The Islanders that Didn’t Fish

When you think about Sardinia, you rapidly think about a paradise island blessed by transparent blue waters and white sandy beaches. Keep on with your eyes wide shut and now dream of seating at a local restaurant to try the amazing southern Italian food. What would your imaginary waitress bring to the table? Don’t use your common sense to create your ideal dishes because you will be wrong: the island does not have a typical coastal gastronomy. In the real Sardinia, you will be surprised that fish and seafood are not among the most traditional dishes and the majority of marine recipes are fairly new. Even if at the first impression we might think that this is really strange and even unreasonable, there is a logical explanation.

As a coveted floating land that was continuously threatened by foreign invasions, inhabitants didn’t have another chance that fled inland and settled down in the mountains to keep safe. That is how they developed a cuisine based on the wild animals that they could hunt at the mountainous area like boars, goats, and hares. These different meats were usually prepared roasted as well as used in stews and pasta sauces. Lamb cooked with wild fennel and sheep’s cheese became one of the island’s favourite dish.

Lying on the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, mysterious Sardinia has been occupied by Phoenician, Greek, Arab, Spanish, and French conquers that were delighted by the fine fish that could be found on the abandoned waters of the coastal regions. They left the influences of their fishing habits on the local gastronomy providing inherited fish and seafood recipes to the regional cooking book such as Fregola pasta soup with cockles and Gray mullet baked in sea salt. The most exclusive speciality is roasted lobster with parsley and bread crumbs, the start of the high local gastronomy that you can try at the restaurant of Hilton Hotel Sardinia. If you want to stay at the North of the island, Doubletree hotel Sardinia offers a central location that is great to explore the upper region. Instead, if you go South, don’t miss Cagliari and the chance to experience one of the largest and most vibrant fish markets in Italy.

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October 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips

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