My Sardinian friend told me that there were no good Sardinian restaurants in Rome.
“Let’s try it. You can be the judge.”
When we arrived, Stefano wasted no time in suggesting the mozzarella.
“Some bottarga?” he asked.
I hate bottarga.
“Only a little,” I pleaded.
I winced as he grated cured fish roe over our beautiful fresh mozzarella, I was truly concerned. With a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil, the dish was presented.
Incredible. The saltiness of the bottarga was offset by the acidity of the lemon, and the result was the best mozzarella that I have had in a very long time.
We sipped Sardinian wine while waiting for our main course – culurgionis.
The stuffed pasta is filled with potatoes, cheese and mint.
The weight of the dish was not exactly my idea of light summer food, but I cleaned my plate. And in fact, the speciality pasta IS a summer food in a way: the Sagra de Is culurgionis a Sadali – the festival dedicated to culurgionis in central Sardegna – happens every year on the first Sunday in August.
“Mirto!” Stefano declared as we finished eating.
“Mirto?” I asked.
“One mirto,” Serena decided.
The digestivo – an after dinner liqueur – is made from myrtle, which grows freely in Sardegna.
The perfect end to a meal.
Stefano is happy to serve up lunch, aperitivo, or an early dinner. However, you can also buy Sardinian products to recreate a meal at home.
The enoteca is small and welcoming – and just steps from the Pantheon. Our summer weather has been plagued with rain so far, but Pigna Enoteca di Sardegna is the perfect place to order a glass of wine and nibble specialty foods on a warm evening.
Pigna Enoteca di Sardegna
Via della Pigna, 3/3a
00186 Rome (Centro Storico)
+39 06 67 89 374
Open: 10 am to 8 pm. Closed Sundays.