Gozo – Taste History with a dinner at De Soldanis in the Cittadella
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Next weekend, Heritage Malta will be recreating a taste of history in Gozo – with a dinner at De Soldanis, when the food he was preparing at his house will be on offer, so that everyone can taste the history of Gozo of the 18th century.
During the 18th Century Malta was undergoing various political and intellectual changes. Various men of letters were interested in a Maltese culture and were keen to insert this culture within a larger European framework.
Heritage Malta explained that one such enlightened gentlemen was the first librarian of the Bibliotheca in Valletta: Agius de Soldanis. His pride in the Maltese language made him a fervent advocate of its qualities.
It said that through his conviction of a rich language and history he left behind him abundant information of a patriotic, ethnographical and linguistic value.
Some of his texts are also important for Maltese culinary history, these form the basis of our menu.
Heritage Malta went on to say that when the Frenchmen Antione Favray and M. Lacombe visited Gozo they both stayed at de Soldanis’ house at the Gran Castello.
It was an opportunity for de Soldanis to converse with fellow men of letters. Il Signor Canonico de Soldanis, as his friend Ignazio Saverio Mifsud referred to him, was a man who at the earliest opportunity offered his house to scholarly travellers, Mifsud explains that “dinner at de Soldanis’ was molto fastoso, e di gusto.”
It is this dinner that Heritage Malta will be recreating. Both events will start with a brief talk at the Gran Castello Historic House – a unique cluster of late medieval and early modern houses within Gozo’s old castle.
Heritage Malta said that this will be followed by a short walk to the Cittadella Cultural Centre where the sit-down dinner will be hosted.
Taking place next Saturday, the 13th at 7.30pm for the dinner and Sunday, the 14th of April at 12.30pm for the lunch. Tickets are €60 per person and available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, and online by clicking here.