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Hvar, Croatia Cuisine | Where to Eat

Popular Local Cuisine: Croatian cuisine is strongly influenced by Italian cooking, so pasta and pizza are readily available at local restaurants for those who want something familiar. The local variations are worth trying. One iconic local dish is the black risotto with cuttlefish (a smaller cousin to the squid), which along with a salad, makes a great healthy meal. Pasticada is a meat stew served with gnocchi (hand-made potato and flour pasta). A street food you will encounter is Cevapcici, an imported Bosnian dish adapted from Turkish cuisine which is ground meat (usually lamb) shaped like a stick, grilled, and served with fries. If you try a sit-down restaurant, you may want to try the local ham called prsut as an appetizer, followed by grilled fish, which is certainly the staple of many Dubrovnik restaurants. Keep in mind that the fishing limitations of the Mediterranean area have made fish (but not most shellfish) pricey. Another traditional option is food cooked "under the bell." This traditional cooking method involves enclosing a meal which might include meat, vegetables, and even bread under a metal bell and placing the bell under glowing coals to cook. This time-intensive method produces succulent options. Some walk-in restaurants may offer these dishes, but the best will require notice to prepare them. The most famous dessert is called Dubrovnik Rozata, which is similar to caramel-topped flan custard.

Croatian wines are rarely exported…not because they are not good, but rather because the locals do not want to let go of a good thing. Enjoy them while you can. Hvar Island produces some of Croatia's best sweet wines, including sparkling wines. They also produce a renowned red wine from the Plavac-Mali grape.

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Cruise lines that visit Hvar: Star Clippers, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea

Key Attractions: St. Stephens Cathedral, St. Stephens Square, Spanish Fortress, Arsenal, Franciscan Monastery, Pakleni Islands, Zlatni Rat Beach (Brac), St. Clement Island, Blue Cave, Marinkovac Island, Stari Grad, Stari Grad Plain, Jelsa, Vrboska, Vrisnik, Humac, Brusje, Milna, sea kayaking, biking, hiking, Historic Split, Diocletian's Palace,

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Photo of Hvar's famous Plavac red wine by Sl-Ziga