FLAVOURS

The proximity of the fertile lands provide for a unique blend of Istrian and maritime cuisine. The traditional dishes of the rural outskirts are based on homegrown produce, thriving among the vineyards and olive groves, while the seaside cuisine relies on fish and molluscs. Local restauranteurs are committed to the “kilometre zero” initiative, which means that you will always enjoy authentic dishes prepared according to traditional recipes, using local, fresh and wholesome ingredients. Local homegrown produce is also sold at the farmer’s market during summer.

Enjoy the many flavours of Izola!


FISH

Traditional fishing and the fishing industry transformed a small seaside village into a world-renowned town. Due to vast quantities of fish, commercial fishing began in the early 20th century and with its rapid development the population of Izola increased drastically. The fish processing plant and a large fishing fleet created jobs and opportunities for further development, but it all suddenly came to a halt with Slovenia’s independence, the loss of fishing grounds and the dwindling of fish stocks. Nowadays, only a few small groups of fishermen fish in these waters, reminding us of the once majestic fleet. Still, fishing left a strong mark that can be still perceived in every corner of the town of Izola.

RESTAURANTS AND TAVERNS

WINE

The winemakers of Izola have been proudly producing four colours of wine for centuries. Beside the excellent reds and whites, Izola is also known for its rosé. In the last few years, the aromatic orange wine, produced according to ancient methods of must fermentation, joined these traditional colours. The favourable location of the family-owned vineyards, where knowledge and skills are passed down through generations, gives a particular flavour and depth to the local wines. The warm Mediterranean winds carry the sea air to the surrounding hills where the grapes ripen in the sun-kissed vineyards.

Upon request, it is possible to arrange a visit to the wine cellars and take a stroll through the vineyards of different winemakers.

WINEMAKERS, WINE SHOPS AND WINE BAR

OLIVES

To taste a great olive oil you only need a plate and some bread. Anyone who owns at least one olive tree will agree. High-quality olive oil sets the standard in Izola and the locals are quick to dismiss the imported oil mixtures sold at the grocery stores. However, the demanding palates of the locals are understandable, since olives have been growing on the Istrian soil since the classical era. Oil production has only stopped for a brief period in the 19th century, and has been quickly developing over the past three decades.

Great location, the number of sunny days and the proximity of the sea are the key ingredients for the exceptional flavour of local olive oils. There is a professional laboratory in Izola that controls the quality of olive oil, discovers adulterated oil and ensures the traceability of products with a protected geographical indication. The olive oil producers from Izola have received many prestigious international awards.

Upon request, it is possible to arrange a tour of the olive mills or join the olive harvest in autumn.

 

 

RESTAURANTS AND TAVERNS

Iz morja na krožnik

FROM SEA TO PLATE THE RESTAURANT OF THE MARINA HOTEL

On the corner of the Veliki trg square, near the fishing harbour, you will find the Marina Hotel – a wonderful place with an exquisite location, friendly staff and a top-grade restaurant. The hosts, master chef Ivica Evačić-Ivek and his staff, rely only on the best and freshest locally grown ingredients. They can point to the harbour or the neighbouring hills to show you exactly who provided the fish or where did the wine and the olive oil come from. The location and the menu will certainly entice even the most demanding guests, whether they stay in the scenic town of Izola for a day or longer.

Restaurant’s website.

 

Ko si vaše brbončice zaželijo morskega in domačega

GOSTILNA SONJA: When your taste buds crave homemade seafood!

The story of Gostilna Sonja began in a picturesque village on the hill above Izola, back in 1988 when they first served the fruits of the Istrian land. After a decade of creating delicious Istrian dishes, at the beginning of the new millennium, the owners decided to relocate to Izola, the most celebrated Slovenian fishing town. There are still small wooden fishing boats floating around the harbour of Izola, where the fishermen sell their daily catch. Sit back in the cool shade of the restaurant’s terrace, with the smell of sea in the air, and enjoy a glass of locally made wine, while the staff spoils you with delicacies provided by the Istrian land and its long-standing culinary traditions. Indulge in the aroma of sea-salt and rosemary and savour the pure and authentic flavours of Istria and the Adriatic.

 

Restaurant’s website.

Mesne specialitete med kostanjevimi drevesi

A MEAT LOVER’S PARADISE IN THE SHADE OF CHESTNUT TREES GOSTILNA DORO

Under the leafy canopy of chestnut trees, visitors will be met by the warm seaside hospitality of Doro’s staff throughout the year. Here, at Doro’s, the hosts want their guests to just relax and enjoy a sip of excellent wine and selected house specialties. The meat is cooked over a carefully prepared grill, using only a specially selected sweet charcoal. Grilling over this charcoal gives the dishes a unique aroma and an exceptional flavour.

 

Gostilna Doro
Trg padlih za svobodo 3, Izola
T: +386 (0)5 641 74 96

Morske dobrote, oljčno olje in kakovostno vino

Gostilna Korte

The beneficial Mediterranean climate, the fertile land and the proximity of the sea have always influenced the lives of the locals, who have lived off the land and the sea, devoted to farming, crafts, salt panning and fishing. This long-standing tradition is the base of the authentic, homey Istrian gastronomy, especially known for fresh seafood, olive oil and top-quality wine. These are also the ingredients you will taste in Gostilna Korte in the idyllic village above Izola.

 

Restaurant’s website.

Kulinarika z razgledom

GASTRONOMY WITH A VIEW – KAMIN RESTAURANT ON BELVEDERE

The Kamin restaurant on Belvedere offers an unforgettable culinary experience with a stunning view. The restaurant’s terrace looks over the wonderful bay and when the temperatures drop, it’s time to pamper your taste buds with delicacies, cooked in the indoor fireplace. Chef Jernej Podpečan and his outstanding team take particular care in preparing dishes and seafood delicacies, based on traditional Istrian flavours, adding a modern twist to them and relying solely on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The foundation of their excellent food is their own organic extra virgin olive oil, marked with a geographical indication. The olives turn to oil just a few hours after the harvesting, which guarantees excellent quality and an exceptional taste.

 

Restaurant’s website.


WINE

Moč podeželja v osrčju mestnega jedra

THE STRENGTH OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE HEART OF THE TOWN MANZIOLI WINE BAR

Manzioli Wine Bar is located on the Manzioli square in the heart of the old town of Izola. The bar is open all year round and pampers its guest with fragrant morning coffees, a selection of over a hundred wine labels, a wide range of domestic and imported beer and rum, as well as sandwiches, refreshments and cigars. Upon prior arrangement, the bar offers wine tastings and refreshments for larger groups (weddings, business meetings, and meals in the square). In the warmer months, the bar hosts cultural and live music events, at which the magical atmosphere of the town paired with a glass of carefully selected wine enchant the guests. The Manzioli Wine Bar team also arranges special wine and food tastings at sea.

 

Wine bar’s website.

1001 VINO WINE SHOP

The 1001 Vino wine shop offers a wide selection of wine and olive oil from different producers, as well as homemade jam, dried fruit, honey, salt and other typical products. They also arrange visits to local wine cellars and vineyards as well as wine tastings.

 

Vinoteka 1001 vino
Ljubljanska ulica 5, Izola
T: +386 (0) 31 738 947
E: vesna.lacic@hotmail.com

BOŽIČ WINE SHOP

This wine shop, run by the winemakers and olive oil producers of the Božič family, offers mainly the products the family-owned wine cellar and their own olive oil. Here you can choose from an assortment of homemade treats or purchase a gift basket assembled according to your taste.

 

Wine shop’s website.

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