Nestled snugly in the centre of ‘Il-Menqa’ (the fishermen‘s mooring place) in Marsalforn, the Pulena Restaurant is a family-run eatery now in its 21st year of existence. Jean Pierre Grech, the owner at Pulena highly believes in the importance of a thriving local food economy.
Jean Pierre explained “When grown locally, the crops are picked at their peak of ripeness versus being harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to a local importer. Local food has a shorter time between harvest and table, and it is less likely that the nutrient value has decreased.
Also, by purchasing locally grown foods we help maintain farmland and green open space in our community. We ask and know what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When we know where our food comes from and who grew it, we know a lot more about that food. We also sustain our fisherman who have very though job as we experience it first hand, being literally in the fishermen‘s mooring place in Marsalforn”. In fact, fresh fish is guaranteed every day as long as fishermen can venture out to sea.
Two menu items stand out; the traditional ravioli filled with local fresh sheep cheese and the local rabbit dish braised in local white wine and garnished with fresh local herbs. The menu list at the Pulena endorses a sustainable tourism measures oriented towards the ‘zero km’ philosophy.