Sardinia’s Gastronomy

As you may know by now, Italy is mostly known for its rich gastronomy, and a beautiful and remarkable place like Sardinia won’t be the exception to that rule, especially considering the fact that they have something most places don’t: Sea. Just like every other Italian region, Sardinian cuisine features a lot of vegetables and meat cooked in a huge variety of ways, and there’s a lot of olive oil in most of its recipes, as it’s pretty much one of Italy’s most important exporting goods. But, what to eat when traveling to Sardinia? If you’re planning to go on vacation, these are the plates you must try, and if you’re not planning one, you’ll want to after reading this next paragraphs:

Culurgioni

Sardinia’s most popular pasta has to be Culurgioni. This delightful plate is quite similar to ravioli, but more often than not it comes in a triangle-like shape, even though we’ve tasted some exceptions with different shapes. Culurgioni is usually stuffed with a mix of vegetables, cheese, chards, and curd, and it’s usually dressed with a typical Italian sauce and grated sheep cheese on top. If you’re a pasta lover, you just can’t visit Sardinia and not eat Culurgioni.

Fish Barbecue

If you want to enjoy a typical dish, and have a true taste at Sardinian fish, you definitely must try the Sardinian’s fish barbecues, which basically consist of huge plates of several grilled fish, like sardines, and sepia, at least in the most common presentations. Obviously, this dish is mostly served in places where most food is grilled.

Spaghetti Alle Srselle A Bottarga

This one pretty much means spaghetti with clams and botarga. For those who don’t know, botarga are the eggs of some fish, and are quite raw and salty, and for most dishes, they’ll serve you mullet botargas as a side dish, even though sometimes they could use tuna botargas.

Spaghetti Alle Srselle A Bottarga
Spaghetti Alle Srselle A Bottarga

Pasta Allo Scoglio

While this may not be an exclusively Sardinian dish, Sardinia is known for the way they cook shellfish, which is pretty much better than everywhere else in the world. In fact, most Italians think Spaniards leave shellfish incredibly dry and barely tasteful, which is exactly the opposite to what happens in Sardinia. Warning: never ask an Italian for grated cheese when eating shellfish, it’s like a major insult for them.

Porceddu / Porcetto Maialino

Crazy as it may seem, this dish is called differently in Italian or Sardinian, so you might as well learn both, so you know what to ask when going out to dinner. This one is, by far, the most delicious dish we’ve ever tasted in Sardinia.

Porceddu / Porcetto Maialino
Porceddu / Porcetto Maialino

The porcetto is basically whole stuffed and baked pork, just like the ones you’ll find in most movies. We just cannot describe how incredibly tasteful it is, even if most kids may be afraid or sad about taking a bite of it. It’s juicy, tasteful, and slow-cooked, so you know it basically melts in your mouth while you’re chewing it.