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Konoba Danijeli

Istria
Danijeli 76
Tinjan
+385 52 686 658
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Kringa is best known for Jure Grando or, as they claim, the first European vampire. The legend goes back to 1656 when Jure started to terrorize the village until, 16 years later, nine peasants lead by a priest decided to try the effectiveness of the hawthorn stake. Even if we are not sure whether they succeeded to get rid of Jure or not (so a garlic garland as an accessory is more than welcome), a few months ago a local guy we met by chance (yeah, you bet!) on the road Poreč-Pazin convinced us that our stomachs will be freed from hunger in the popular Konoba Danijeli, just a kilometer from Kringa. They serve traditional Istrian food and famous pršut from Tinjan, he said. OK, let’s go! At the end we didn’t try their Vampire menu, but homemade pljukanci with tasty chicken stew and grilled polenta with beef goulash managed to sooth our fear and start the blood flowing again. After a few liters of blood-red Teran wine we were finally ready to step into the night. It was just about midnight…
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Konoba Stari podrum

Istria
Most 52
Momjan
+385 52 779 152
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In Buje area it’s worth to get lost. If you are lucky enough you’ll take a narrow local road that zigzags through the hills of olive trees and vineyards and finally find yourself in front of Stari podrum. This tavern looks like a lonely house from a fairy tale. Discrete rumbling of the nearby stream accompanies you as you enter inside. Interior is cosy, rustic, with stone walls and an open fireplace with a barbecue in one corner. Here you’ll find homemade bread, a good house Malvazija, but also a good selection of renowned Istrian winemakers like Kozlović, Benvenuti, Clai, Coronica… Local charcuteries are a must try - Istrian pršut, sausages, ossocollo, pork tenderloin (ombolo), everything air-dried on Bura wind. A bottle of local extra virgin olive oil is at your disposal, so pour it over truffle cheese, freshly picked radicchio, rocket salad, in fact put it on everything that chef Mira brings to your table. Amazing omelets or homemade pasta, with wild asparagus or black truffles, everything here smells so good that the air is full of mouthwatering aromas. Reservation is a must.
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Without any doubt Alla Beccaccia is a must-visit for any devoted carnivore who visits Pula, especially if you like wild game. At Alla Beccaccia all the meat is prepared exclusively either on a barbecue or under a čripnja (or peka in Dalmatia, a bell shaped metal lid) covered with live coals which gives it delicious smoky flavours. The owner is a passionate hunter so it is reasonable to expect that the game served will be fresh and local, especially if you come in the hunting season. One additional thing worth praising is the fact that he takes great care to ensure that even the simplest foodstuffs, the bread, house wine, olive oil, fried potatoes, green salad and vegetables are right; wherever possible they are homemade or local products, and they’re all prepared with great precision. Don’t miss their fuži or pljukanci pasta or gnocchi with wild boar or venison goulash.
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Konoba Furia

Istria
Smilovići 145
Momjan
+385 52 779 001
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This family-run tavern is settled on a hill just above Momjan, in tiny village Sv. Mauro. The interior is very basic and rustic, it looks like an old mountain cabin. Start with charcuterie and cheese of local provenance. To be honest, you should come here only to try these cold starters. We ate fantastic ossocollo, made in traditional way by owner’s friend that lives nearby, and it was literally melting in our mouths. The pasta and especially the meat dishes were also good, but there is still some place for improvement in chef’s cooking techniques. Red wine that we ordered, refošk from nearby Prelac winery, was excellent and honestly priced. If you visit Furia during the summer choose a table on the terrace with stunning view on nearby vineyards and Savudrija bay on the horizon. And don’t forget to finish the meal with local dessert wine Momjan Muškat, one of the best Muscats in the world!
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Konoba Batelina

Istria
Čimulje 25
Banjole
+385 52 573 767
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Give David Skoko fresh fish or shellfish – the more underrated, the better – and he’ll turn it into a pure and simple but glorious piece of culinary art. His sister is responsible for crazy and yummy desserts that are light years from standard offer in Croatian restaurants (palačinke). This family-owned tavern is in the heart of all true Croatian gourmands. They put quality before profit, promote local ingredients and wine and make you feel like among friends.
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To try how the real Istrian pršut should taste come to Zrenj, a remote village on the plateau above Buzet. Here all the ingredients are local and that can be felt in every single dish we tasted. They were prepared with care, respecting the traditional way of (slow) cooking. We are quite sure this divine Istrian pršut was made from a pig that was raised here in the backyard. It has a nice pepper crust, tender and humid inside, of sweet and gentle taste. The panceta (dried bacon) is also a dream, Mediterranean aromatic herbs enchant you as you swallow it. Fuži, this beloved Istrian pasta in a form of rolled tube, is made to perfection – large pieces, made of thick pasta sheets so that they remain al dente. It is worth coming here just to eat fuži with just a bit of butter and plenty of shaved white or black truffles on top. Enjoy also their homemade vinegar and delicious cakes that taste like they are coming from grandmother’s cookbook.