The one80 concept was born out of a passion for food, a feeling that is mutual between founding duo Rouvin Zammit Apap and Jesmond Vella. Combining their professional backgrounds in the 5-star hotel industry and their shared love of excellent food and hospitality, Rouvin and Jesmond developed an innovative concept for a restaurant of their own, resulting in the inaugural one80 Kitchen & Lounge in Mellieħa, Malta.

Three years later, the one80 brand expanded to Malta’s sister island of Gozo with the opening of the one80 Kitchen at Mġarr Yacht Marina. To further diversify their offering, one80 introduced a seasonal floating bar in the heart of the Mġarr Yacht Marina and, most recently, added the entertainment destination Ix-Xatt by one80 to their Gozitan venues. Although each destination offers a unique concept, the overall one80 experience promises excellent quality throughout!

About one80

The one80 concept is simple – we are devoted to offering uncomplicated, good food and drink. While we carry out extensive research before putting together our menus, we want to let our dishes do the talking, resulting in easy, relaxed and modern cuisine that bursts with flavour and elegance.

Our strength lies in the quality of the ingredients that we source for our restaurants – from local fish and premium beef to international wines and homemade desserts.

We strive to support local farmers and fishermen by working with Maltese and Gozitan suppliers renowned for their high-quality produce. Each of our venues is designed to create a welcoming ambience where guests can feel right at home while enjoying a freshly prepared meal among friends.

Our kitchens and bars are equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and technology, which are handled by our talented and respected chefs. To truly understand the one80 experience, we invite you to visit one of our four outlets in Malta and Gozo.

Andrea Motta – Head Chef, one80 Kitchen & Lounge, Mellieha

Honouring his Italian origins, Head Chef Andrea Motta is a true expert of Italian cuisine. Born in Padova and brought up in Bologna with a strong Sicilian background, Andrea has mastered the art of making fresh pasta and has become an expert in all things fish and seafood. As you can imagine, his Italian roots have had a significant influence on our menus – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Andrea began his culinary career in Brazil, where he worked at an Italian restaurant in the city of Fortaleza that fused traditional dishes with Brazilian flavours. He picked up this technique while working at the popular ‘Churraschiera’ restaurant, also in the same Brazilian state. Later, he moved to Bologna where he finessed his skills and continued his training at a 2-star Michelin restaurant, ‘Osteria del Sole’, where he seriously developed his palate and passion for top quality produce.

Since then, Chef Andrea has worked in several leading restaurants between Italy and Malta. Ambitious by nature and well-seasoned in his craft, Andrea is a born leader who now heads all kitchen operations from our Mellieħa restaurant and is responsible for maintaining the high standards behind the one80 concept.

Andrea’s genuine and humble attitude is carried through from the kitchen to his daily life. He believes that luxury lies in simplicity and appreciates whatever comes his way, surrounded by his loved ones.