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A seafood lovers dream in Sardinia

September 13, 2013

Sardinia, a laid back island off the west coast of Italy, where the more famous city of Cagliari resides. We stayed in the town of Alghero and visited the surrounding areas in search of delicious eats. Below I have two recommendations. One that will inspire you with a gorgeous view and another that will tickle your palate… many times over.


#1 Ristorante La Guardiola

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Where: Piazza Bastione, 4, 07031 Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy
What: Lunch
Notable: This is a great lunch spot where you get fabulous views with a decent meal. We opted for the pasta dishes as those are always a safer bet. The food is good, but the overall experience is really great. You need to get a spot by the stone wall!
Price: A tiny bit on the pricey side, but well worth it.


Linguine with squid, tuna roe and lemon

This dish is light and delicate, with very tasty nuggets of squid pieces tossed in the mix. The tuna roe added a nice savory touch to tease out the flavors of the dish and the acidity of the lemon brings it altogether.


Macaroni with squid ink, sea bass and saffron

A heavier dish with the fabulous flavor of squid ink. The firm sea bass bits provides a contrasting texture to the soft macarones and also a touch of salt that brings out the flavor of the black sauce.


#2 Mabrouk

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Where: Via Santa Barbara, Centro Storico, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
What: Dinner
Notable: This place offers a set meal that is charged per head. Once you are seated, the wine and food will just keep coming, even after you have given up. Here you’ll be greeted with tasty fresh seafood and lots of it. We had 13 dishes in total: 5 starters, 3 pasta dishes, 3 mains and 2 desserts. We were very lucky to get a table as they were packed! Reservations recommended (+39 79 970 000).
Price: For what you get, it is well worth it! (we paid ~75 euros for 2)


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Garlic and lemony sardines drizzled with olive oil and fresh parsley, chunks of deep fried white fish with fennel sauce, slow baked octopus with potatoes and olive oil and a perfectly cooked sting ray in tomato sauce… this was the beginning of our meal…


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The other highlights included flash fried shrimp and ravioli stuffed with artichokes and white fish.


Eating at Mabrouk on the fist night, these 13 dishes warmly welcomed us into the wonderful paradise called Sardinia.

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