Overlooking bobbing catamarans and Sv Nikola island beyond, Divino is where diners are happy to pay that little bit more for that significant extra quality. Here the fillet of sea bass is stuffed with scampi and truffle mousse, the salmon is sprinkled with mustard seeds and the lobster is baked in Mediterranean herbs… and the duck breast comes with a Cointreau sauce, the foie gras is served with strawberry and red pepper, and prunes and bacon accompany the pork fillet. For all that, Divino is far from snobby, a children’s menu for ‘little gourmands’ including spaghetti pomodoro – with fresh tomatoes, of course. Presentation is exquisite, service fitting with the surroundings.
Halfway between Rovinj and Novigrad on Istria’s busy west coast, Poreč has long been given over to tourism, even before Croatia’s current boom. This doesn’t mean that this former Roman colony doesn’t have a history. Known to Italians – and the rest of the world until 1947 – as Parenzo, Poreč contains the Euphrasian Basilica, a 6th-century wonder of Byzantine architecture. The once uniform hotel stock has improved no end, though tourists strolling along focal historic Decumanus will still be pestered by restaurant barkers.
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