occasions was fab, as was the wine and the service. The staff explained each dish. Highly recommend, if you can get a table -...which should tell you something!More