Experience Istria

Rovinj Souvenir: Recipe book of the Batana


House Recipes of the Batana House have been passed down through the generations and prepared both at home and in the special atmosphere of Rovinj’s tavern - spacio, but also during family and group excursions. These specialties are mostly made of simple ingredients and they are quite “easy” to prepare. Recipes have kept their traditional ingredients and they capture the true essence and flavours of fish, crabs and seafood, main gastronomic specialties of Rovinj. The living circumstances in Rovinj have greatly affected the origin of dishes from the selection of the author of the Recipe book. These circumstances are related primarily to the maritime market, rich in fish, and modest social standard of fishermen, sailors and farmers which did not allow culinary licentiousness of the local cuisine, but set unsurpassed standards of natural food flavours. Local cuisine recipes use little spices and seasonings but carefully selected to bring out the underlying flavor of fish.

These are salt, pepper, vinegar, onion and garlic, bay leaf, parsley, polenta, kale, chicory and various salads. The gastronomic specialties of Batana Hause are accompanied by wine and olive oil, two major agricultural produce of Istria and Rovinj, and this is considered to be an authentic culinary ritual. Batana procession and dinner at spacio Rovinj, Tuesdays and Thursdays In the evening join the batana procession with lanterns. It starts from a small pier near the main square and continues along the beautiful old town to the local tavern Spacio Matika in Švalbina Street with sea entrance. Batana procession is accompanied by evocative music of Rovinj folk group Batana or Bitinaduri of the cultural Society ‘Marco Garbin’. A traditional dinner with fish specialties will be served at Spacio Matika.

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