Our search for restaurants takes us along Republic Street, the main pedestrian walkway. Along the way we encounter many people in costumes. Some are clearly part of the dancing groups associated with the floats. Others seem to be people who just wanted to participate and have fun in costume.
In honor of Fat Tuesday we both order pasta - Spaghetti Carbonara for William and Pappadelle Pulled Pork for me (made with whisky jus, garlic, and truffle paste). Both are delicious. We have an opportunity to chat with one of the owners. He gently admonishes William for having one small ice cube in his whisky; the owner saying his grandmother who is Scottish would not approve. We discuss various whiskies and we decide to try one of his favorites from Isay - Ardbeg. It's quite smoky, but smooth. Very nice.
After dinner we waddle the 8 blocks to Triq Anne. The vendors are setup offering sweets, a range of foods and beverages. Unlike our first trip to Carnival alcohol is now frequently offered by the vendors. However there's no rowdiness. Perhaps it is early in the night or people are tired from 6 days of fun. We've also been told that Valletta's Carnival is much more tame than Carnival on Gozo.