Exploring Sardinia east coast

Sunday morning for Italy and Italians,
it’s time to catch-up for the weekly traditional and convivial family meeting, some go pray at the church and go buy some pastries, others play football, others are completing with the children the school homework.

we are waiting the clock to tick our time to the restaurant, today we will go for a traditional seafood lunch.
The long awaited “pasta coi Ricci” is on his way to delight our hungry-bellies.

In the meantime we walk our little bit of spare time towards the legendary streets of the historical site of Oristano, where we close our eyes and it seems to be surrounded by the sound of the horses running fast through the streets of the center, battling for the catch of the star “
The festive parade of “Sa Sartiglia”.
Its origins date back to the medieval Europe of crusades, which was the cradle of equestrian and military tournaments.

 

During the 15th and 16th centuries, such events flourished in the form of great shows offered to the population. As we know it nowadays, the Sartiglia may be considered as a public celebration organized with the aim to entertain and amuse its spectators on the festive time of the year, usually, on February or early march.

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We stop in piazza Eleonora d’Arborea, we see a beautiful, period building;
Eleanor of Arborea , in Sardinian: Elianora de Arbaree was the last and most powerful yet significant Sardinian judges, as well as the island’s most renowned heroineand.
And we get captured by this medieval building, that opens his gate towards an hidden back garden, with some details that give us the inspiration to hand out our cameras and point our flashes to some really cool bits of interest.

A non forgotten past, is still present here, at the “Librid” bar and restaurant
you can notice it by a mix of eras, and objects that tells a mix by past and present, such as old vintage bicycles, garden tools, vases and a decadent cabinet that lead us to the bar.

“Why this mix of bikes and books?” and Signor Corrado Casula answers that when he first came across the wall got that inspiration.
“I didn’t want to create a conventional floor where hovering perfectly, I didn’t want stainless steel or shiny crystals around here
I wanted our place to be like these walls: history, culture, stories….I wanted these floors and walls with all their authenticity.

“If you observe them you can see there are materials from Tharros.”
it was an ancient city on the west coast of Sardinia, Italy. It is currently an archaeological site near the village of Cabras, in the Province of Oristano. It is located on the southern shore of the Sinis Peninsula, the village seems to have been one of the most important places on the island.

 

We thought it was the moment of connection we were looking for. And than I got it! “librid” a mix of “Ibrido” and “libri” I mean: —Hybrid—and-Books—.
Books are allowed then, and people at any time too.
Our experience gets more and more interesting with each passing minutes, listening stories and thinking of these very old times, and you see that they are still remarkable in the memories of the locals, especially the gentleman that is clearly showing us his concept of hospitality.

He’s bringing back to life what centuries ago was the real life here in Sardinia, and he puts all together details like the bicycle or the menu designed on a material that mixes old fabric and paper, offering local and traditional food, paired with great handmade and super fresh sodas, with pomegranate, celery, carrots, and you eat everything you can ask to this beautiful, shiny, sea… fresh seafood, the famous “niedittas” mussels, the local brewed and famous Ichnusa beer, the cannonau red wine, both delicious and full of power, as the soul of Sardinian folks.
-Mesmerised by the story of this little hidden gem, and enchanted by the novel of “a themed” medieval bistrot, we have to pack our camera and laptop, to head down at the coast,

our family is waiting for us at the little family owned restaurant “Zia Pinuccia”
…they call it “agriturismo”, meaning that what they produce, you get… and you get it just at 1pm every day, if you’re late, you don’t eat! And that’s just because this is another family-ran place , where you stay as a guest, in their home, surrounded by home furnitures and amenities that have nothing to do with a starred restaurant, but it gives you the true sense of hospitality that you only breathe This side of the mediterranean sea.

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Domenico e Marcella

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