Malva Pudding Happiness

A little over 18 years ago, while visiting friends in the Peachtree City area, we decided to find a unique place to dine. We found a small restaurant that featured South-African food. We all enjoyed our entrees along with the time we shared together. When it was time for dessert, which I typically don’t order, I was offered a pudding named Malva, a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. I was told that many South African restaurants offer it. Some restaurants add ginger, brandy, and dates. So I ordered Malva pudding and became an instant fan.
Malva pudding remained in my mind as one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. A little over three weeks ago, while having lunch with one of my closest friends, I was pleasantly surprised when the waiter listed the desserts available at an Italian restaurant I had never visited. Imagine my surprise when the first item mentioned was Malva Pudding! An Italian Restaurant in Johns Creek featured the one dessert I loved and had not found anywhere since 1997.
“Our food will bring back memories” is Rosamia Ristorante Italiano’s slogan. How true that was for me. The restaurant features homemade delicacies including a nice range of Italian plates. The ravioli is delightful, and three choices are available: Portobello mushroom in sage Panna; Butternut with Amaretto di Saronno Sage butter; and, Ricotta with Erbe; Pomodoro or Bolognese. Pasta lovers can choose from Spaghetti, Penne, Farfalle, Linguini, and Capellini. Gluten-free pasta is available and for those who enjoy a bit of spice, all pasta can be made arrabbiata (spicy).
Their menus are available online if you want to peruse their offerings. The restaurant is small, though I consider that a plus. Reservations are always suggested and can be made by calling 770-772-6456 or via email at The memories that lunch at Rosamia brought back to my mind, and heart, are simple – a quiet, lovely time when my husband (now deceased) and I enjoyed the company of great friends while feasting on a fabulous meal in Peachtree City, and the best dessert I’ve ever had – Malva pudding. I would have never thought my heart would be so happy to find it again. And yes, my tummy was very happy too!
Rosamia Ristorante Italiano
11730 Jones Bridge Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30005

Julie Brennan has been publishing My Forsyth magazine since 2010. She volunteers as part of the Kick It Up and REACH programs for MentorMe North Georgia, South Forsyth High School Culinary School Program, and the Forsyth County Schools College and Career Development Program. Julie was born and raised on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. We like to refer to her as the Forsyth Foodie full of local flavor!
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