Among the masts and masses found in harborside Porto Cervo come August, a smarter few opt for a selection to restaurants where locals still visit and paparazzi are a world away. La Mola is one such find, situated 10-minutes drive inland where a charming farmhouse compound shows off views of Costa Smeralda from a series of terracotta tile-topped villas and flagstone terraces. Inside the main dining room, an open-plan room sits under lofty ceiling with crimson walls and wide expanses of glass. Renovated in 2014, the décor is far more modern than before with white-clothed tables, upholstered chairs and cheery service often from the family themselves.
An informal dining experience begins with selection of homemade breads delivered with Sardinian oils and accompanying appetizer selection from the kitchen. Sometimes appetizers arrive simply unannounced with savory carpaccios, fresh tartares and skewered seafood selections that lack the pretense of most Port Cervoo eateries. Pasta is all-handmade with a variety of regional Italian preparations followed by main courses of slow-cooked meats, grilled seafood and occasional vegetarian selection.
Family-owned dining room offers culinary retreat that’s 10-minutes from Porto Cervo.