The friendly face of Istrian cuisine

Cooking Classes

Our triangle-shaped peninsula in the northern Adriatic is probably the best branded food & wine region of Croatia. Favourable climate, rich tradition and the mixture of Austrian and Italian influences have created a very interesting area, which reminds many foreigners of an „off-the-beaten-path“ version of Tuscany.

Istria is the perfect combination of the rural and urban, of the tourist-infested coast and quiet, romantic inland, and its cuisine reflects this duality. The sea gives excellent fish and shellfish, and the forests and hills give plenty of meat, mushrooms, artisan cheese, forest fruits…

Istrian cuisine trademarks are various kinds of indigenous pasta (fuži, pljukanci, Labinski krafi), wild asparagus, truffles, famous dry-cured ham pršut, some of the best olive oils in the world, Lim oysters, and local wine varieties like the white Malvazija and red Teran, but also great brandies like biska or medica.

In our cooking classes you’ll learn the art of traditional Istrian pasta and master the making of žgvacet or brodet, traditional meat or fish goulash. Try your hand at beating the hell out of baccalà and make a fish paté whose taste can be as noble as the best fois gras. Taste some of the best olive oils in the world and become a pro in its tasting, learn how to make carpaccio and other cold fish starters, how to properly grill the fish without being afraid it will stick to the barbecue.

Since I am also a certified sommelier I can also include in the course the basics of food and wine pairing and introduce you to excellent Istrian wines. We can work together and in intuitive way learn how to find a wine that perfectly pairs with a dish.

Program of the cooking classes listed here, represent only some examples among all combinations available that can be personalized according to our customers’ needs. Our cooking classes are designed for small groups. From one to 8 guests (depending on the program) but can be modified for bigger groups as well. Most cooking classes offered include transfer from anywhere in Pula area, all the ingredients that we source on local green and fish market, the lesson followed by a meal that you cooked, a bottle of wine for two persons, water and some authentic sightseeing… All our tours are private experiences and tailored for individuals and small groups.

Secrets of Fish Filleting and Grilling

Secrets of Fish Filleting and Grilling

The dishes we’ll prepare in this class will reflect the seasonal best from Pula’s fish market that day. When we come to Ližnjan you’ll first learn how to easily clean and fillet the fish, shells, prawns… The heads and spines will be used for a generous fish stock, a must have in preparation of practically all fish dishes.

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Art of Istrian Pasta and Zgvacet

Art of Istrian Pasta and Zgvacet

We’ll prepare several types of traditional Istrian fresh pasta: fuži, pljukanci, gnocchi, Labinski krafi. They are usually served with žgvacet, a traditional Istrian gulasch made with beef, chicken, tomatoes and wine. For dessert we’ll prepare some dessert based on skuta, sheep whey cheese, and seasonal Mediterranean fruits.

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Bakalar na bijelo aka baccala’ mantecato

Bakalar na bijelo aka baccala’ mantecato

Istria was under the rule of Venice for many centuries. Thus, it’s no surprise there are many traditional Venetian dishes on the tables of our peninsula. The most famous one is bakalar na bijelo (baccalà mantecato), an unctuous dried cod paté that we will prepare from scratch and, as Istrian tradition demands, serve it with homemade posutice.

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