If you would like to eat what is known as the Threads of God then you will need to first embark and complete a 20-mile pilgrimage. Twice a year, pilgrims come to Sardinia to feast on the world’s rarest pasta. Trekking from the city of Nuoro to the village of Lula, all through the night they walk.
Sometimes they come in the hundreds and sometimes even in the thousands, a walk of solidarity without sleep or shelter – they all walk towards that lovely pasta. And 20-miles later at the opening of Santuario di San Francesco, they can find their destination.
And we know what you are thinking, surely they do not walk across such a long route for pasta? Well they do, this is not a pilgrimage for god or religion: this is to eat the rarest pasta in the world. Known as Su filindeu which does translate into Threads of God and they are apparently heavenly. The recipe is only known by three women on Earth and it is only made for the biannual Feast of San Francesco, which has happened for the last 200 years.
All the ingredients are simple: semolina wheat, water, and salt. And the preparation with the serving sauce is also not very complicated: mutton broth with some pecorino cheese. Yet actually making the pasta is near impossible. Engineers have tried to create a machine to do it, but that proved impossible. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver traveled to Sardinia to try to master the process, but after a couple of hours he just gave up. It seems that this little noodle is just too difficult to master.
Paola Abraini one of the masters of the noodle has said that it takes years of practice to understand and master the dough. Everything she does, she simply feels with her hands and knows when to add a little moisture of salt water or unsalted water. A skill that seems one can only pass down through the family.