GENERAL INFORMATION: Cuisine

SARDINIA: THE ISLAND OF FLAVORS!!!

Sardinia’s scenic beauty is matched almost equally with the delectable cuisine served here – in fact, for many Dolomite Mountains guests, the food is just as memorable as anything else they experience here!

Sardinia offers a surprisingly diverse range of food choices for such a concentrated area. Given its geographical positioning, it’s no surprise that seafood is one of the main choices on just about every menu, from squid and scampi to sweet rock lobster and fresh sardines. But seafood is far from the only choice available. There are plenty of delicious meat dishes, from roast lamb, goat, rabbit, and of course, su porcheddu (suckling pig). Su porcheddu is usually cooked on a spit, and seasoned with wild fennel, thyme, bay leaves, or myrtle, depending on to what part of the island you are on. 

Another famous component of Sardinian cuisine is the bread, particularly Pane Carasau. This thin bread is also often referred to as ‘carta da musica’, or music paper, because it is so paper-thin (3mm or thinner). Its crispy crust and softer inside yields a long shelf life.  While originally meant to satisfy the appetites of shepherds, who spent days at a time away from home tending their flocks, today it is a perfect souvenir to bring home for yourself or others. Pasta has found its way to the Island too – Sardinia is part of Italy, after all. Unusual pastas from malloreddus to fregula to pillus are here to be discovered, as well as culurgiones (an oversized semolina ravioli shaped like a dumpling, with fillings that vary from region to region on the island).

While Sardinia may be famous for its breathtaking natural scenery, coming in a close second is the dairy delicacy they’ve been producing there for over 5,000 years: cheese. In fact, Sardinia is a cheese lover’s paradise, with an overwhelming number of flavors and textures to choose from. Whether you prefer hard or soft, mild, sharp or tangy, you’re sure to find at least a few cheesy delights to fall in love with during your time on the island. While there are more than 30 types of cheese produced in Sardinia, Pecorino remains the most popular. In fact, 80% of Italy’s Pecorino Romano cheese comes from the island of Sardinia. Moreover, the island boasts the highest production of pecorino in all of Europe.

Sardinia’s most popular beverage, just as it is in most of Italy, is wine. What makes Sardinian wine so enticing is not just the way it’s produced, but how it is so perfectly paired with the mouthwatering, traditional cuisine of the area. From the well known and popular red Cannonau, born of the oldest vine in Europe, to the notable white Malvasia D.O.C., to the Vernaccia di Oristano, rarely seen outside of Italy, be sure to explore how these so perfectly complement the regional cuisine.

Finally, don’t miss the famous Mirto and Limoncello, Sardinian liqueurs made from myrtle and lemons respectively, as well as the macaroons, torrone, and other sweets from the Island. The flavors of the food you’ll try in Sardinia ranging anywhere from simple and natural to bold and intense – almost as intriguing as the people who call this island paradise home!

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