Sassari is nestled in the Northwestern corner on the Italian island of Sardinia and is one of the island’s most ancient towns and second largest city. As is the case with the rest of Italy, Sassari has endured occupation by many races over the course of their history, all of which have influenced everything from the local architecture to gastronomy. Historical text states Sassari was most likely founded in the early Middle Ages by the inhabitants of the ancient Roman port of Turris Lybisonis, with the oldest mention of a village called Tathari appearing in an 1113 document in the archive of the Monastery of St. Peter.
Sassari’s cuisine is representative of both the cultures that have inhabited the area as well as the ingredients that have been available locally. Eating your way through Sassari will take you from the land to sea with plentiful meat dishes, a vast array of seafood and everything in the middle from pungent cheeses such as Pecorino Sardo DOP or Fiore Sardo DOP, fragrant olive oils, legumes, bottarga, artisan breads and confectionary. One thing is certain: the plentitude of diverse ingredients and their role in local cuisine will ensure a pleasurable and varied eating experience.
The Sassari Province can be divided in two: to the west, Nurra and Logudoro, rich in scenery and history and home to the new and lively Alghero DOC. The Alghero DOC finds itself among the great traditional productions of Malvasia di Bosa, Cannonau and Vermentino di Sardegna. To the east you have Gallura and Anglona where the Vermentino di Gallura DOC and DOCG is produced, an exceptional wine counterpart to the world-famous tourism paradise known as Costa Smeralda.
Events and Promotions
Discover Sassari’s Hidden Gems at these fine establishments. Sample a menu of specialties from November 19th – 23rd, 2008.