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Friday, February 25, 2005

Pastizzi in Little Malta

Canadian Verity went to the Little Malta bake shop in Toronto to buy pastizzi:

We're thick in the middle of the first genuine snowfall of winter. At least the first snowfall if you reside in Toronto. They're nice big puffy snowflakes too, the kind you want to catch on your tongue even after you grow-up and have to act all responsible. The boyfriend and I got caught in it when we went to the Little Malta Bake Shop to buy some Pastizzi. Little Malta, Pastizzi....uhh what ?

Little Malta, Pastizzi....uhh what ? I should probably explain. Little Malta is out at Dundas West and Runnymede. It doesn't have signpost advertisements like China Town or Little Italy does but you can tell because all the travel agencies advertise tickets for Malta and Gozo (Malta's Newfoundland) and there are businesses and gentleman's clubs with the Maltese cross up everywhere. The most accurate description of the Maltese I've ever heard are Italians who speak Arabic and think they're British.

Pastizzi is a ricotta or meat pastry that is very yummy, and greasier than you should probably eat. I use to get to lick the spoon of the extra filling when I was a kid. Ummmm.....I have two dozen in my freezer, stew, warmth, and a cute boyfriend currently immersed in solving a medical imaging problem all right here in my room. Now if only I had clean dishes. Ah well you can't have everything. I seem to spend a lot of time blogging about food. I'm big on comfort food in case you haven't noticed.

Pastizzi recipes from Gozo mag

Pastizzi under the brand name Stones from Melbourne, Australia

The Malta Bake Shop in Little Malta, Toronto

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmmm, lick lick, ummmmm...Maltese pastizzi. If only this Blogger knew the play on the word Pastizz when the Maltese refer to it! Italians who speak Arabic and think they're English?
Doesn't it remind of Canadians who have no language of their own but think they're either English or French? 

Friday, February 25, 2005 3:02:00 PM
Anonymous Mannie said...

Yay to pastizzis :)
Canadians "think" that they're french or english? Sounds as though you have a problem with people who speak those languages. We speak english, french, mandarin, etc. because canada has no "canadian language." 

Saturday, April 23, 2005 3:19:00 AM
Anonymous Mark Cassar said...

I am a Maltese living in Malta and I must tell you we have our own Maltese language. We know other languages too like Italian and English and some French. Pastizzi are very good here with different fillings. You should come here and try a few.
- Mark from Malta 

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:49:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited beatifull Malta last year and have eaten tons of pastizzi - its allways fresh and unbelievable cheap.
Jozef from Bratislava 

Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:05:00 AM
Anonymous dawn said...

i was wondering if someone could help. i am married to a maltese man and his family is from malta, they are the ellul's and the zammits. my mother in law makes pastizzi's, i was wondering if someone out there had the reciepe for the dough, please help, can't wait to make, please e mail me at
thank you so much. 

Sunday, November 26, 2006 2:52:00 AM
Anonymous Maltese in England said...

Ah, well, ahna l'Maltin (we Maltese) are not Italian, although about half the island can speak Italian. Many of us are smart enough to have learnt to speak Arabic since we have Arabic neighbouring countries and settlers; it also is the root of our Maltese language. We Maltese are simply good at picking up other languages and we do not shy away from speaking to others in their language, do you? - it would be very nice if you tried speaking to us in Maltese once in a while! Most of us speak English but we certainly know we are a Maltese nation, we do not need to think we are English, and when someone comments to us that we could get away with it if we pretended to be English, well, what kind of complement is that! Why would we want to? And then the Pastizzi! mmmmmm Yummyeee 4ever! At least once a day is a must each time I visit Malta (several times a year). But as for the double meaning of Pastizz, well, I leave that to the more daring :-) By the way, we now have low cholesterol pastizzi, just seen the advert on Maltese TV on the internet, so enjoy! You can buy pastizzi in London too :-) Visit Maltese Culture Movement 

Saturday, May 05, 2007 4:07:00 PM
Blogger RedCat said...

All this talk about pastizzi is driving me nuts! I lived in Malta for 30 years and moved to Florida over a year ago. I can't think of Malta without thinking of pastizzi!
I tried making them, but although they came out good, they were not the same. Can anyone tell me how I can get some? Please help! 

Monday, August 27, 2007 5:06:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redcat, too bad you are not either back in Malta or here in Toronto canada, where in Little Malta you can buy frozen fresh Pastizzi in any flavour. There is a Grocery Store here called Hyland Farms which also carry them. Look them up on the internet. they might do delivery??

As far as my Canadian BORN roots go - We speak ENGLISH, (and some French)...NOT "Canadian". That is like telling someone from Mexico they speak "Mexican" and not Spanish. Whoever wrote that needs more schooling! 

Monday, September 17, 2007 7:06:00 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have the web address of the Hyland Farms store? We also lived in Malta a few years ago and my kids are begging me to make some pastizzi. They didn't turn out so well last time.
Tracy in Denver 

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 4:44:00 PM
Anonymous maltese Aussie said...

I have been in Australia for 34 years and still look for Maltese food, especially pastizzi and if I can get it Kinnie. I never thought of myself as an italian (even now that I am married to one) I certainly know we don't speak Arabic and definitley don't think I am english but what I know is that I am Maltese and proud of it but I am also proud to call myself an Aussie. 

Friday, January 11, 2008 2:01:00 AM

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