Ul. Petra Kružića 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
Photo by Jura Jug-Dujakovic
Villa SpizaAs the daughter of one of Croatia’s most legendary chefs, Ivana Gamulin felt inspired to follow in her late father’s footsteps and open a restaurant. The result is Villa Spiza, a countertop spot within the palace walls, where she and her sister serve up Dalmatian soul food made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu changes daily depending on what’s available at the market, but always features regional specialties like seafood ristotto, fried calamari, and just-caught fish. For its comforting fare and low-key vibe, the restaurant is beloved by everyone from bohemians and backpackers to tried-and-true locals—which is always a good sign with searching for somewhere to eat. Service is friendly but come prepared to wait; Villa Spiza doesn’t do fast food.