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Two varieties of Maltese pastizzi
Type Pastry
Place of origin Malta
Main ingredients Phyllo, ricotta or mushy peas
Variations Cannoli
Cookbook:Pastizz  Pastizz

A pastizz (plural pastizzi) is a savoury pastry from Malta. Pastizzi usually have a filling either of ricotta or of mushy peas, and are called pastizzi tal-irkotta, "tal haxu", or pastizzi tal-piżelli'[1][2] Pastizzi are a popular and well-known Maltese food.


Pastizzi are usually diamond-shaped or round-shaped[3] and made of filo pastry (although there is also a puff pastry version). The pastry is folded in different ways according to the filling. They are typically baked on metal trays in electric or gas ovens in a pastizzerija, usually a small or family concern preparing and selling small pastries. They may also be sold in bars and by street vendors.

Culinary export[edit]

Pastizzi are also produced amongst the immigrant communities of Maltese in Australia, the US and Canada. The first pastizzeria in Scotland opened in 2007.[3]

Pastizzi in the Maltese language[edit]

Such is its popularity, the word "pastizzi" has multiple meanings in Maltese.[4] It is used as a euphemism for the female sexual organ (due to its shape) and for describing someone as an "idiot". The Maltese expression jinbiegħu bħall-pastizzi (selling like pastizzi) is equivalent to the English "selling like hot cakes", to describe a product which seems to have inexhaustible demand.[5][6][7] Things which are jinħarġu bħall-pastizzi (coming out like pastizzi) can be said to be emerging at a fast rate, sometimes too quickly.[8][9] [10]

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