I went to Sardinia with my son about six years ago at the tail end of the season, when the Italian tourists were baked to a leathery mahogany. We’d booked a small self-catering apartment in the old part of town to save money. The first night, I got up to get a glass of water to find five or six gigantic cockroaches scuttling around in the kitchen, so self-catering was out and we ate every meal in a restaurant. The silver lining was discovering that Sardinian food is unique and delicious!
So I was thrilled to discover Aió when I came home to Madrid — authentic Sarda food with a menu del día (fixed price lunch menu) for just 9.50 euros. There is always a pasta option, and they are very generous with the parmesan! Apart from the menu, their speciality is the pizzetta – small folded pizzas, with various filling, it’s the perfect snack. The homemade desserts are really good too.
I also love the drinks menu, which has a well-priced wine list featuring Italian wines, with quite a few from Sardinia, as well as aperitifs such as Aperol spritz.
This restaurant is one of the first to have the now ubiquitous recycled and upcycled decor, and after the 6 or 7 years it’s been open, it’s still looking good. I especially love the artwork in the front part of the restaurant.
I’ve taken many people here over the years; try it and see if you like it as much as we do!