Score a hit and you’ll find yourself in a family-run “konoba” with a plate of fresh fish or a wood-fired pizza with a topping of local Dalmatian ham (above).
Score a miss however and you are more likely to be dipping into a risotto that is more like a soup with granules of rice floating in it or a pizza covered in little more than flavourless cheese and imported seafood mix.
During a recent three-week stint in
For the majority the pizzas are cheap and tasty meal option, particularly in Zagreb and Split where the pizza-by-the-slice outlets are on many street corners with slices selling for about 8 kuna (AUD$2).
You have to be a little more discerning when choosing pasta however and I found a good rule of thumb was to avoid the main touristy areas and search for a restaurant a few streets back from the harbour. That’s what we did on the
On the flip side, the worst was at
If you’re planning a visit to
At Vela Luca (Tony Santic’s home town) on the
Put simply: superb. As I savoured every mouthful in the restaurant’s vine-covered courtyard with the sound of the ocean in the background I realised a restaurant doesn’t need a Michelin star (or three) to offer an amazing dining experience.-Zoe