Deeply Rooted to the Land & Sea
Located on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian coast in the ancient city of Split, Villa Spiza is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire world. With wooden beams and exposed stone walls, it’s a cozy pint-size neighborhood taverna within the palace walls that holds only a handful of guests at a time. Almost every ingredient used to prepare the daily changing menu is collected that morning from the sea and hills outside of town. Foraged wild purple asparagus is prepared with shrimp, local olive oil, white wine, homemade shrimp stock and pasta. Chef Ivana Gamulin poaches fresh calves’ brains then deep fries them for a mild, delicate and delicious dish. On any given day you might find squid ink risotto, schnitzel, sweetbreads, grilled anchovies, or calamari on the chalkboard menu—and it’ll all be affordable, fresh and deeply rooted to the surrounding land and sea. From the impeccable ingredients and perfectly prepared food to the friendly atmosphere and the vinyl soundtrack, do not miss this restaurant while visiting Split.
21000, Split, Croatia
+385 91 152 1249