MUSIC FOR YOUR PALATE:
Considered one of the most ancient breads in the world, pane carasau is a traditional Sardinian flatbread that was first produced in the Barbagia region. In Italian, it is also known as carta da musica, which means “sheet music” – it was given this alternative name due to the sound it makes when it is broken and chewed.
Pane carasau embodies the true essence of the Italian island of Sardinia. It expresses the character of an austere but hospitable people, who remain dignified even during tough times. The origins of pane carasau have been lost in the mists of time – just like those of the nuraghi [the island’s ancient stone towers] – though some people claim that it emerged out of the culture of North Africa.
It is certain that Sardinia’s shepherds, during the long periods they would spend far from home, knew they could count on practically unlimited stocks of this light, nutritious and easy-to-store foodstuff, which would not go off any time soon. They affectionately referred to it as the “prince of foods”.
It is a flatbread that all of the local families prepared in large quantities, at regular intervals, and would store in beautiful chests, even for long periods, as a priceless treasure – one that, today, thanks to Sunalle, is in everyone’s reach, its traditional goodness intact.