Saturday 9 August 2008

Aragona, Via Manganella, Castelsardo, Sardinia

Boasting an enviable position on the edge of Castelsardo's historic heart, Aragona's outside terrace, surrounded by a solid stone wall and protected by a large sun shade, has a spectacular view of the Mediterranean and the green hills lining this section of the coast. The low cover charge of 1 euro a head and the price of the food belies the quality of the surroundings - the chairs are comfortable and the tables are covered with smart red cloths. The menu has a selection of large paninis (4 euros apiece) some with tantalising fillings, such as anchovies and dolcelatte cheese, plus pasta and sea food dishes (around 7 euros). The food is nothing special by Italian standards, but it is good value and tasty enough. For desert, there is some decent ice cream costing just 1 euro for a scoop in a cone. The service can be slow at peak times, giving you plenty of time to admire the view. 8/10