10 Things to eat in Alghero and where

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Alghero, a Sardinian town, is a famous seaside resort known above all for its beaches. For this reason, the cuisine can only be characterized by the flavors of the sea even if, in the typical recipes, we find a strong influence of the Catalan tradition. In the taverns, however, you cannot miss a taste of the famous Sardinian cheeses and dishes that contain the products of the hinterland.
Here are the 10 dishes to eat absolutely in Alghero.


  1. Algherese Paella
  2. Potato culurgiones
  3. Copatza de peix
  4. sea ​​urchins
  5. Mullet bottarga
  6. Catalan lobster
  7. Agliata
  8. seadas
  9. Catalan cream
  10. Myrtle
  11. Where to eat in Alghero: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Algherese Paella

It is the dish that best represents the link between the city of Alghero and Catalonia: algherese paella is based on fregola, that is small balls of durum wheat and water, first hand-worked and then toasted in the oven, which make up the typical pasta of Sardinia. The main seasoning is lamb, together with the Ittiri artichoke, monkfish, mussels and red prawns.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: fregola, lamb, artichokes, monkfish, mussels, prawns

2 - Potato culurgiones

They are also known as culurgiones dell'Ogliastra, they are a dish of stuffed pasta typical of the Alghero area. For the shape, they are reminiscent of ravioli but a spike closure.
They are made with durum wheat semolina, water and lard. This recipe in particular involves a stuffed with potatoes, garlic, mint and fresh pecorino, while the sauce is based on fresh tomato sauce and aged pecorino.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, garlic, mint, pecorino cheese, tomato

3 - Copatza de peix

Also known as Cassola de peix, it is none other than a fish soup which, as often happens, characterizes the menus offered by the seaside resorts. In Alghero, the soup is prepared with different varieties of fish, almost never defined, since the fish must be strictly fresh and, therefore, variable according to the course of the day and the fishing. What characterizes this soup is the addition of the inevitable red pepper from Sardinia.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: fish, red pepper

4 - Sea urchins

They are the absolute protagonists of the cuisine of Alghero and, in the city, are known by the name of bogamarì. In typical restaurants, sea urchin-based recipes abound, especially in the months from autumn to spring, when their fishing is officially authorized.
Usually, the hedgehog festival is also held in March.
The best way to enjoy curls is to eat them fresh, using a knife and a spoon; but quite frequently they are also offered with spaghetti.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: sea urchins

5 - Mullet bottarga

It is produced in the Oristano area, which is richer in lagoons fed by sea water, which represent the ideal habitat for mullets.
Bottarga is also called the Gold of Sardinia and is the precious product derived from fish eggs, salted and left to mature. Characterized by an amber color, it is usually eaten in slices, with a drizzle of oil and accompanied by croutons.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: mullet bottarga

6 - Catalan lobster

Also in this typical dish we can see the influence that the region of Catalonia has had on the area of ​​Alghero, so much so as to give it the name of Barceloneta, precisely because of the Catalan history and traditions. In particular, the Alghero-style lobster alla Catalana, which can be tasted especially in the summer months, comes served on a bed of tomatoes and onions and emulsified with a sauce of oil, vinegar, lemon and black pepper.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 60,00
  • Main ingredients: lobster

7 - Agliata

This recipe recalls the ancient flavors of the city, as it was a poor dish traditionally served on the tables of fishermen from Alghero. In fact, it represents a seafood dish and, mainly, it consists of chopped garlic, dried tomatoes, and chilli. After frying these ingredients in abundant extra virgin olive oil, add the peeled tomatoes, salt, vinegar and add the fish that has been previously fried or boiled.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: garlic, dried tomatoes, fish

8 - Seadas

This dessert is typical of the whole Sardinian island and it is a fried semolina muffin filled with soft sheep's cheese stringy and covered with sugar and honey.
Sometimes, in restaurants it is also served with a light molasses of figs and prickly pears.
Precisely in Alghero, this typical sweet of fine pasta, is also proposed as a street food, thanks to the idea of ​​serving it in a cardboard with a shape designed precisely to enjoy it while walking, without getting dirty or burned.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: cheese, honey

9 - Catalan cream

Even in the desserts it is not difficult to find the influence of the Catalans, who established their first colony on the Sardinian island in Alghero. Surely, therefore, the Catalan cream derives from their import but, over time, the city of Alghero has become so specialized that it can be a source of pride, almost defining it "Sardinian Catalan cream". The dessert is made from milk and eggs, cooked over low heat and strictly served in earthenware pans.

  • Recommended to: snack, dessert after a meal
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: milk, eggs

10 - Myrtle

It is a typical liqueur and represents one of the oldest recipes of the Sardinian gastronomic tradition, so much so that the Ministry of Agricultural Policies has included it in the list of PAT (traditional agri-food product). It is produced from the berries, and sometimes even the leaves, of the myrtle plant and, due to its digestive properties, it is usually served at the end of a meal; however, very often it is also used for the preparation of some desserts, such as gueffus.

  • Recommended to: digestive after a meal
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: myrtle berries

Where to eat in Alghero: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The city of Alghero is strongly characterized by the influence of the Catalans and this is also found in the culinary traditions: the city, in fact, boasts several fish-based dishes, although Sardinian gastronomy is dominated by inland products. The Catalan lobster, the agagliata or the fish soup are, in fact, practical examples.
The nicest restaurants are located on the streets of the historic center while, on the walls, there are mostly tourist restaurants, which offer a wonderful view. In the immediate vicinity of the center, then, it is possible to find small farmhouses offering typical Sardinian cuisine.
Here are the best places to eat in Alghero:

1 - Santa Marì

  • Description: restaurant in the historic center of Alghero offering typical cuisine, with a slight influence of Mexican flavors
  • specialty: fish fry
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Ospedale, 1/3, tel: 079 492 0639 - Get directions

2 - Coffee break

  • Description: informal restaurant, ideal for a meeting with friends, offers both meat and fish dishes
  • specialty: buffalo burger
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via Sassari, 111, tel: 392 315 7235 - Get directions

3 - Kings Restaurant

  • Description: located on the ramparts of Alghero, this restaurant offers a magnificent terrace with panoramic views. The cuisine is mainly based on fish
  • specialty: tuna fillet
  • Average price: from € 40,00 per person
  • Address: via Cavour, 123, tel: 079 979650 - Get directions

4 - Aquatica Restaurant

  • Description: restaurant with a refined atmosphere, located in the port of Alghero. Specialized in fish cuisine
  • specialty: raw fish
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: Banchina Sanità, tel: 391 491 7113 - Get directions

5 - Demodè Bistrot

  • Description: very spacious place, far from the confusion, it offers both traditional cuisine and pizzas, even gluten-free
  • specialty: demodé pizza, with gorgonzola, sausage, peppers and olives
  • Average price: from € 23,00 per person
  • Address: via Vittorio Veneto, 2, tel: 079 203 1800 - Get directions

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