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.


Three Istrian-style shellfish dishes

Adriatic shellfish are among the cleanest in the world, which of course affects their flavour as well. And we think you'll agree that flavour is a priority for all gourmets. You can eat some of these shellfish raw, while others come to their fullest flavour in buzara or grilled, in pastas or risottos, with vegetables or boiled with garlic and parsley in the delicious wines of northwestern Istria. You'll be in good hands here in northwestern Istria, because our freshly-caught shellfish is a first-class seafood delicacy.

Treat yourself to health from Istria's table

Fish is our oldest food, the source of everything body and soul needs. Fish provides all the unsaturated fats, vitamins and proteins you need. This is why small Adriatic fish in particular is called a superfood.

Honey from northwestern Istria

Honey is often called nature’s gold and history’s forgotten treasure, and it has been an essential part of every home pharmacy since ancient times. As the perfect, natural creation of hardworking honey bees (Apis mellifera), it has everything the human body needs – fructose, glucose, sucrose, minerals, proteins, amino ...
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OPG Radosevic - Master Cheese Maker

The history of Istrian cheese making began twenty years ago, when Branko Radosevic registered the first cheese plant on the Istrian peninsula, OPG Radosevic. After renovating a small hilltop home surrounded by lush green pastures in the village of Grobice near Brtonigla, Branko, with the help of his wife Kristina, ...
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A destination for seafood enthusiast

Healthy and nutritious, fish is a world-class food that you will regularly find on the plate of every true gourmet and all those who watch their diet. Fish is always a great choice, whether grilled or boiled, in a delicious stews or canapés, and you can – of course – enjoy it in the restaurants, taverns and ...
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Pljukanci are a traditional Istrian type of pasta that is quick and easy to make. Make a dough with 400g all-purpose flour, 1 egg, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, a splash of water, and 10g of salt. Roll the dough between your palms to make spindle-shaped noodles and toss them into boiling water to cook. As plain as pljukanci!
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The delicious shellfish of northwestern Istria

Whether farmed or wild, shellfish from northwestern Istria are exceptionally flavourful thanks to the clean sea environment. They are popular year-round, but their meat is particularly delicious in February and March, when you can taste them in numerous wonderful creations by local restaurants and konobas at the ...
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Queen scallops

The queen scallop (Lat. Aequipecten opercularis), a shellfish that is easiest to imagine as the little sister of the far better-known Mediterranean scallop, is very popular on Istria's western coast. They grow up to 10cm, and are most often caught with nets. Skilled chefs claim queen scallops should be prepared as ...
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Shellfish, Buzara-Style

Off the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, near the estuary of the freshwater Mirna River, the region’s most delicious shellfish are harvested. This shellfish tradition has been traced back to antiquity, with scallops being the most frequently gathered. While shellfish are a seasonal delicacy, typically enjoyed ...
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Sole Fish – Cook to Impress the Crowd

Do you want to wow your loved ones and friends with a delicious fish dinner? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as famous Northwestern Istrian švoje will do the trick! You may know this delicate, yet flavorful seawater delicacy, as sole fish, endowed as one of the finest fruits of the Istrian water world. It is ...
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Warm Up Your Winter With Švoj

In the sandy, muddy seabeds of the Mediterranean Sea, a flatfish by the name of Dover sole, or better known as “švoj” in Istria, can be found. It is typically caught in late fall and is reserved for chilly winter days. Serving as an Istrian comfort food, the švoj has become a symbol of the region and has inspired ...
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3 recipes with asparagus you won't be able to resist

Wild asparagus is rightly known as the queen of Istria's wild-growing ingredients. It protects our health with a wealth of vitamins, minerals and digestible fibres, and it has always been considered an aphrodisiac. Going off to pick wild asparagus is like hunting for hidden treasure, even more so because, at the end ...
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Green Istrian Superfood

A delicacy of the vegetable world, asparagus is an exceptional ingredient, jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, that can be found in many parts of Istria. The very healthy lifestyle that asparagus promotes begins from the root, right at the harvesting point of wild asparagus. The secret to finding these tasty plants ...
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Boskarin - true delicacy from Istrian traditional 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 was used by farmers as food. But when modernization took pace, the first tractors that were introduced to speed up the work on the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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