Just south of Trieste, Italy, Istria has had a long, rich history – the fruits of which are evident in its modern-day culture. Centuries of Venetian rule means there’s a strong Italian influence both in architecture and cuisine, juxtaposed by those that entered through the communist era. Istria has got an impressive coastline too, making it the perfect summer destination but this peninsula is perhaps best known for its gastronomy. It’s rich in truffles and mushrooms, its wines are award-winning and its seafood is fresh and local; discover our best places to eat in Istria.
Blu arguably has the best location in Rovinj. Located right on the seafront about two miles from the old town, you can eat dinner merely steps away from the sea, and its setting makes for a peaceful and serene atmosphere. At Blu it’s all about refined, seasonal seafood dishes; expect simple dishes finished to a high standard. For more information, visit Blu’s website.
Sitting along the water’s edge of Poreč, Divino has a prime spot in this ancient Roman town. The menu has a big emphasis on Istrian delicacies – expect lots of truffles and seafood straight from the Adriatic – with a Mediterranean influence. Go to the Divino website to see more.
Family-run restaurant Milan in historic Pula strikes the right balance between luxurious and relaxed. With a focus on quality ingredients (including homemade olive oil), Milan serves up fresh, classic dishes with a twist. Visit the restaurant’s website to find out more.
Istria meets Italy at Monte, a restaurant tucked away in a small side street in Rovinj’s old town. Boasting a leafy outdoor terrace, Monte has one of the best locations in the city, while its service and experimental cuisine is second to none. The menu changes often, but try the five or seven course tasting menu for a bit of everything. Visit the Monte website for more information.
Words by Angharad Jones