Most of the Istrian peninsula is in the Republika Hrvatska (Croatia, to you and I). It’s a lovely part of the world, and surprisingly varied, with attractive ports on the coast, and beautiful medieval hill towns inland.
Istria goes in for quality, rather than quantity. The olive oils are world renowned, and the food is excellent. Lindsey and I enjoyed a number of delicious meals there.
Stuffed garlic squid with potatoes and spinach.
One of the most tasty meals was also about the cheapest – ćevapčići with lepinja bread (a Bosnian speciality).
Grilled meat platter for two (it would feed 4).
Motovun is a very scenic hill town, and truffles can be found in the surrounding forest. This simple dish of home-made pasta with creamy sauce and sliced truffles at the Fakin Restaurant was exceptional.
Steak with truffle sauce.
We visited Vina Benazić near Pula, and while tasting a couple of spectacularly fine wines, enjoyed a platter of local food.
When you see this sort of thing from the road, you have to stop and partake. In the event, though tasty, the spit roast meat was slightly dry for my liking.