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“Oh wonderful Orosei, with your almonds and your reedy river, throbbing throbbing with light and the sea’s nearness, and all so lost, in a world gone by, lingering as legends linger on. It is hard to believe it is real.”
- D. H. Lawrence, The Sea and Sardinia (1921)

Orosei - A Beautiful Ancient City

Orosei is the hometown of Efisio Farris, the owner of Gourmet Sardinia and author of “Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey”. It is a small coastal town on the eastern coast of Sardinia, framed by meadows, rolling hills, and mountains. The nearby beaches are breathtakingly beautiful vistas of white sand and clear blue water, dotted with magnificent rocky areas. The beaches in this region are perfect for hunting for shellfish, snorkeling, and surfing. The oldest part of the town center, dating back to medieval times, has fascinating basalt and stone homes that date back to the fifteenth century.

A Book filled with the Heritage of Orosei

In his book, “Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey”, Efisio offers a glimpse into life in Orosei. His family has lived in this region for centuries, and the book is filled with stories of his friends and relatives. There are snippets of regional history and descriptions of traditional festivals in every chapter. The beautiful photographs highlight the gorgeous Sardinian landscape, delicious traditional food, and the friendly Sardinian people. Of course, this book is also filled with recipes from the region, many of which are from Efisio’s own family.

We hope that you will share recipes from this website, and from “Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey” , with your family and friends. Perhaps some of this delicious Sardinian fare will become a tradition in your family, too.

Cooking the Sardinian Way

It's important to us that people enjoy food, family, and long healthy lives.  The ingredients found on this site are expertly crafted from the finest that Sardinia, Italy has to offer.  Everything here is selected by Efisio Farris for it's color, flavor, texture, and a wide variety of other qualities including health benefits.  Our ingredients don't include junk fillers that degrade the ability of the food to contribute to your health.  


We hope that as you browse the site and read through the cookbook that you'll learn a new way of cooking delightful meals for your guests and family, and that you'll be inspired by Efisio's stories and the history presented here.

Experience Sardinian Cooking from the Masters

If you're looking to experience Sardinian cuisine from the master himself, Arcodoro in Houston, Texas is the place to go.  Treat yourself, treat your family, treat your friends or treat your colleagues.  Arcodoro offers an exclusive menu of great food that's reasonably priced.  Our Wine menu contains a wide variety of wines, including many that have emerged from Sardinia's rich traditions.  Visit today to make your reservation.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Gourmet Sardinia and our line of fine Italian ingredients.  Our staff are available to assist you at any time in order to help you decide what to buy and how to use these fine products.  We can also help you with wholesale and large market orders.

You can write to us at :
4408 W 12th Street

Houston, TX 77055



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