Traditional Sardinian food at the agriturismo “Da Paolina”, in Santa Teresa di Gallura
‘It feels like home’, that’s what comes to mind when you stay at the agriturismo “Da Paolina” in Santa Teresa di Gallura. The hospitality of Tiziana and her mother-in-law will leave you with a smile on your face and a full stomach!
WHERE IS THE AGRITURISMO LOCATED?
The farmhouse is located in Saltara, about 11 km from the charming town of Santa Teresa di Gallura and it is very easy to get there by taking the state road that connects Santa Teresa to the Costa Smeralda. After 6 km, turn at the “Saltara” sign, you’ll drive through a condo complex and along an unlit road.
I advise you, in any case, to turn the GPS on to avoid making a mistake. Once you arrive, you’ll find a large outdoor parking lot where you can safely park your car/motorbike.
As I have already mentioned, upon your arrival you will find a large parking lot and immediately on the left a huge vegetable garden where the owners grow fresh produce for the restaurants. This is always a plus in my book!
A medium-large building comfortably hosting 60-70 seats and a patio, which in time, will allow for al fresco dinners. There are also two wood-burning ovens outside, where some of the cooking takes place.
THE SPECIAL SOMETHING
Nature. I know, I know, this isn’t a feature exactly but a hotel surrounded by nature definitely has an advantage. Tranquility and peace make this place unique.
From the cheese and salami to the pasta and bread, everything is grown here and has a genuine flavor, as soon as you taste them you know that you’re at a agriturismo. Not every agriturismo offers farm-to-table food, so again this an additional perk.
WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
I’ll start by answering the second question. There’s a set menu which includes starters, 2-3 pasta dishes (depending on the time of the year), 1 main course, dessert, liquor, wine and water. The price for the set menu is € 35 per person.
Let’s begin with the starters:
breaded eggplant, tomatoes and cheese;
zucchini and onion;
beans and onion;
stuffed zucchini with basil, eggs and sugar;
A charcuterie board with home-made cow cheese, bacon and salami;
fregola with artichokes and saffron;
broad beans, bacon and chili.
Onto to the first course. Usually, you get to taste 3 different dishes, for example:
Gallura soup (day-old bread with meat broth and fresh cheese);
Sardinian gnocchetti (chiusoni) with sausage sauce;
ravioli galluresi (puligioni) filled with ricotta, lemon and sugar.
The second course: the famous Sardinian pork roast with potatoes. This recipe has been handed down for hundreds of years and it is one of the most typical dishes of Sardinia. It’s crazy to think that up until 50 years ago, this was a special dish that was only eaten for the holidays.
I don’t really love pork, so I couldn’t fully appreciate how delicious the dish was, but I recognize that many Sardinians and tourists love it.
Desserts change daily and can include seadas (puff pastry, fresh cheese and honey), almond cakes and ricottelle. The best part of these delicious desserts is that they’re homemade.
If you want to try authentic Sardinian cuisine, I suggest you make a note of the name of this agriturismo. You won’t regret it!
One last thing, the agriturismo also has a B&B with 4 rooms.