DO YOU LOVE FISH AND SEAFOOD?

There are several good fish & seafood restaurants around Chia, South Sardinia, where you can taste fresh delicacies of the sea! For example, try a selection of seafood antipasti such as the pulpo with vegetables, the tuna salad with olives and tomato or the mixed seafood antipasto! To complete your meal you must try the wonderful redfish Catalan style with onions and tomatoes. All this accompanied by a fresh Vermentino wine….Mmmhhh… So delicious!

Our favorite fish & seafood restaurants are the rustic Trattoria da Angelo in Domus de Maria, and in Chia the amazing and lively Ristorante Mirage, the wonderful Ristorante Bithia and the chic Ristorante Crar’è Luna. Make your choice and enjoy!

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A GREAT PLACE TO TRY THE GRILLED PIGLET SARDINIAN STYLE

If you are staying in the Chia area, you probably haven’t missed the sign of the Ristorante Bithia, just on the main road to the beaches. Well if you have asked yourself whether you should give them a try, our answer is you should!

This pretty restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and welcomes families with children as well as small groups. Depending on the weather you can eat either in the lovely garden or in the large patio. For cooler days, they also have a few tables inside.

Now let’s talks about their specialties: here is the place where you should try Fregola (a coarse type of couscous) with seafood, fish and meet (e.g. beef ribs) on the grill. On the menu you will also find cutlets, salad dishes and hamburgers. During the summer you can savor the delicious grilled Maialetto Sardo (piglet) which will be served every Tuesday – book in advance! In any case, don’t leave before having tried their delicious desserts, for example the Sfogliata Chantilly (layers of puff pastry with whipped cream and seasonal fruits) and their homemade Sebada (traditional Sardinian fried pastry filled with fresh cheese and honey). Yummmm!

If you have any doubts, just ask the lovely waitress Frederica, which is always friendly and helpful in describing the dishes, even in English.
For bookings contact Ristorante Bithia, Viale Chia 6, 09010 Domus de Maria, Phone +39 0709230069. They also speak English!
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ALWAYS AT EASTER – COLOMBA DI PASQUA

For sure this traditional Italian Easter yeast bread called “La Colomba” (Easter Dove) will not be missed on any Italian table. It’s shape recalls the dove symbolizing peace and resurrection.

The dough is soft and fragrant, rich in butter and eggs, mixed with pieces of candied oranges. The almond icing is applied before baking, giving it a sweet, crisp crust. Here is a recipe for those who want to bake it!

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Easter Dove- Colomba Di Pasqua Recipe – Food.com
Easter in Italy will not be without the lovely yummy cake in form of a dove, a Easter dove sign of peace

CREATIVE EASTER BREAD

In Sardinia it is tradition to prepare a very special and elaborated Easter bread, the forms of which are manifold: crown, chick, girl, lapwing, fish, small baskets with holes in the shape of a fruit or flower. Even their names are different: ‘coccoi cun s’ou’, ‘coccoi to pippia’, ‘coccoi de pasca’, ‘coccoi de ou’ and of course many others.

All of these breads are completed by embedding an egg (with the shell) in the dough and sometimes concealing it. This particular bread is considered a symbol of fertility and good luck.

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN ITALY – HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY?

In Italy the Christmas celebration officially starts on December 8 and lasts until January 6. One of the most important Christmas tradition is the Nativity crib scene. On December 8 most Italian families put out a crib in their homes, which is usually handed down from generation to generation. The figure of the baby Jesus is put into the crib only in the evening of December 24.

In the week before Christmas children go from house to house dressed as shepherds, playing pipes, singing and reciting Christmas poems. They are given money to buy presents.

On Christmas Eve catholic families eat a meatless dinner, usually consisting of fish or seafood. In southern Italy the traditional Christmas Eve dish is Capitone, a big female eel, roasted, baked or fried. Dinner is traditionally followed by a living nativity scene and the midnight mass. When people return from Mass, they might have a slice of Italian Christmas cake called Panettone, which is like a dry fruity sponge cake!

