Damir & Ornella

Michelin recommendation
Gault&Millau Croatia

Ornela Beletić
Price range:

This tiny, cosy and pleasantly illuminated place is located about one hundred metres from the coast and even less from the city centre. The background is permeated by the unobtrusive sound of klapa music (klapa music is a form of traditional a cappella singing in Dalmatia ), as well as a mantel piece which is out of use because there are so many fresh dishes they’re saving it for another occasion. Stone details prevail, everything is casual and inconspicuous. This is a dogs/pet friendly restaurant. The view of antique commodes and modern painting is interrupted by the arrival of trolleys used to make some of the renowned starters before your eyes.

The entire concept is based on the legendary fishermen of Novigrad who bring in their daily catch from the nearby city harbour. After that the fish, cephalopods and shellfish are quickly cleaned and processed depending on the season. Then you can just sit back and enjoy watching as your sea bass, Adriatic squid and crab carpaccio is being prepared... Of course, you have raw shrimp which have been drizzled with Belić olive oil with the scallops being the first thermally processed ingredient.

Ingredients are seasonally adjusted at Damir and Ornella so you can run into fresh local and aromatic asparagus in March. In addition to raw and baked seafood (e.g. baked scallops), you can choose from a number of light and tender risottos, pasta, gnocchi... The staff recommended a wine from the wide array of Istrian malvasia, so we relished the superb and reliable Radovan.
And to finish things off you can have several Italian desserts, but that’s what Damir and Ornella is all about - getting that Italian vibe. Their orange and chocolate cake definitely does the trick. Novigrad is definitely the place be so be sure to visit northwestern Istria!

Author of photography: Duško Marušić/PIXSELL

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Contact number: 052/758-134

Web: www.damir-ornella.com/damir-i-ornella.html

E-mail: cittanova@inet.hr

Working hours: Summer time: Tuesday-Sunday 12: 00-15: 30; 19: 30-23: 00
Winter Time: Tuesdays-Sundays 12: 00-15: 30; 18: 30-22: 00
During February and November the restaurant is closed.

Region: Istria

Address: Zidine 5; 52 466 Cittanova

Capacity: 22

Price range: more than 300kn

Restaurant description:

Novigrad, which is located in northwestern Istria, has lately built a reputation as one of the best gourmet places in Croatia judging by the number of restaurants per capita. You take a stroll, look around the old narrow streets, have a rest in the beautiful small park and then you just have to get something to eat. Since this is no trouble here, Damir and Ornella is the logical spot if you’re into fresh seafood specialties.
Damir & Ornella Restaurant serve dishes exclusively in courses with the prices set for the entire menu, while the dishes are modified depending on the daily catch.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommended by Michelin guide 2018.
The recognition Damir & Ornella received last year when it was included in the 1000 best restaurants in the world by La Liste at an event held in Paris deserves to be mentioned. It was ranked 618 on this prestigious list that was made by compiling results from more than 200 national guides and publications such as Gault Milleau, Michelin, Dining Out, Time Out Food & Drink Awards Gourmet Traveler, NY Times, Feinschmecker, 50 best…
Seasonal menu