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“Hands down one of the best meals of my life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Toncic

Toncic
Cabarnica 42 | Zrenj, Oprtalj, Croatia
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Oprtalj
Cuisines: Croatian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Hands down one of the best meals of my life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Prior to my trip to Croatia in May, I stumbled upon a blog post raving about the wonderful food at Agroturizam Toncic and the kind family who owns it. That could not be more true. Although it is difficult to get to (especially without GPS!), it is extremely well worth the journey through the hills of Istria. I don't normally write TripAdvisor reviews, however I had to for this place. It was one of the highlights of our vacation, and I would HIGHLY recommend a visit here to anyone who comes to Istria (you'd be silly not to!). It is the perfect example of true Istrian cuisine and culture.

A small farmhouse restaurant, Agroturizam Toncic is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. That is when they cook their harvests from their farm from the week. The food is insanely delicious--all fresh and homemade.

We arrived around 5pm on a Sunday, to find ourselves the only non-family diners at the restaurant (at the time there was a big First Communion party going on inside). The owner and his wife were so welcoming, and they sat us at a beautiful table outside where we overlooked the farm and the cute town of Oprtalj. There is no menu, but instead the owner brings out course after course of delicious meals--scrambled farm-eggs with asparagus and shaved truffle, meat and cheese plates, fresh bread, handmade pasta with prosciutto, truffle, and veal ragu, ravioli with homemade pesto, gnocchi with braised short rib, etc. This is all complimented by incredible house wine, carafes of both white and red to compliment the meal. We finished the meal with pastries, cappuccinos, and honey grappa, and spent time talking with the owner and his family, visiting his aging room where he prepares his prosciutto and other meats, and playing games with his sweet children. It was the perfect end to a beautiful day in the Istrian hills!

Again, I can't recommend Agroturizam Toncic enough. A must-do when in Istria!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Munich, Germany
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“The best place to celebrate friendship!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Croatian kitchen at its best, served by professional, qualified and - best of all - friendly personnel. Tasty omelette with wild asparagus, truffles pasta and an exquisite house wine! Count the surroundings, the natural environment and take your best friends on a week-end! You won't regret it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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