In recent years, Split has been experiencing a real gastronomic renaissance, particularly inside and around Diocletian’s Palace. Magnificent interiors and charming terraces are irresistible to those who wish to enjoy good food with a view of the passers-by. But if you wish to treat yourself to a good dish, the best Dalmatian specialties with small creative interventions at correct prices, we suggest these places that make it worthwhile to take a stroll outside the center of the city.
Chef: Frane Serka
Address: Petrova 2
Must try: Wild boar stew with homemade gnocchi, Pate & marinated tuna platter
Situated in a small lane at just a few minutes distance from the marketplace and the port, this tavern is the ideal place for a lunch break if you are in a hurry to catch the ferry or you need a break during you visit of the city.
“We insist on domestic cuisine with some modern touches and offer fish steak, shells, truffle, venison, “pasticada”, lamb, but the favorite of modern guests are pulled pork and burgers,” –chef Serka revealed to us. He was the mentor of a great number of young cooks who are now managing restaurants throughout Dalmatia.
Chef: Toni Arneric
Address: Prilaz brace Kaliterna 6
Must try: Medium grilled tuna steak, original vegan dishes and desserts
‘Ma:Toni ‘is a popular place among the locals throughout the year and for the reason that in an attractive city such as Split quality and prices vary very often. Here one can eat well all year round and the best local foodstuff is mixed with the tastes of world cuisines, and the weekly menu always offers something new and interesting.
The wine prices in town, direct and friendly staff, and all that accompanied by the sounds of bossa nova, jazz and funk on loudspeakers – all that is Ma:Toni.
Chef: Duje Vrca
Address: Put Firula 17
Must try: homemade pasta macaroni from the island of Korcula with seashells, semi freddo
Those who follow trends in choosing restaurants will surely not encounter ‘Nevera’. But regardless of being avoided by Instagram stars, this place is a real jewel of Split hospitality for it has been offering high class local dishes for years.
Octopus stew or gnocchi stuffed with prosciutto and shrimp are some usual dishes of chef Vrca, and for those who love sweets we recommend not to avoid the restaurant’s chocolate cake.
The Adriatic Times