We passed for Sunday lunch in Konoba Rustica one day in February and were surprised how it was packed, mostly with Italians and Slovenians that just adore to spend weekends in Istria. Although they are also serving pizza this is not just another bland pizzeria you find all over Croatia.
It is also an authentic Istrian konoba serving traditional Istrian fare, homemade pasta like fuži, pljukanci or cheese filled ravioli. But their specialty is surely lamb or veal slowly baked for many hours under peka (the traditional baking bell made of metal) that is alone worth coming here. They also serve excellent gibanica, a cake indigenous to Međimurje region in the northwest Croatia, which is quite a clever choice as, to be honest, Istrian desserts are maybe too frugal for modern palates. In conclusion, here at Rustica you won't find highly sophisticated dishes but honest, hearty dishes for a moderate price.