At Sapori di Sardegna, you might start wondering whether you’re half an hour from Bondi Beach or in some neighbourhood deli on Sardinia.

The squid-ink linguine with bottarga (salted and cured fish roe) and cherry tomatoes is the menu’s piatto forte – the thing that keeps everyone coming back. The bottarga is made in Sydney by Salumi Australia, a team from central Sardinia that also makes the spicy sausage that owner Andrea Pinna proudly serves with his crispy pane carasau (flatbread) and charcuterie board.

Sardinian flags and typical produce such as San Giuliano extra virgin olive oil or malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi) show Sapori di Sardegna is the real thing when it comes to the flavours of the island it’s named after.

Cagliari Football Club’s original T-shirts contribute to the tiny cafe and deli’s decor. Sardinians and Australians alike sit outside and chat with the owners, ordering imported Karalis espresso from – you guessed it – Sardinia.

Updated: October 24th, 2019

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