There the fall is not just in the air but on the plate as well, and its most wondrous gifts come not just from the soil and trees but the sandy beach as well…
When talking of Istria’s most recognizable flavors, it can be easy to forget it’s Croatia’s largest peninsula. We’ll mention the tasty prosciutto and cheese, superb wines, pasta with truffles and asparagus, Istrian beef… but there won’t be any mention of first rate fish, seashells and crabs to be found in this part of the Adriatic. In the past couple of years special attention has been attracted by the newly discovered irresistible combinations of marine and continental flavors available at such festivals as The Sole Fish Days.
Considering the sole is among the finest and most flavorful fish in this part of the Adriatic, its presence in local cuisine will be of interest to any traveler. It would, however, make more sense to call this fish a fruit of the Mirna river, because its presence in this part of the sea is due to sandy sea bottom it inhabits, mostly the consequence of this famous Istrian river’s delta.
The sole is a gift to any cook: easy to clean, with a full yet mild flavor that can be made part of an entire variety of dishes, including desserts. The chefs from restaurants and taverns in Northwestern Istria prove this every year, presenting their dishes at The Sole Fish Days with the hope of drawing in repeat customers by the virtue of this exquisite fish. Some of the dishes present a symphony of local aromas and flavors: you’ll get the chance to sample local olive oil or mushrooms, wash it all down with luscious Teran and Malvasia wine, and for those with a simpler tastes, the sole is amazing with just a few drops of lemon.