Photo courtesy of Pet Bunara
On the edge of Zadar’s historic quarter, steps from Pet Bunara Square, this Slow Food–inspired restaurant invites you to linger and enjoy your meal. Sit inside the exposed-stone dining room or out on a terrace fringed with olive trees. The menu highlights updated traditional Dalmatian dishes, prepared with local, mostly organic, ingredients. All the breads, pastas, and gnocchi are made on the premises. Try orzotto, a pearl-barley stew with smoked mussels, or the excellent octopus salad. For those with a sweet tooth, the fig cakes are divine.
By Anja Mutic, AFAR Local Expert
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Located off Pet Bunara Square in an unassuming locale, this restaurant puts an emphasis on local ingredients. Bread and pasta are homemade, and the ingredients in dishes like the stuffed cuttlefish are always fresh. Regulars recommend not skipping dessert; the cakes are practically local legends—choose from chocolate, fig, pistachio and other options, including gluten-free ones. The restaurant prides itself on its "slow food" style, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the Dalmatian specialties in a leisurely fashion.