Maltese Food in NJ - Specifically Pastizzi?
I think you're going to be hard put to find a restaurant in NJ that serves any kind of Maltese cuisine. Your best bet would be to check out the Manhattan and Outer Boroughs boards.
There used to be a restaurant in Manhattan that claimed to be Maltese/Italian. I have no idea if it still exists. Good luck on your quest!
You are funny!
Thought with all the creative cooks in NJ there might be someone who could offer up a restaurant with this fare. Sometimes I hope a creative dreamer like myself will embrace the posts of a chowhound as an opportunity to enhance the restaurant offerings in NJ - LOL - agreed, It is unfortunate that most people in NJ are reluctant to open their minds to something other than the standard.
An aside It is even more amazing to me that Pizza Hut and Domino's survive and thrive in the Pizza State.
Here is some information on the Cuisine of Malta
"The dinner tables in Malta are a true blend of Mediterraneancuisine with a splash of Sicilian and North African influences. Like their Mediterranean neighbours, the Maltese subscribe to the philosophy that fresh, seasonal produce is best and make the most of their abundant natural resources.
The country's fertile soil ensures that plenty of fruit and vegetables are grown - among them zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, potatoes, figs, peaches, apricots and citrus. Fresh produce forms the basis of many Maltese dishes.
Although Maltese food is influenced by the country's Mediterranean neighbours Malta also boasts its own unique dishes. Patizzi, flaky pastry filled with cheese or vegetables, is famous in Malta. Lampuki, a pie made with the local dorado fish and vegetables, is one of the country's best loved dishes. Aljotta is a famous fish soup with marjoram, tomatoes, garlic and rice.
Maltese bread is known as something of an institution in itself. Traditionally the bread is made from sour dough, left over from the previous day, and is renowned for being crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Pastry is also used a lot in both savoury and sweet forms, and tarts, pies and sweet pastries are all eaten on a regular basis. Sweets are an integral part of Maltese eating. Nougat is popular, as are macaroons and the Italian influenced dessert cannoli - fried pastry rolled up and filled with ricotta and either chocolate chips or fruit."
My guess is you've got a better chance of finding Cocks Combs at the nearest 7-11.I would further place a bet that 99.9% of people in NJ have no idea what Malta has contributed the the gastronomic world (me included !).I would suggest you go to a good Greek place,get some filo pastry and try making your own with some ricotta for filling.Very few of anything but the ordinary and exceptional seem to survive in this State.Good luck.