‘Under the Arch’, by the old city gate, serves a selection of honest, regional fare, including truffles, and can always be relied upon to have a fire blazing in winter and terrace seating in summer. Pod Voltom serves some of the best meat in Istria with dishes that have made many a visitor sigh with contentment.
The Motovun forest is packed with truffles, early each morning in season the men and their dogs go searching. The black variety is found in Spring, whilst the even more highly-prized white is Autumnal. Local restaurants are one of the best, and most affordable, ways of getting your truffle fix. Konoba Dolina is a great locals’ place whereas Zigante is white-glove formal – both are at the bottom of Motovun hill in Livade. In the hilltop town Pod Voltom does great meat.