As of today, Croatia can brag about two more restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star. The restaurants Boskinac (Novalja) and LD Terrace (Korcula) were awarded one MICHELIN star, while the restaurants Pelegrini (Šibenik), 360º (Dubrovnik), Monte (Rovinj), Noel (Zagreb) and Draga di Lovrana (Lovran) kept their star.
In addition, two more restaurants are listed on the Bib Gourmand list, which makes Croatia boast a total of 70 MICHELIN-rated restaurants today. This is the result of a secret visit to Croatian restaurants by professional inspectors of MICHELIN, globally the most significant and recognized guide to restaurants on whose pages a list for Croatia is published.
-We are extremely proud that as of today, Croatia has a total of seven restaurants with the prestigious MICHELIN star and that Novalja and Korcula have been added to Croatian destinations that boast authentic and exceptionally high quality gastronomic offer. MICHELIN is a worldwide synonym for excellence in gastronomy, and Croatia is a land of top gastronomic offer, which is nowadays becoming an increasingly important motive for the arrival and return of guests to their destination. I am sure of the great promotional effects of all the MICHELIN labels that can also serve as an encouragment for the further development and nurturing of our indigenous flavors – Kristjan Stanicic, Croatian National Tourist Board Director, said, adding the sincere congratulations to all awarded and distinguished restaurants, especially restaurant owners and employees Boskinac and LD Terrace whose work and creativity were recognized by MICHELIN's inspectors.
Michelin's Bib Gourmand labels, along with last year's restaurants Batelina (Banjole), Konoba Vinko (Konjevrate), Agava (Zagreb) and TAC (Zagreb), will be awarded this year to Tavern Skoj (Solta) and Zlatne Gorice (Varazdin Breg). This label is given to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices.
-The new MICHELIN recognitions confirm that the Croatian gastronomic scene is evolving from year to year, and it is also a great reward for all who continuously work on improving the quality of preparation, presentation and creation of the entire gastronomic experience. Croatia is continuously building an image of a recognizable gastronomic destination based on the extraordinary diversity of regional gastronomic identities. According to Food Travel Monitor's research, as many as 93 percent of tourists participated in a "special food and drink experience" during a tourist trip, indicating that gastronomy is now a content that almost all tourists are interested in. That is why we will pay special attention in the next strategic period to eno-gastronomy, connecting producers and caterers, and stronger branding and further positioning of Croatia as the new gastronomic icon of Europe - said Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.