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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Best Cakes In Malta At Fontanella Tea Garden, Mdina

Visiting Mdina isn't complete without coffee and cake at Fontanella Tea Garden

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A Cafe With A View- Cassatella Siciliana at Fontanella Tea Garden, Mdina

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Fontanella Tea garden
A popular stop on Malta sightseeing tours and a recommendation from the locals is Mdina. The silent city of Mdina is Malta's oldest town and was established by the Phoenicians as the country's first urban settlement which functioned as Malta's capital until it was succeeded by Valletta in 1571.

Mdina is known as the 'Silent City' and you will see very few cars around the settlement due to it's very narrow passageways and just around 400 inhabitants. Mdina offers an atmosphere of relaxed calm and despite it's attractiveness to many tourists it still maintains a charm away from the 'tat' stores seen in the coastal resorts of Bugibba where we stayed.

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Fontanella Tea Garden Terrace

Cassatella Siciliana at Fontanella Tea Garden, Mdina

Fontanella Tea Garden offers arguably the best cakes in Malta. You certainly can't argue with their size and appearance judging by our single slice of Cassatella (pictured below). Tables are set across parts of Mdina's fortifications to give some awe-inspiring views across towards the West coast resorts of Bugibba, St Julians and Sliema.

We paid 2.85 euros for our slice (About £2.60) which would easily serve as two pieces in a restaurant back home. We also witnessed a slice of chocolate cake being served which was about 6 inches deep and certainly looked like a future glutony induced heart-attack in the making.

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Cassatella Siciliana at Fontanella Tea Garden, Mdina Malta

Tasting Cassatella For The First Time

Looking on the Fontanella Tea Garden menu as a cake addict was a pure delight. From amazing looking chocolate cakes to some beautiful looking Ricotta cakes and Baci certainly had me salivating. Having never tried (or even seen) Cassatella before we decided to share a piece between us and see what we've missed out on.

Cassatella is a cake of Sicilian origin where it seems to be known as Cassata Siciliana. The cake brings together a sugar overdose from marzipan, candied fruits and ricotta cream. It's definitely my kind of dessert in that respect.

Awe-Inspiring Views Of Malta From Mdina

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Spinola Bay From Mdina

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St Pauls Bay and Bugibba from Mdina

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