Livade area, is the home of the famous Istrian truffle. This small place in inner peninsula keeps attracting more and more people, particularly since Mr Giancarlo Zigante found the biggest known truffle in the world, which weighted 1.310 kg and entered the Guinness book of records as the biggest example ever found. This remarkable event that took place in November 1999 ensured Livade the title of the world Centre of truffles. Nowadays, the truffle holds an irreplaceable position in world gastronomy and the best world restaurants rely on its simplicity and powerful attractiveness in creating their menus. But how many of them could boast with the fact that this precious mushroom grows in the untouched nature just outside their courtyard? Restaurant Zigante in Livade in Istria is surely one of the rare. It is the first restaurant in Croatia specialised in the Istrian truffle based menu. During the entire calendar year, it offers a unique, carefully designed menu.
|Monday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 22:00|
|Tuesday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 23:00|
|Wednesday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 23:00|
|Thursday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 23:00|
|Friday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 22:00|
|Saturday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 23:00|
|Sunday||12:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 23:00|
Sommelier: Antonio Kordaso
Restaurant is specialised in the istrian truffle based menu. Chef Damir Modrušan gives a modern interpretation of traditional cuisine based on fresh Istrian truffle. Food offer depends on the season of white and black truffles, so the menu changes several times a year. The kitchen use fresh local ingredients that are perfectly paired with truffles and give a distinctive touch of tradition in the modern kitchen.
Situated in the refurbished stone Istrian house just next to the restaurant Zigante, these four stars modern rooms are the right choice for every gourmet person who appreciates powerful relaxation that a typical rural Istrian place can offer. All our rooms are air conditioned, and have TV with selected cable programs, mini bar, and safe deposit box. We also offer you a free speed internet access, and free parking.
We offer you a truffle seeking demonstration, truffle hunting, cooking classes, truffle tastings, visit of the truffle factory, truffle fair (even 7 weekends in autumn)...
Driving on narrow roads through charming villages of central Istria, on my way to visit the Restaurant Zigante, I thought: „Which normal person would come all the way here just because of one restaurant". We arrived to the nice village of Livade, which happens to be the home of the Istrian truffle, and entered the restaurant without any expectations, despite the fairytales that we had been listening about this place. However, immediately upon the first contact with Zigante cuisine, I thought: „Which normal person would not come all the way here just because of one restaurant". - Vuk Tripković, „Wine style“
A 4-course black truffle menu.€50,- pp