Posted by: Debra Kolkka | April 29, 2012

Have you tried culurgiones?

My good friend and travel adviser, Maria, suggested we try culurgiones while in Sardinia. We had no idea what it was, but we did track it down.


It is a delicious pasta filled with potatoes and sage, or other herb, and covered in a heavenly tomato sauce.


Jennifer from La Mia Vita Sarda found a recipe for me. The pasta is made from flour, semolina, water and oil and the filling is potatoes, fresh and aged pecorino, garlic, and herbs. Her husband spoke lovingly of culurgiones, the best food in the world, he said. He could be correct. I will try the recipe and report my results.

We found culurgiones at a restaurant suggested by a lovely blog commenter….
La Vecchia Costa near Porto Cervo. Here is the rest of our delicious meal.





And here is our handsome waiter, Rafaele, with our friend Di.


If you go to La Vecchia Costa ask for the culurgiones, you will love it.


  1. Yes, I tried Culurgiones and found it delicious. Enjoy your stay in Sardinia.

    • Sardinia was gorgeous. I already want to go back.

  2. I’m jealous!! yum! yum! looks amazing!

    • It was a very delicious lunch.

  3. Yum. Looks like you are having a great time. Say Hi to Di from me too.

    • Di is home now, not doubt having a little rest.

  4. Gosh, the food looks wonderful, Deb. Hope you’ve had a lovely Sunday.

    • It is always fun to try something new.

  5. That looks delicious, especially the pasta. I have to consult my Jamie’s Italian and see if I can find something look-alike for a beginner.

    • I think they might be a bit fiddly for a beginner.

  6. Your beautiful pictures of food left me salivating! I could ‘eat’ each morsel and ‘squeeze’ the lemon over the seafood. I like learning new ideas about Italian food – those culurgiones look delectable in the tomato sauce! One thing I love about Italian tomato sauces is that these are mainly home-made and have a ritual attached to them. I had the privilege of learning tomato-sauce making with Italian friends years ago. Whole families are involved. One fascinating ritual is that mensurating women are not allowed to make the sauce.

    • Thankfully, some old fashioned ideas have gone now.

  7. Great work Debra, and well worth tracking down by the look. What an incredible meal….!

    • It was an excellent choice for our last meal in Sardinia

  8. Yumm! Love Di with the handsome man! Have fun you 2!

  9. Yum! You had a perfectly traditional Sardinian lunch! Oh, I’m hungry now … 🙂

    • Weren’t we lucky to find such a lovely place??

      • I almost bought some today, but then decided I will try to make them! I said try … haha!

      • I found them at the supermarket…you will see the results soon.

  10. I await the results of your recipe experimentation with bated breath! They sound delicious 🙂

    • The dish was certainly delicious. I hope I do it justice.

  11. The food looks yummy. I had never heard of culorgonies; it is always nice to learn about new dishes.

    • We were pleased to have found the dish on our last day in Sardinia.

  12. My goodness Debra, it looks like you had quite the feast! Those culurgiones seem like the ultimate comfort food. I’m also intrigued by the second dish – the one with the aubergine and roasted onion. Those are my two favourite vegetables (if they even count) so I would love to know what else there is on that plate!

    • The second plate was a collection from the antipasti table. There were stuffed mushrooms, soft cheese, salami and stuffed tomatoes.

  13. Wow, they look yummy!!Made me think of a gnocchi variation. Maybe you’ve mentioned it in other posts (that I’ve not yet had time to salivate over) from your Sardanian travels but could you mention something about the language. I was there for a wknd. a long time ago; I believe what they speak is Sardo; nothing like Italian, as we know it, at all. Any comments on this?? Overall it’s quite a different ‘image’ of Italy; unique in it’s own way. I remember it’s ruggedness and huge mountains of drying salt. Cheers!

    • There is a Sardinian language which is spoken in the smaller towns and villages. We heard mostly Italian being spoken and had no trouble making ourselves understood in our beginners’ Italian. I have more posts to come on Sardinia, so I will talk about the language where I can.

      • Thanks, I’ll look forward. I realize now, with the passing of time, that a place like Sardinia is not so remote and being ‘discovered’ would have ‘morphed’ into use a more generic tongue. Kinda sad in a way; one doesn’t like to see those ‘unique’ characteristics fade away. What I remember is it sounded ‘rugged’; much like the landscape.

      • The landscape is, of course, still rugged, but there are lots of new developments on Sardinia.

  14. OK. May be next year in Italy we’ll try it 🙂

  15. Wow, the food looks absolutely mouth-watering! Wish I could eat some now!!!!

    • It was a delicious meal.

  16. Pasta filled with potatoes? Carbohydrate heaven!! 🙂

    • What more could you want?

  17. We would like those very much in this house! I was just reading a recipe for gnudi having sampled their delights at our local Italian restaurant recently. I have been loving all the Sardinian posts ! xx Jo

    • Sardinia is beautiful. It is quite easy to get to from here, so we will be back.

  18. Just contemplating dinner and now nothing can compare to that gorgeous banquet! Yummo!

    • It was very good, I would like some more now.

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