In short: anywhere. You can’t go wrong. In this post we will show you why Alghero is a good choice if you want to pamper your stomach 🙂
Alghero is located on the northwest part of Sardinia, Italy. Part of its population descends from Catalan conquerors from the end of the Middle Ages. Hence, the Catalan language is co-official here. Their cuisine is a mixture of Catalan cuisine and Sardinian cuisine. So exciting!
Of course, you can find here the typical Italian gastronomy as well. Pizza, pasta, seafood, gelato, everything that you need for a tasty meal.
First of all: the breakfast
Usually we make breakfast for our own. But now it was our anniversary trip so we booked a room in Hotel Riviera. And how it comes to food? I’ll show you the breakfast we got at the mornings 🙂
We got everything what we asked for. Various kind of egg dishes, freshly baked cute little breads, cheeses, cakes… Everything you may need to start the day. When I finish my other post about Alghero you will get more information about the accommodation. Now it’s all about food 🙂
Let us show you all the scrumptious restaurants what we tried during our last few-days trip. Bonus: exact costs indicated!
Hopera is located in the heart of the old town in Alghero. For some reason this place did not get a good rating for example in Tripadvisor. To be honest, we don’t know why.
We ate here two times, tried four kind of pizzas and two kind of cocktails. The service was fast both times and all the pizzas were incredible tasty. Delicious cheeses, fresh vegetables, juicy hams, all that you need. They have a huge outdoor area so you can admire a small piece of the old town while eating. Let the pictures speak for me!
The average pizza price here is 9 Euros, the cocktails are 6 Euros each. With 4 euros cover charge (italian: coperto) and a small amount of tip we spent 20 Euros per person for lunch. It’s definitely not bad in the middle of the old town!
You can check their website here. It’s very simple but you can check the menu on the site and you can find a phone number and e-mail address if you want to make a reservation.
Ramblas is a very nice restaurant a little north from the old town, near to the Lido beach. It has really cool sea view from the terrace! We’ve met a very adorable Hungarian waitress here 🙂 The staff was very welcoming and we got everything very fast.
We ate here two times, tried four different kind of pizzas (yes, pizzas again, sorry for that!). They have various kinds of Italian hams and seafood and they put a gorgeous amount of these onto the pizzas. Amazing. Everything is fresh and delicious and… Perfect. Look at these pictures!
A few words about the prices in Ramblas. We had a few types of cocktails here for 5 Euros each. The pizza is usually 8-9 Euros. The cover charge was 4 Euros, so one night we spent 16 Euros for one person without tip. You must try this place if you get to Alghero, because they really know what to do in the kitchen!
I haven’t found their website but you can reach them on Facebook, just click here.
Ristorante Pizzeria San Giovanni
Ristorante Pizzeria San Giovanni is located near to Lido beach on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. You can enjoy the sea view from here 🙂
It was a sudden idea to have lunch here but we did not regret it at all! We tried some special local foods and the local beer, Ichnusa. This is a popular Sardinian-made lager beer. Very tasty and look how beautiful it is!
Gnocchetti or Sardinian gnocchi is a typical pasta of Sardinia. Usually served with various tomato sauces or seafood but there are many varieties. Now István tried gnocchetti alla Sarda. In this version, they use Italian sausage, garlic and heavenly tomato sauce. At the end it is sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Brilliant.
István doesn’t really like seafood so it’s always up to me to try them. I am a big fan of it so it’s not a problem for me 🙂 The name of the dish I ordered is Spaghetti Vongole. This is a very simple but amazing pasta with clams and garlic. It all depends on whether the clams are fresh. Look at these cute little clams on the plate.
And here comes the budget. The Ichnusa beer was 5 Euros per glass. The gnocchetti 12 Euros, my spaghetti is 14 Euros. With the usual cover charge of 2 Euros per person, our spending was 19 and 21 Euros. Definitely worth it!
You can find their website if you click here. You won’t find the menu but you can see photos about the amazing seafood dishes they make. Don’t miss this place!
Another restaurant we tried in Alghero which has not so good rating on Tripadvisor. But it’s not a bad place to eat! Regina Margherita is located in the old town of Alghero in a very cozy environment.
On that day we wanted a simple lunch, so we ordered two Butcher plates. It contains salad, fries, pork, chicken and Italian sausage. All the meat was well fried, the salad was fresh, and the sausage was divine! Although we would have been happy with a slightly larger piece of sausage.
We paid 10 Euros for the two cocktails which is an absolutely correct price. The Butcher plate costs 13 Euros each, so with the 2 Euros cover charge per person we paid 20 Euros for a lunch for one person. This is such an average price.
They don’t have an official website but here is their Facebook site where you can find where are they exactly.
One night we wanted to have dinner by the sea. We did some research and finally decided to go to Mirador. We did very well! The restaurant is in the old town, exactly by the sea, has a very nice outdoor area to have a meal here.
István tried the Riccioli tartufo which is a pasta meal with pork, truffles and ricotta cheese. Gorgeous. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo about this because we were there late at night and half of my photos don’t have really good quality. Sorry for that 🙂
But I took a photo of my choice which was Campanelle alla fantasia di mare. Guys… You must try this! A nice amount of pasta with crustacean sauce and a lot of seafood. Clam, mussel, shrimp, squid, baby octopus, prawn and that longish clam that you can see on the photo (if you know its name please let me know!). I have never tried any kind of crustacean sauce before but I immediately fell in love with it.
They have a few kind of desserts, try the Crema Catalana here with a huge amount of crunchy caramel on the top. I ordered for a tiramisu and I got a beauty with biscuit crumbs and fruit sauce. Have you ever tried tiramisu with fruits? Go for it!
Our spending was 25 and 22 Euros. The two dishes were 14 and 16 Euros, the desserts were 5 and 6 Euros. And we had two Ichnusa beers for 3 Euros each. They don’t have cover charge but there’s service fee which was 4.5 Euros. This is a completely cheap place. In the old town, by the sea, we had beer, dinner and dessert under 30 Euros per person. Great!
Here is their website with all the information you may need.
Bonus: gelato time in Alghero
What is gelato? This is the response of the Italians to ice cream. Gelato typically contains lower fat and less air than common ice cream. And the result: more creamy and much richer frozen dessert with fruits and seeds. This is a must when you come to Italy!
We tried only one gelateria in Alghero. Twice. Unfortunately we couldn’t find out what is the name of it because we couldn’t find it on Google Maps. It might be quite a new gelateria. This place is next to Torre di San Giovanni in the old town, look for this:
If you come here you can try the large cup which contains 4 kinds of gelato of your choice. The cup costs only 4.5 Euros! And it’s really amazing.
My favourite was mascarpone with pistachio with a lot of crunchy pistachios. We tried cheesecake (with real strawberries), amarena (cherry), pine nuts, nocciola (nuts), and a lot more flavors that I don’t remember the name of. Whichever one you choose you can’t go wrong! The large cup is like this:
What I really love in traveling is that I can taste the countries. I know that eating out in restaurants won’t let us know everything about the local cuisine but gives us ideas. Ideas that will make us go back later.
Alghero definitely gave us a lot (and a few plus kilograms, hah). We were only there for a few days so we got that much but we will definitely go back. And we try not to forget about the siesta 🙂