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Restaurant • Fine Dining


Restaurant Zigante

There are many good restaurants in Croatia, but restaurant Zigante is the first Croatian restaurant to ever specialize in Istrian truffle-based menus. Unsurprisingly, the fact that you can order their fresh truffle dishes throughout the year attracts visitors from far and wide. Owned by Antonella Zigante, this characteristic hotel restaurant is located in a small village called Livade, in the heart of Istria. Thanks to the inn’s skilled chefs and sommeliers, the establishment has received multiple international awards and won first place in the category of “Good Croatian Restaurants” in 2005. Next to its outstanding terroir-based cuisine, this dining spot also offers a vast variety of quality wines, including both domestic and foreign labels.


Livade, Croatia
G&M 14
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Antonella Zigante

Antonella Zigante
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With restaurant Zigante, owner and Jeune Restaurateur Antonella Zigante continues an impressive family tradition. Her inn is situated near the Motovun Forest – the place where Mr. Giancarlo Zigante, accompanied by his dog Diana, stumbled upon the biggest white truffle in the world in 1999. The truffle weighed 1.31 kg and was listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Terroir-based cuisine

Truffle menu

Family-run hotel

Zigante’s cuisine

Hotel restaurant Zigante is fully dedicated to creating unique dishes with truffles. Drawing on traditional Istrian cuisine, the chef and his kitchen team create modern interpretations of classic regional recipes. The menu changes a couple of times a year, according to the seasons. This means that dishes with fresh white truffles are only served between October and December. The meals with fresh black truffles can be served during the entire year. The delicious menus are beautifully complemented by an extensive wine selection, consisting of exciting domestic and foreign wines.

Livade area

Hotel restaurant Zigante is wonderfully situated near the idyllic Motovun Forest in Livade, Croatia. Thanks to its tranquility and beauty, this small Istrian village attracts numerous tourists.  The Motovun Forest is famous for being one of the world’s largest natural habitats of white truffles. Its dense woodlands, lush meadows and unique flora and fauna, make it ideal for hiking and exploring. The restaurant itself also organizes an array of activities, such as truffle seeking demonstrations, truffle hunting, cooking classes, truffle tastings, a trip to the truffle factory, and a truffle fair.

Characteristic hotel

Right next to restaurant Zigante lies a renovated Istrian house. This building is home to the Zigante family’s hotel. The modern hotel rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV, a mini bar, free Wi-Fi, and a safe. It’s the perfect place to unwind in the Croatian countryside. 



Zigante Livade 7 52427 Livade Croatia

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Opening times

Monday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 22:00

Mastercard Priceless Experience

A 4-course black truffle menu.

€50,- pp

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