Back in 2009, an Italian family from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia landed in Bogota. With the vision of sharing the flavours and intimate gastronomic experiences from their homeland, they opened Nuraghe, a classic Italian Trattoria named after a form of architecture unique to Sardinia.
Walking in, you immediately see and feel the attention to detail the family has put in to maximise your dining experience. The walls are lined with various artifacts and decorations from Italy. If that’s not enough to get your rocks off, you only need to turn your head a few angles to see the large clump of wine (Only Italian of course). Boozy lunch any body?
Alright, let’s get down to business. Normally, I would shy away from restaurants with extensive menus since it’s been my experience that more items generally means lower quality but if I know anything about Italians I know that they do not mess around with their food. The menu from Nuraghe offers a full range of traditional Italian and Sardinian dishes each of which is guaranteed to entice your inner gluttony. I think the trick is to stop perusing once you’ve seen something that grabs your attention and just stick with your instinct otherwise, you may find yourself chasing the waiter down for a last minute order change as I nearly did.
The menu also doubles up as a dummy’s guide to Sardinian and Italian cuisine. There’s a rather humorous section at the back which dispels stereotypes of Italian cooking such as using cream in Carbonara sauce (Spoiler: no cream) and appropriate usage of olive oil.
My dining mate and I decided to start off light with a simple Caprese as well as roasted eggplant cooked with pomodoro sauce, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. Both were excellent.
For the mains, we went with a linguini tossed with green tomatoes, shimp and rugula in an anchovi paté and a grilled fillet topped with a gorgonzola sauce with bacon and a side of penne.
All this was washed down with a bottle of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Yeah, I was feeling pretty woozy (happy) afterwards.
It would’ve been very un-Italian/Sardinian of me to not order dessert so I went with their chocolate cake (confidently named “The perfect chocolate cake”). Moist, warm and rich it was indeed pretty friggin’ perfect (The death by chocolate at El Inglés Pub comes a very very close second).
Calle 12b # 6-58, Second Floor
Tel. 571 341 4457
Mon – Sun 12pm-4pm
Price range: $15,000-$35,000