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“Scampi risotto without scampi”
Review of Rivica

Rivica
Ranked #12 of 237 Restaurants in Krk Island
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Croatian, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The history of Rivica is a story of a generational devotion to hospitality and restaurant business. It is a story of passion, hard work, and persistence. At the same time, it is a story of the consistency of general values and changes that come with each new generation or a new period of time, that are reflected in the plates, in the glasses, and in the smiles of our guests. The story begins in 1934 with nona Mara and nono Ivo, when they decided to open a BED AND BREAKFAST in a small fishing village for elite guests from the former "k.U.K." (Kaiserlich und koniglich - Austro - Hungarian Monarchy) and provide them with a hedonistic experience of Kvarner and the Island of Krk, two destinations that they began to uncover and which attracted them with their exotic and untouched nature and climate balance. The story continues with father Ivica and mother Vera as the protagonists who, in the middle and second half of the previous century, brought the Rivica restaurant to the very top of the island and Kvarner and Croatian gastronomy. At that time, the current owner Drazen was being introduced into the world of gastronomy through a natural gravitation towards the family business and his love of the sommelier knowledge and skills as an initial push in that direction, which ignited the fuse to his gastronomic specificity. Today he and his wife, Nikolina, are the protagonists of the story with those same values that have been a part of the two previous generations, now in a more modern context and with the everlasting presence of Bodulij (the name of the Island of Krk in the Cakavian dialect) and Kvarner and with one eye set on the mountain Ucka that surrounds both the arriving guests and the kitchen, thus influencing the cuisine that became one of the main characteristics of the Croatian gastronomy. The cuisine still remains Mediterranean, but is first and foremost of Krk and Kvarner; at the same time it contains an air of the Monarchy and la cucina veneta as its essential cooking and serving guidelines. At the shaded terrace with a view of the small port, nona Mara's spirit is still present as a contemporary link between passion and dedication, as well as the spirit of gastronomy chosen primarily as a way of life, and secondly as a profession. Rivica... A small port of grand hedonism
Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Rivica restaurant once was synonymous for gastronomy, but today is only a shadow of that shine. I visited the restaurant Rivica after a few years ago and I remember a fantastic restaurant that remained was a top 20 restaurants in Croatia.
After free aperitifs of house, we ordered an appetizer: carpaccio of frogfish and tuna, octopus salad, salad of shells, salted and marinated anchovies. Served and homemade bread and a solid olive oil. Fish given to us from a very friendly waiter offered was medium quality and we opted for scampi risotto.
The risotto was correctly but it could not find the scampi. Risotto of 105 kn (15 €) with a pair of tiny shrimp was a disaster. For dessert we ordered and excellent rozata (cream caramel) but disappointment rest, because we are expecting a much better food.
Bill was reduced by 10% off but waiter charged 3 bottles of water, we have only one, but I think it's an mistake, so no hard feelings.

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Probably the best restaurant on the island. Located centrally on the shore in Njivice. Parking can be found in the neighborhood, easily within a 200y radius. Excellent fish, the very best scampi money can buy, fresh from Kvarner bay. Do not expect creativity, imagination, experimental cuisine. This is the traditional no-nonsense Croatian sea restaurant at its finest. Very acceptable choice of wines to match their food, mostly of local and Istrian origin, with a number of recognized foreign labels. 13+ out of 20 for the culinary effort. Definitely not cheap (70 EUR per kilo of scampi), highly recommended for a relaxed, long summer dinner on a special day. Unlike nearly all other island restaurants, this one is for the gourmet rather than the average tourist.

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