Sardinia has an immensely rich and complex food tradition. This is no surprise as Sardinia is an Island that has been conquered by a varies of culture throughout the centuries.
Well known for its ‘blue zones’, Sardinia boasts very little processed foods and a satisfying love for all things natural, such as their fern cheese, rich honeys and other local produce.
Even the production of preserves is highly regulated and monitored to be as authentic as possible. A value is placed by the people of Sardinia on quality, authenticity, custom and taste.
Bread is a staple of every Sardinian table and a variety of homemade breads exist in different regions, rich in flavour and texture. Famous examples such as Moddizzosu, Civraxiu, Coccoi.
Or Carasau come from the countless old
villages which are the repositories of a country’s life that still keeps its traditions alive.
The dough is artistically shaped for special occasion and ceremonies. Of course, despite the intricate design, it is best served with extra virgin olive oil.
The famous breads are more like art than food and Sardinia has its own pasta (Fregula, Malloreddus, Filindeu, Lorighittas, Culurgionis and etc) dishes which are different to mainland Italy.
Maria Carta: Head Chef of is Femminas Restaurant – Cagliari
No part of Sardinia culture is ever complete without food. Each region has its own unique traditions but the key products are: pasta bread, cheese , salami, meat products, olives and olive oil, honey, cakes. Nevertheless, you can not visit Sardinia and experience food in the market alone, but you will need to visit the farms such as the artichokes and olive farm or the countless vineyards.
Baking is an important activity and cake production is popular. Most popular are the almond, saffron and hazelnut flavours such as pistoccusu de mendula e de nuxi, picchirittus, amarettus, pardulas which are made for ceremonies or festivities.
Like most Mediterranean zones, the production of good quality olive oil is essential and processed in traditional ways with often ancients mills and methods to create the highest quality oil.
Le delizie di Bonaria – Cagliari
Local Market and Food Identity
Chini faidi su pani no morit de famini!
(Whoever makes bread does not starve!)