It seems like the more bizarre or hard-to-come-by food gets, the trendier it becomes. But that’s probably not the case with su filindeu – it’s the rarest pasta in the world and only three women can make it.
If you want to get a taste of su filindeu, which translates to “the threads of God,” you’ll have to book a ticket to the Italian island of Sardinia where it’s made by three, sweet ladies from a recipe that’s been passed down for about 300 years.
“I’ve been making pasta for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Jamie Oliver, British celebrity chef and restaurateur.
Many have attempted to make their own, including the Italian food company Barilla, but have fell unsuccessful. Interestingly, the recipe isn’t incredibly complicated.
The dough is made from just three ingredients – semolina flour, water, and salt. But the difficulty comes with stretching it out, as it must be pulled and folded eight times to create the very thin, hair-like strands of noodles. They’re then laid out over a circular surface in a criss-cross pattern and left to dry under the sun’s hot rays. Traditionally, the pasta is served with mutton broth and pecorino cheese.
“Many people say that I have a secret I don’t want to reveal,” said Abraini, one of the women behind the wizardry. “But the secret is right in front of you. It’s in my hands.”
Check it out in action!