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Maltese places in New York

John-Paul Pagano May 14, 2004 04:07 PM


Does anyone know of any Maltese restaurants or happenings in New York City? The only thing I'm aware of is the Maltese Cultural Center in Astoria -- that neighborhood having once been home to a small Maltese diaspora. Anyone aware of anything else?


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    ramona Jun 24, 2004 10:35 AM

    hi i m also a maltese in new york and looking for maltese restaurants or bakers..did u manage to find anything?? if so pls let me know i m dying for some good maltese food or bread :)

    thanks a lot

    1. lambretta76 Oct 26, 2006 03:23 PM

      You can (or at least could) get Maltese pastizzi here:

      JMJ Baking Corp
      38-11 23rd Street
      Long Island City NY 11100
      (718) 392.7280

      You may want to call in advance to see if they still have them.

      Here's a link to a review I wrote a while back:


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        LHT Oct 26, 2006 03:41 PM

        The Maltese Club you mentioned in Astoria usually has both frozen and cooked pastizzi. Around the holidays they also stock some of the sweet treats like the molasses ring, can't remember the Maltese name, but it's delicious. Definitely call before going though. When we stopped by about a month ago they were out of pastizzi. Also know that they're only open Friday late afternoon/evening through Sunday afternoon. They are extremely friendly over there and do sponsor a few events during the year where I'm sure the food is wonderful.

        JMJ Baking Corp is also a fun place to visit. We called before we went and when we walked in the owner right away recognized my husband as being Maltese. Needless to say, we were wisked into the back where he showed us the commercial bakery and were sent home with the most wonderful pastizzi.

        1. lambretta76 Oct 26, 2006 04:20 PM

          Does the Maltese Club have a restaurant, or do they only serve food at those events?

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          1. re: lambretta76
            LHT Oct 26, 2006 05:22 PM

            More like a bit of a social club/bar, with the Maltese soda and very standard beers & a few cocktails, not a restaurant. They do serve cooked pastizzi at the bar and I think sometimes hamburgers. It's almost always all men in there, but they were friendly and accepting when my husband and I stopped in. Usually there's soccer playing on the TVs and there's also a pool table.

          2. lambretta76 Oct 26, 2006 06:55 PM

            Hmmm... Kinnie, Cisk, and a pastizzi. I have the feeling my weekend is shaping up.

            1. shabbystorm Mar 21, 2009 10:52 AM

              Thank you for the post. Has anyone been here recently? Very interested but I live in Central NJ.

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                emma Mar 24, 2009 07:42 AM

                malta recently opened in williamsburg. their menu is on menupages.

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                1. re: emma
                  lambretta76 May 19, 2009 11:46 AM

                  Is there anything Maltese about this place? It looks like a fairly standard Italian menu and not much in the way of anything intrinsically Maltese. (Not that it's drastically different from Italian, but it is enough I'd think.)

                  1. re: lambretta76
                    malibu May 19, 2009 11:49 AM

                    I can't figure out why it's called Malta. I was just there last weekend. Def. not Maltese. It's spanish (i guess)? I had a very bland paella, some delicious sangria and some really good french fries. Very average. They have a really nice garden in the back.

                    1. re: malibu
                      emma May 22, 2009 09:35 AM

                      yes, i assumed a restaurant called 'malta' would be serving maltese food! very odd.

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                  CJ Mallia Dec 19, 2009 08:03 AM

                  Actually JMJ told me that now they will only make them around the holidays so nows the time.

                  My family actually came out of Astoria to Nassau county and in the tradition, I am out in Suffolk county and wondering if there was anywhere out this wa that I could find a shop that made Pastizzi?

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                  1. re: CJ Mallia
                    JOEASTORIA2 Oct 25, 2012 09:08 AM

                    FIND a place that sells Sfogliatelle , its the same dough. Ask to buy the dough. Fill and bake at home.

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                      CJ Mallia Oct 25, 2012 12:47 PM

                      Wow thanks Joe for a response to this old thread!

                      1. re: JOEASTORIA2
                        CJ Mallia Oct 25, 2012 02:21 PM

                        Next question where do I find these shells?

                        1. re: CJ Mallia
                          JOEASTORIA2 Oct 26, 2012 04:09 PM

                          Italian bakeries

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