Istria cuisine - Istrian dishes

Istrian Delicacies

Istrian cuisine is known for its diversity. In the spring, our chefs will surprise you with wild asparagus, the summer is all about fish and shellfish, and in the autumn, you can always count on truffles. In the winter, minestrone, cabbage and roasted sausages are prepared in warm, lively taverns. A wide range of traditional dishes is here to choose from. And don’t forget about the old traditional Istrian recipes: homemade bread and soup are all a part of the Istrian life of old times. Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and every part of the country has its own culinary tradition. Istrian cuisine has found a special place among these different traditions with plenty of recognizable delicacies.


Boskarin - true delicacy from Istrian traditional cattle

Boskarin - Traditional Istrian cattle
Boskarin is the white grey long horned cattle in Istria, a symbol the region. It was used in agriculture, to plow the fields, for towing the stones for building the houses while its meat and milk were used by farmers as food. But when modernization took pace, the first tractors that were introduced to speed up the work on the land, the number of boskarin started to decline rapidly and were left at only 100 livestock in the 1990s. It took some 20 years to revive the traditional Istrian cattle that are today farmed for the gourmet purposes ...

Kapešante of Novigrad

Kapešante of Novigrad
True gourmets consider the pilgrim scallop of Novigrad, or kapešante as it is called locally, to be one of the tastiest shellfish in the world, because it grows in the Novigrad marine area where salty seawater mixes with fresh river water. A gourmet festival entitled “Kapešante of Novigrad” is held each year in honour of this unique shellfish as part of GnamGnam Fest Novigrad-Cittanova, a series of gastronomic events held in Novigrad throughout the summer months. A table, several metres long and set at Mandrač, the town’s small port, is ...

Wild asparagus - A spring delicacy combined with outdoor recreation

The wild asparagus is so deeply embedded in the habits of Istria’s people that many take it for granted, when, in fact, it is an exceptional culinary delicacy. In Istria, both the young and the old know all there is to know about the asparagus, and you will be hard put to find a family that does not hurry to the ...
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Istrian restaurants in the celebrated guide I Ristoranti d'Italia

Some dozen Istrian restaurants have been included in the celebrated gourmet guide “Le guide de l’Espresso – I Ristoranti d’Italia”. The guide is just one of the publications published under the l’Espresso name by the international publishing house RCS Media Group. One of the largest publishing houses in Italy, RCS ...
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Istrian pršut

The production of Istrian pršut (dried ham), a traditional specialty, is based on authenticity and on customs passed on from one generation to the next. Great care is given to pig rearing, and to the way pigs’ legs are cut, salted, peppered and dried. Istrian pršut is an indigenous product as only in Istria is the ...
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