Top Gastronomic Experiences in Istria
Mmmmm, delicious flavours of Istria! A true paradise for gourmets, the peninsula is the shiny star of Croatian cuisine with a number of exceptional specialties. Whether you are a food and wine connoisseur, a fan of meat and seafood, a vegetable enthusiast, look forward to an unforgettable gastronomic journey making your entire holiday experience perfectly complete.
Unique highlights of Istrian cuisine
Treat your taste buds to the exquisite tastes of top quality gastronomic treats! Home to one of the most delectable shellfish in the world - Jacob’s scallops of Novigrad (locally known as kapešante), premium truffle found in Motovun forest and native cattle breed boškarin giving first-class beef, Istrian cuisine pleases even the most demanding palates.
Delight in baked, gratinated or raw Jacob’s scallops, and don’t miss the opportunity to try them in various dishes during food festivals dedicated to them. Savor the succulent flavours of truffles prepared with fish, chocolate or Istrian pasta fuži or pljukanci, which marvelously complement boškarin dishes as well. Aminess Maestral Hotel **** invites you to indulge in fine dining with truffles and boškarin dishes at the à la carte Oliveto restaurant.
Absolute must try’s on the peninsula also include Adriatic squid, sole fish and wild asparagus. As prominent representatives of Istrian cuisine, each of them is specially celebrated during food festivals greatly enjoyed by all visitors.
Istrian wine roads
Raise your glass of an amazing Istrian wine and toast to wonderful holiday moments! In addition to authentic wines such as Momjan Muscat, Teran and Istrian Malvasia, the peninsula boasts excellent wines from international grape varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Go wine tasting at a winery or two, be it Kozlović, Degrassi, Coronica, Kabola, Matošević or others, and revel in the fruits of Istrian soil, especially when served with some Istrian prosciutto or sausages. Numerous festivities held to celebrate Istrian wines also provide an excellent wine tasting opportunity. One exciting example is Aminess Wine & Gourmet Nights, taking place on the last Friday of a month, where you get to taste amazing dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients perfectly complemented by selected Istrian wines.
Olive oil roads
Go for the gold of Istria! From the times of ancient Romans to the present, the peninsula has been renowned for its olive oil of excellent quality, particularly the extra virgin olive oil. So, enjoy the sight of the olive groves and visit the family farms to try their products and homemade delicacies, possibly even learn a few useful tips about the use of olive oil.
A bottle or two of premium olive oil is also a great souvenir to take home with, to keep reminding you of the fun times in Istria. Aminess is also a proud producer of olive oil, so be sure to try our extra virgin olive oil Vergal.
Enjoying Istrian cuisine all year long
Appreciate the irresistible flavours of Istria any time of year! Prepared with locally sourced fresh ingredients, Istrian dishes bring to you the tastes of the sea and the countryside at their best. Whether you opt for fine dining, maybe even in one of the 14 restaurants recommended by the Michelin guide, a nice dinner at a konoba restaurant or a family farm, you are in for an unforgettable culinary experience. Bon appétit and cheers!