ZAGREB, 7 September 2021 – Michelin has awarded three more restaurants in Croatia with prestigious Michelin stars.
Nebo in Rijeka, which is part of the new Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach Resort & Spa, Alfred Keller in Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj and Agli Amici in Rovinj were each awarded one Michelin star on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Pelegrini in Šibenik, 360º in Dubrovnik, Monte in Rovinj, Noel in Zagreb, Draga di Lovrana in Lovran, Boškinac in Novalja and LD Terrace on the island of Korčula all kept their stars.
“For the entire Croatian gastronomic scene, the awarding of the prestigious Michelin labels in the circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic is an exceptional success. This is very important for Croatian tourism because our country now has a total of 10 restaurants with a Michelin star, and a total of 79 restaurants with some of the labels of this prestigious gastronomic guide. This is a confirmation of the quality of Croatian gastronomy, our overall tourist offer in this segment, which is one of the main motives for coming for many travel enthusiasts around the world. The presence of our country in Michelin guides represents for us additional promotion and visibility, but also motivation in our efforts to make Croatia a prominent and internationally recognised eno-gastronomic destination,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, congratulating all the awarded and selected restaurants .
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“Croatia is a particularly interesting destination that allows travellers and gourmets to enjoy authentic and diverse gastronomic experiences. The country offers local chefs local products of exceptional quality, which makes them surpass themselves day by day,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of Michelin. “The last few months have been difficult for your country, not only because of the health crisis, but also because of the earthquake. Despite all the challenges, the Croatian culinary scene is growing, especially on the coast and in the capital. Our inspectors were able to find professionals who are passionate and committed to their country,” Poullennec added.
In addition to the above, the list of Bib Gourmand includes seven more restaurants – Konoba Mate (Pupnat, Korčula), Dunav (Ilok), Konoba Fetivi (Split), Izakaya by Time (Zagreb), Vuglec Breg (Krapina), Konoba Malo Selo (Buje) and Alla Beccaccia (Valbandon). Thus, Croatia today boasts a total of 13 restaurants with this Michelin label, which is awarded to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices.
“Enjoying food and drink is one of the most important parts of the tourist experience, and Croatia, as a country of extremely diverse gastronomy and rich gastronomic tradition, which is also on the lists of intangible cultural heritage, must systematically invest in its promotion and development in the future. Numerous awards from world-famous guides, such as Michelin, are a great recognition for all those who continuously work on improving the quality of preparation, presentation and the creation of the entire gastronomic experience. In the years ahead, we want to position Croatia as a new gastronomic icon of Europe through a system of entrepreneurial and stimulating management of local products, which reflect the authenticity of regional gastronomic identities and foods as well as through the interpretation of tradition through an innovative and sustainable approach. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will address this important topic through the Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Tourism until 2030,” concluded Croatia’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.
The new edition of the Michelin guide for Croatia for 2021 includes the new Michelin Green Star label, which has been awarded to Zinfandel’s restaurant in Zagreb. It is a label awarded to restaurants that are especially dedicated to gastronomy that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The new labels are the result of a secret tour of Croatian restaurants by Michelin’s professional inspectors, the globally most important and most recognised guide for restaurants.