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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
THE AVENUE RESTAURANT
We had seen this restaurant on a number of occasions while meandering around the interesting streets of the happenin' little village of Paceville and decided to give it a try for lunch.
One reason we stopped there was because we had read in a local tourist magazine that they specialized in pizzas and we were in the mood for one. Boy were we disappointed!
When we looked at the tempting menu we both conjured up the notion of a salad and individual pizza. We placed our orders only to be told that the pizza oven isn't fired up until the dinner crowd arrives. So we had another iced tea and switched to plan-B.
I chose a small order of pasta with clams to get my lunch going and it was good. Not sensational but good. There were a few clam shells on it so I know at least some live clams had been sacrificed in it. For my main course I ordered deep fried plaice. Plaice is a flat fish and the favorite fish used by fish and chips vendors in London. Turns out, however, it was the wrong choice here! It was awful. The flesh was brownish instead of white and I could barely eat it. I really goofed by not ordering the fresh fish of the day which looked just great on nearby tables.
My wife chose a vegetarian pasta dish for her lunch and it was great.
Local restaurant reviewers give this place high marks for good value and as a family venue. And the menu is very ambitious offering everything from fresh salmon to prime rib to chicken Kiev. Perhaps a bit too ambitious? Still, this place has to have something goin' for it because it was packed by locals on our visit.
The Avenue is located at 18 Paceville Avenue in Paceville and while I don't think they take reservations, you can ring them up at 21 311753.
One interesting note about Paceville. This is the place where the young people go to get loaded and party every night. If you've been dining elsewhere on the island and return to the Westin Dragonara hotel in St. Julians, you'll pass through Paceville and it will be absolutely jammed with boozers. The next morning you'll find the town littered with spent beer bottles and whiskey bottles.
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