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Map of Sardinia

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean; just a bit smaller than Sicily. Sardinia is also the fourth least populated region in Italy, with under two million inhabitants. The culinary history of Sardinia can be traced back thousands of years. One of the oldest Sardinian foods is probably pane carasau, or “music bread”. In fact, remains of a crispy flatbread like pane carasau have been found in archeological excavations of ancient Sardinian stone buildings.

Delicious Food From The Mountains and Pastures

Gnocchetti Sardi con CinghialeMeat, cheese, beans, and pasta are the historical staples of a Sardinian diet. Despite having 1,800 kilometers of beautiful rugged coastlines and stunning sandy beaches, fish and seafood dishes in Sardinia only become popular several centuries ago. Sardinia doesn’t have a long history of seafarers and fishermen. It is known as a “nation of shepherds”. In fact, sheep outnumber people on the island at approximately three to one! Because most of the populated regions tend to be farther inland, the origins of Sardinian food comes from the mountains and pastures. The reason Sardinian populated areas are primarily inland is because of a long history of raids from foreign invaders. For this reason, there is a saying that the sea brings “nothing but trouble”.

Cultural Influences From All Over


The Phoenicians first came to Sardinia in 880 B.C., followed by Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Spanish, and several others. All of these cultures left a bit of their influence on Sardinian food today. The cuisine of Sardinia is now one that balances the traditional dishes of cheese, meats, and beans with Mediterranean influences such as myrtle and saffron. The result is, of course, delicious!

Cooking the Sardinian Way

It's important to us that people enjoy food, family, and long healthy lives.  The ingredients found on this site are expertly crafted from the finest that Sardinia, Italy has to offer.  Everything here is selected by Efisio Farris for it's color, flavor, texture, and a wide variety of other qualities including health benefits.  Our ingredients don't include junk fillers that degrade the ability of the food to contribute to your health.  

 

We hope that as you browse the site and read through the cookbook that you'll learn a new way of cooking delightful meals for your guests and family, and that you'll be inspired by Efisio's stories and the history presented here.

Experience Sardinian Cooking from the Masters

If you're looking to experience Sardinian cuisine from the master himself, Arcodoro in Houston, Texas is the place to go.  Treat yourself, treat your family, treat your friends or treat your colleagues.  Arcodoro offers an exclusive menu of great food that's reasonably priced.  Our Wine menu contains a wide variety of wines, including many that have emerged from Sardinia's rich traditions.  Visit Arcodoro.com today to make your reservation.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Gourmet Sardinia and our line of fine Italian ingredients.  Our staff are available to assist you at any time in order to help you decide what to buy and how to use these fine products.  We can also help you with wholesale and large market orders.

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4408 W 12th Street

Houston, TX 77055

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