Food and wine means a lot to me on holiday and we like to try local dishes. At the local pizzeria where we stayed you could order mixed fish which was superb with crayfish, octopus and cuttle fish to name a few, the Sea Bass we had one evening was absolutely delicious. I enjoyed all the wines which we sampled, and although we brought some back it never tastes the same without the warm sun! There were all sorts of different breads, the most famous is "pane karasau" meaning become hard, it is a wafer thin round slice and the shepherds used to take this with them as it keeps for weeks. Warmed up and served with a few drops of olive oil it goes well with a glass of wine as you wait for your meal! Eating out was expensive even in the pizzeria! Pasta starter for one person and bread, selection of grilled fish and a dolce sardi (sweet of the day) plus wine, water and coffee for two was over 80 Euros, pizza started at about 6 euros. So one day we bought some of the local gnocchetti sardi which is baby pasta shells and along with a jar of tomato sauce and some ham and local cheeses I cooked dinner, a simple starter and heavenly almond cake along with some well chilled wine completed my simple meal at about an eighth of the cost! The local cheeses are very tasty and come from soft fresh cheese to the harder varieties. Supermarkets are well stocked with all produce, and we purchased some tasty savouries for lunch time. We of course sampled the delicious ice cream, it was hard which to choose, my favourite was a mocha coffee concoction, although the peach sorbet was very refreshing! It is fun asking for things in the shops and some staff helped us pronounce the names.
We didn’t hear an English voice until the end of our holiday, which made us feel we really were in a foreign country. It made us try the language and everyone was so friendly and helped us with the pronunciation it was well worth the effort, a few buon journo, per favore, and grazie certainly helps. It is an expensive destination, although I accept we were in an expensive tourist area, but we did go again, because we wanted to discover a bit more of the secret of Sardinia and then sampled even more exciting restaurants.
The owner of the apartments where we stayed booked restaurants for us – earning himself a commission! We sampled 14 different fish dishes at one restaurant, only small portions I hasten to add but amazing how many ways fish can be served. Another was a farmhouse restaurant in the middle of a wood, where we ate suckling pig and other delicious foods, somewhere we would never have found without directions but it was an evening to remember.
It's well worth finding places where the locals eat rather than expensive touristy places.