Think grandma’s homemade cooking kind of place. The pasta is all made from scratch and is mouthwatering good. It may not be special ambient wise and may be in the middle of nowhere, but wow do they know how to make truffle pasta. You will notice as you eye the room that there are mostly Italians eating here, which in my opinion is always a good sign since who loves to eat good more than Italians??…(maybe French lol). They drive from Italy to Istria to eat because they know Istrian food is at a high quality at an incredible price. This is the place I go if I want a big bowl if homemade pasta from scratch with LOTS of truffle. They make it with an egg sauce and it really brings out the flavor of the truffle. This place is bucket list worthy.
What your ordering: Fuzi Pasta with Truffle (depending on the season black or white)
2. San Rocco
Hidden away in Brtiniglia this place will always hold a special place in my heart since it is where we had our fairytale Istrian wedding. The main reason we chose San Rocco was because they are known to have one of the top restaurants in Istria and is on its way to a Michelin Star. They are fine dining, so the ambience is beautiful. In the summer I recommend eating in the garden. They have a different take on truffle pasta. Their truffle pasta is made with bucatini pasta, fresh pieces of Adriatic fish and large shavings of truffle on top. It is TOP.
3. Rival Mare
Located seafront in Novigrad is a boutique hotel called Rival Mare. We ate here out of convenience after a long day at the beach, but it ended up being some of the best truffle pasta I had ever tasted! YUM:)
This is the place where my love of truffles began. If it wasn’t for Niki’s I wouldn’t be living in Croatia since I would have never met my husband and moved to Croatia. This is the place where I first tasted truffle and where first laid eyes on Marko. My Father in Law’s restaurant Niki’s, which is now my home (we live in an apartment above!) is the place I have consumed the most truffles. Made with pasta homemade with love by Marko’s sister Irena you can’t go wrong.
5. Konba Morgan
If you’re looking for something romantic, situated on top of a hill near the city of Brtonigla is Konoba Morgan. It used to be a hunting lodge and is known for their meat, but do not overlook the truffle pasta! Sitting on their outdoor terrace, you see miles of vineyards and the beginning edge of the sea. Konoba Morgan has one of the best sunset views in Istria. It is our ultimate date night spot. Marko first took me here first for the pasta and second for the view. What more could you want? Truffles, a beautiful sunset, and surrounded by vineyards:)
6. Trattoria David
If you’re looking for a large quantity of pasta and truffles, then David is your place. The ambience is nothing fancy, but the pasta is homemade, and the truffles are bountiful:)