The recent 2017 Michelin guide has included a restaurant in Croatia for the very first time: congratulations to Monte Restaurant in the old town of Rovinj which now boasts a Michelin star.
Located on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula and famous for it’s beautiful waterfront, pine fringed, stunning coves and pastel coloured houses, Rovinj is a favourite with visitors and now Monte and Rovinj will be famous for the inclusion in the most prestigious awards in the restaurant world.
Istria is well known for fabulous wines and olive oils with both winning international awards in recent years: famous Decanter International has awarded Istrian winemakers medals and Flos Olei, acknowledged as the most comprehensive guide to the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, named Istria as the world’s best olive oil region in 2016 and 2017.
Michelin gave 33 restaurants in Croatia a special recommendation in the 2017 listings with 12 of these being in Istria, in addition to the acclaimed winner, Monte. The 12 restaurants were in Novigrad, Brtonigla, Banjole, Porec, Livade, Bale, Zambratija and Rovinj.
Due to the fantastic location, Istria has been a top destination for gourmets for many years with visitors from neighbouring countries including Italy and Austria making the short drive to spend a weekend tasting the region’s fabulous food, wines and oils.
Truffles, hand crafted cheese, famous air dried prsut (ham), the freshest of Adriatic fish and seafood and some of the best pasta and risotto in Europe are what has attracted them in addition to the superb wines and olive oils. Now Croatia’s first Michelin star restaurant will be an added bonus!
Istria has many gourmet experiences for visitors include self guided olive oil and wine roads where many of the region’s best producers can be experienced in easy drives. Many places have food based events including sardine festivals in Fazana, truffle celebrations in Buzet and many more.
This year, there are 26 flights weekly from the UK to Pula, Istria’s own international airport, some start in March and the short flight from London takes just two hours. From Eire there are three flights weekly from Dublin with a flight time of under three hours.
Enjoy Istria in 2017 and experience the taste of excellence.