The famous Michelin Food&Travel Guide (Michelin Travel Partner from Boulogne Billancourt in France) has issued the first special edition of its Red Guide entirely dedicated to the Croatian region of Istria.
This type of publication Michelin usually publishes for important gourmet destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, Trentino Alto Adige etc. which are also included in national editions; however, due to their particularity and importance of the area as well as their gourmet offer, they deserve special attention is such editions.
The Croatian region of Istria has been present in almost all major European gastronomic guides for years; however, the Red Michelin Guide was not one of them, until now. At the end of January this year, a Michelin Star was awarded to the restaurant Monte in Rovinj. In addition to Monte, the so-called Michelin plates were awarded to twelve restaurants in the Istria County.
According to the Michelin criteria, Istria is defined as a small area with a limited number of recommended addresses, (the entire Croatia has 34 addresses, whilst Istria has 13). The Michelin edition for Istria also includes the tourist part, i.e. the so-called Green Michelin that encompasses the entire tourist offer of Istria.
The new edition for 2018 has already been prepared and it offers the possibility of including a larger number of recommended addresses or those with Michelin stars; however, that depends on caterers, their offer and evaluation of inspectors. The next edition would also include the best Istrian hotels, winemakers and olive oil makers. The special edition of the Red Michelin Guide for Istria under the title ‘’Unforgettable Tastes, Scents and Memories’’, describes Istria as a unique Mediterranean spot and highlights Istrian truffles, extra virgin olive oil and wine, listing in alphabetical order the best restaurants. The Istrian restaurants that were selected for the Red Michelin Guide 2017 are: Alla Beccaccia, Valbandon Batelina, Banjole Damir&Ornella, Novigrad-Cittanova Konoba Cok, Novigrad-Cittanova Konoba Morgan, Bracanija, Buje-Buie Marina, Novigrad-Cittanova Meneghetti, Bale-Valle Monte*, Rovinj-Rovigno Pergola, Zambratija-Zambrattia San Rocco, Brtonigla-Verteneglio Sv. Nikola, Porec-Parenzo Wine Vault, Rovinj-Rovigno Zigante, Livade-Levade.
The special edition of the Michelin Green Guide for Istria selected the most important locations in Istria: Beram *** Motovun-Montona** Grožnjan-Grisignana** Poreč-Parenzo** Rovinj-Rovigno** Vodnjan-Dignano* Bale-Valle* Labin* Plomin* Svetvincenat* Sv. Lovrec* Draguc* Hum* Vrsar-Orsera* Novigrad-Cittanova Oprtalj-Portole Umag-Umago.