Gastronomic treasure at the table

Istria is the ideal resort for fans of tradition and quality gastronomic products. Discover the exquisite gastronomic offer by tasting top specialties in restaurants and authentic Istrian taverns as well as by tasting renowned wines. Try out the superb olive oil of the region which will enrich your taste of dishes.
We will introduce you to the other part of seasonal offer - a tiny part of traditional Istrian gastronomic heritage. The highlights of Istrian cuisine are: prosciutto gira-volta, radicchio primo-taio, mišanca, minestrone soup (maneštra), fennel and asparagus. One of the ways to prepare prosciutto is that the slices of new prosciutto are lightly fried in olive oil and prepared in a gira-volta way. At the very end, some white wine is added and left to simmer together.  And, if prosciutto prepared like this is accompanied by a bowl of new radicchio (primo-taio), then you have chosen a great meal.

Mišanca consist of some twenty or more types of plants that are picked in spring or early summer. At the beginning of the season, in early spring, mišanca can be eaten fresh, with olive oil and vinegar dressing. It's also delicious if salted anchovies, olives, caper or hard-boiled eggs are added. It is also tasty as a rich vegetable soup (mineštrina od verdure). Maneštra is a soup prepared with meat or vegetables and its specificity is that they are seasoned with pešt - chopped bacon, garlic and parsley. In istrian taverns there is a wide variety of Istrian soups: maneštra with young corn, maneštra with fennel, maneštra with chick-peas, meatless, white, young and other types of minestrone soup (maneštra).

In Istria scrambled eggs (fritaja) are usually "refined" by adding various tasty ingredients: from prosciutto, bacon, sausages to different mushrooms and truffles. The true Istrian brand is fritaja with asparagus. The tops of asparagus or black bryony (Tamus communis) are braised in olive oil until tender and then eggs, salt and pepper are added.

Visit Istria and discover the uniqueness of our cuisine which can be described as simply good and delicious! After having a good meal and drink, spend Your holiday in one of the hotels, apartment in a tourist resort or in a private house, apartment situated on the beach or in the Istrian inland. The accommodation offer can be found here.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.