Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
October 20, 2004
The name of this restaurant is a clear indication of both its Italian origin and its location, a short distance away from Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's castle. So, if you're looking for special Italian fare in a superb location where the ambience is as pleasant as the food, opt for Il Castello and your desires and expectations will definitely be satisfied.
Located next to the historical building that houses the Stadthotel Wittenberg Schwarzer Baer, Il Castello occupies two floors of another medieval building that has been meticulously restored with no expense spared. If you're in the vicinity of the Tourist Office, walk east along Schlossstrasse for about 30 metres where you'll find Il Castello on your right. Alternatively, Il Castello is a stone's throw from the Markt at the easternmost end of Schlossstrasse.
The restaurant's ground floor is furnished with a dark-wood bar and numerous matching stools where customers can sit and enjoy a delicious cocktail that is mixed, shaken and iced by the Italian barman. You can opt for Pils or Radeberger on draught if you wish or else choose local quality wine like Riesling or Muller-Thurgau. You can take your free share of mouth-watering appetizers from the wide variety presented at the bar. The drinking area leads to the restaurant's inner courtyard that houses a gazebo-style garden conservatory that is awfully hot in summer but ideal for the winter weather. Even better is the ambience at a table on the street where clients can enjoy a festive atmosphere brought about by the tour groups who parade from the Markt towards Schlossplatz. After sunset, the atmosphere is further enhanced by the scarcely audible Italian operetta music that creates an aura of relaxation.
Upstairs, the huge restaurant is furnished with dark-wood tables and matching armchairs, arranged systematically to create an atmosphere of elegance, tidiness and refinement. The curtains gathered at the sides to allow natural light to come through add to the elegance of the place. White tablecloths and matching napkins, silver cutlery and vases with fresh flowers characterize the restaurant's high-class superfine atmosphere.
Some customers dine here to enjoy the elegance of the restaurant upstairs; others opt to dine at the sunshaded street tables to enjoy the lively atmosphere that characterizes this pedestrianised mall. But without exception, all come here to savor the delicious Italian fare, which is undoubtedly the best asset of Il Castello. The usual varieties of pizza are tasty and good; better are the unusual ones, such as the pizza al salamone topped with fillets of fresh salmon and crushed almonds. The long list of pasta dishes on the menu makes the choice difficult but undoubtedly, the best is the pasta au gratin, which is always served with a fuming layer of parmigiano. The long list of Italian desserts caters only for those who want to keep their sugar level high. Try the over-sweet cassata Siciliana or opt for a semi-freddo with the flavor and topping of your choice.
Opens daily from 11:00am to midnight.
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