The most significant meal of the festivities is the Christmas Day lunch, which can last for hours. For this occasion a large beautiful table is prepared to accommodate all the guests. The meal usually starts with a classic antipasto serving cuts of cured meat, garnished with olives and cheese. Then follows the pasta dish, traditionally pasta al forno (a kind of lasagne) or cannelloni, of which no Italian will refuse a second serving. Roasted veal, braised beef or roasted chicken with potatoes will be often served as a second dish. Finally, home-made cookies, the mandatory Panettone or Pandoro will be served at the end of this lively family event.

Children write letters to Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) asking for presents. But on Christmas day Babbo Natale might bring them only small gifts, as in Italy the main day for present giving is on Epiphany (January 6). In Epiphany night, La Befana, a kind old witch, will fill children’s stockings with sweets if they have been good or with coal if they have misbehaved.

In Italian Merry Christmas is BUON NATALE! How do you say in your country?

Here’s a recipe for panettone: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/863653/mini-panettone

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GET A HOMEMADE PANETTONE FOR CHRISTMAS!

With an impressive history going back to 1967, the Forneria di Pula prepares a wide choice of panettoni with ingredients of the highest quality. They don’t use dyes nor preservatives and let the sweet bread cool down slowly in order to preserve the aromas and keep the balance of flavors to high levels.

If you are in the region, please visit this wonderful bakery in Pula! Not only you will get the freshest and most natural Christmas product you can get, but you will also help support the local artisans.

Address: Strada Statale 195 Km 28,500, 09010 Pula (CA), Italy
Website: http://www.laforneria.it/

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SEA URCHINS – HOW TO EAT THEM

Sea urchins are considered a cool weather food. In Sardinia you can find them on sale from the middle of November to late April.

This delicacy is eaten raw and is often featured in the cuisines of most Mediterranean cultures. The best way to eat sea urchins is by carefully dipping a piece of soft white bread directly into the shell and scoop out the meaty orange center, while trying to avoid any piece of shell or spine remaining from the opening process. Mmmm …. delicious! Give it a try!

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PECORINO SARDO DOP

Pecorino is a generic term and as such can be used to indicate any cheese made from sheep’s milk. And in fact, in Italy there is a great variety of pecorino cheese, all specific to regions or sheep breeds. The Pecorino Sardo, despite the recent recognition of designated origin, is long known and has an ancient history linked to the rich Sardinian production characteristics. It is made of whole ewes’ milk of Sardinia breed.

You will find the “Pecorino Dolce” (sweet Pecorino) and the “Pecorino Staggionato” (seasoned Pecorino). Both types are excellent table cheeses and the seasoned one is often used grated in local dishes. The sweet kind is best paired with light wines such as Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Sardegna or Monica of Sardegna, whereas the spicy type harmonises wonderfully with a Cannonau or Carignano del Sulcis Rosso.

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SAFFRON – THE SPICE BEYOND PRICE

The story goes that the saffron plant, originated in Greece, is the fruit of Crocus’ love for the nymph Smilax. As the gods were opposed to this love affair they transformed Crocus into a saffron plant and Smilax into a bindweed … Hermes, lovers’ adviser, used the plant as an aphrodisiac spice

The plant has arrived in Italy thanks to the Dominican priest Santucci. Today Sardinia and more precisely the villages of Villanovafranca, Turri and San Gavino produce yearly about 300 kg of high quality saffron with PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) recognition.

Why not not join the yearly Saffron Festival in San Gavino Monreale which takes place around mid of November? A very good way indeed for learning about and tasting this mystic spice!

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SO MANY IMPRESSIONS IN ONE PLACE

What to do on a grey winter day? My suggestion is to go to the amazing market of San Benedetto in the center of Cagliari. This experience is a feast for all senses! I never can get enough of the vibrant colors and wonderful smells of all the delicious food gracefully put on display.

For me this place is magic – I recommend it to anyone keen to learn about the Sardinian culture and its food. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Ah, don’t forget! On the way out, buy some freshly fried calamaris. They are so yum!

The best time to visit this fantastic market is before 10:00 am, from Monday to Thursday. The market is located in Via Francesco Cocco Ortu and is open daily until 13.00. There are plenty of parking lots nearby. Enjoy!

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