One of the most popular meals in Croatia’s Dalmatia region is 'peka.' It's a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome. You’ll see it listed on menus throughout the region, and if you are lucky enough to be invited into the home of a Dalmatian family, it’s likely that you’ll feast upon it for dinner. It is traditional for Dalmatians to cook peka in their fireplaces at home. Many Croatian families, especially those in the countryside, even have a special oven outdoors for cooking.
During our seven-week sojourn in the delightful seaside town of Trogir, we stayed in a holiday studio apartment above the Pizzeria Mirkec, which many locals regularly referred to as “the best pizzeria in town.”
Whenever we left our second-floor studio apartment, our olfactory glands were hit with a blend of mouth-watering aromas emanating from the pizzeria. Since I am a gluten-free diner, I did not get to feast upon the pizza or pasta (which my husband still raves about) but one afternoon we did get to enjoy the peka. Since it was a relatively quiet early spring day, the staff even showed us how to put together a mouth-watering peka. Lucky for me, it was naturally gluten-free too. Simply put, it was divine!
Our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lil-SbNMBBQ