The Lobster Spaghetti in Castelsardo

The Lobster Spaghetti in Castelsardo

[ May 2018 ] The weather did not improve on the next day of our short holiday in Sardinia in Italy.

We asked the receptionist in our hotel for some ideas of things to do in Alghero and she suggested Castelsardo.

It was quite far, but we decided to go there.

We asked the taxi driver, whom we had already contacted, and he said that it would cost €200 for a return journey.

I thought it was too expensive, but we did not have any other ideas, so we accepted it.

When we contacted him the first time, we thought he was a bright man, but in fact he was a quiet young man and he just drove straight to the destination.

We tried to get some local information and asked him a few questions, but he was the type of person who could not join in with lively conversation, which was really disappointing.

We arrived at Castelsardo in about one hour.

Here, there is a ruin of a castle on the steep hill and many colourful houses on the inland side.

It looked similar in some ways to Bosa, where we went the day before, but the differences are that Castelsardo is on the sea and the it is smaller in size.

According to our guidebook, when ruling powers of Genoa had power over this area in the 12th century, they built a fortress.

This was the beginning of the town and was called Castel Genovese.

In the early 14th century, when the Spanish ruled here, they changed the name to Castel Aragonese after their kingdom.

Then, in the 18th century, after it became under the rule of the House of Savoy of Piedmont, the name changed to Castelsardo (the castle of Sardinia).

We got of the taxi at the square, where there was a lovely statue of a couple who had just caught the crescent moon.

From there, we headed for the old town, which was on the slope of the hill, so the streets were all slopes and staircases.

Our destination was the restaurant called Trattoria L’imperfetto, which we found on the internet.

We found it easily.

The appearance of the restaurant was rather simple, but the food was elaborate.

For the starter, we had the assorted seafood, which was made up of eight different foods.

Both the fish and the sauces were unusual.

In Sardinia, the bread (like a very thin cracker), called Carasau, is famous and this restaurant served smoked black Carasau, which I had never seen before.

It was used in the food, too.

For the main, we both had the lobster spaghetti.

The pasta was too thick for my taste, but the sauce was absolutely delicious and I was very happy about that.

I had a very creamy lemon sorbet for the dessert while my husband had a glass of white Mirto (Sardinian liqueur) for the first time.

The white Mirto is apparently sweeter than the black one.

The bill was about €95, including a bottle of wine.