Very traditional: including the fact that lunch isn't served until 2 p.m.., bit it's worth the waiting for. Its signature dish is Manestra, which is a hearty soup of vegetables, pulses and pasta. This is worth knowing, since most restaurants don't serve it during the summer (Istrians are pretty austere about seasons.) It's excellent, and the Marino serves it in a generous tureen. They've also won prizes for it! Its inland food - pasta with game sauce, terrific home made sausages with sauteed potatoes or sauerkraut if you want. Excellent local wine. Price is ridiculous: lunch for two about £14 with tip....and you get a complimentary dessert of fritule and krostulje (little doughnuts and deep fried pastries, freshly made in house.) The service is homely and very kind. I happened not to be feeling well that day and the waitress assured me that if I just wanted the soup that was fine; then she brought me a plate so that if I felt like it I could also pick at my husband's generous platter of sausage and accompaniments - which I did.
Gracisce is a wonderful place to visit including houses from the 15C, in a stunningly beautiful part of central Istria. The other reason why the Konoba Marino is important is that it is very difficult to find anywhere else to eat in the region: even Pazin, a large town by Istrian standards, is very short of restaurants, and other small hill towns such as Pican haven't as much as a cafe.
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