If you have exhausted the culinary delights of cities like Rome, Venice and Milan; why not take a trip to the beautiful island of Sardinia? toptable is now booking tables at 16 of the most popular eateries so you can sample the area’s finest produce and traditional recipes.
On the coast, seafood lovers are spoilt for choice with simply grilled fish, lobster and shellfish, while inland you will find plenty of spit-roasted meats, panada (flaky meat pastries) and Pecorino Sardo (the famous ewe’s milk cheese). The island’s mountainous terrain and old hunting traditions mean that pork, wild herbs, lamb and wild boar often appear on the menus. For dessert, don’t miss the sticky-sweet dolci sardi – small biscuits and pastries made with delicious local honey.
Cagliari is a popular destination for foodies because of its plentiful food markets, cookery schools and bustling restaurants. One of our favourites, Dal Corsaro, is a classically elegant eatery serving creative Sardinian fare. The cellar stocks an impressive 400 bottles and the restaurant has become a firm favourite amongst visiting wine connoisseurs and honeymoon couples.
For an al fresco lunch or dinner with a view, the Aqua Lounge is hard to beat. The modern dining room overlooks Porto Cervo and the menu combines Mediterranean dishes with a few Eastern favourites like sushi and sashimi. There are more stunning sea views on offer at L’Ottava Isola – a rescued barge off Santo Stefano that has been transformed into a lively Italian restaurant, complete with a live lobster pool.
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