01.03.2018. | Gastro
Šibenik’s famous restaurant Pelegrini
and Dubrovnik’s 360°
are the newest restaurants in the country to be awarded one Michelin star
, while 24 new Croatian restaurants have been recommended with the Michelin "spoon and fork"
rating, Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) announced.
This is the result of a tour by professional Michelin inspectors who visited restaurants throughout the country in 2017, said HTZ in the press release. A new guide to Croatia has been published on Michelin's site, the world's most significant and prestigious restaurant guide.
“Croatia is on the gastronomic chart of the world, which we certainly deserve. The new Michelin stars and recommendations of Croatian restaurants are proof that our gastronomic scene meets very demanding international quality criteria. Michelin is a worldwide synonym for excellence in gastronomy, and its labels offer great promotional potential that the destination of the
chosen restaurants has entered the exclusive circle of the best restaurants in the world, and can be valued,” said HTZ director Kristijan Staničić
“The Croatian National Tourist Board will continue to carry out numerous activities with the aim of positioning our country as an attractive tourist destination with a rich gastronomic offer. I would like to express my sincere congratulations to all the restaurants, especially the owners and staff of the Pelegrini restaurant, 360° and Monte, whose efforts and creativity have been recognized by Michelin’s inspectors," Staničić has concluded.
With this year's selection, Croatia has three Michelin starred restaurants and 55 restaurants with Michelin recommendations. This year also Michelin awarded Bib Gourmand label
for the first time which was given to four restaurants in Croatia: Konoba Mate (Korčula), Danube (Ilok), Vuglec Breg (Krapina) and Konoba Fetivi (Split). Bib Gourmand is a label awarded to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices.
This year Michelin's map included new Croatian destinations like Šibenik, Split, Ilok, Korčula, Krapina, Lovran, Osijek, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Zadar and others which is a significant improvement compared to last year announcement when only Istria, Zagreb and Dubrovnik were selected in Michelin's map causing numerous criticisms.
HTZ's listing of new restaurants in Michelin's selection is assessed by a strong incentive for further continuous improvement of the local gastronomic scene, but also by the tremendous global promotion of Croatia as a top gourmet destination.