Last week we got back from an amazing little trip to Sardinia, (yoga retreat/bike riding) we stayed in the sleepiest town I have ever visited but guess what!? Still had a patisserie right on the doorstep.
Owned by one of the friendliest ladies I have ever met, she was kind enough to let us know a bit about everything she was baking, (translation was provided by my unwilling cousin, without him a hand waving, rude pointing and altogether ridiculous looking conversion may have taken place).
Pasticceria Garua opened its door 45 years ago! The recipes have been passed down to Sofia who now runs the patisserie by her mother and in return Sofia dedicated the name of the patisserie to her.
Almost everything baked here contains Sardinian grown almonds that are ground by hand and add a delicious, distinctive flavour to the pastries, of which we tried all of them..infact we were offered so many free samples that I was getting worried that I would have to refuse some (now that takes a lot of free samples), we triumphed on though and discovered some firm favourites including a raw cocoa rum truffle and a banana shaped suet pastry with a mince pie esque filling (christmas food in Summer my favourite!).
We were lucky enough to be led to a little kitchen view garden which was basically taken over by a beautiful old lemon tree, with the offerings of course being used in the fresh pastries (we got free samples), I would really like a lemon tree to help me make some delicious citrusy goodness but unfortunately English weather would not allow it.
So, if you're ever in Tresnuraghes, Sardinia, feeling like some sugar, please visit the Pasticceria Garau, I guarantee you won't leave with a sour face....ooer! G