As soon as the city asphalt gets scorching hot, Zagreb residents traditionally go to terraces shaded by treetops to seek refuge. The old walnut tree in the restaurant’s courtyard has been tirelessly protecting local visitors from the heat. Tourists, who are just discovering the intricacies of Croatian cuisine, are becoming a more common sight. The atmosphere created by the rustic wooden furniture intertwined with a lush garden is almost unbelievable. It’s as if the countryside idyll provided by Zvonce deflects the noise coming from congested roads.
Numerous waiters who put every guest’s with first skilfully traverse the multitude of tables. The menus’ style and content ooze tradition. They contain Croatian specialties from all regions.
Peka is one of the dishes that is inexorably linked with Croatian culinary traditions. The large bell-shaped lid covered in ember was a place where friends and family would meat to have some wine and enjoy the aroma of simmering meat and vegetables as if heralding a delicious feast. While veal, lamb or pork are sizzling in their own juices, we recommend that guests have a little snack and have Tiblica meat (salty meat). This Međimurje masterpiece is made from better quality fresh pork. The meat is salted, smoked, boiled or roasted and then kept in salty lard for up to several weeks. Meat is served with aromatic lard, homemade cheese and cream and pickled hot peppers.
It’s easy to overdo it when you get your hands on warm and tender scones, but it pays off to stop because this is followed by ample portions that will satisfy anybody’s appetite. The moment you step inside you’ll know that their grill is great just by the smell of it. Grilled dishes are commonly ordered by their faithful guests. But Zvonce is a place frequented if you’d like to have squid, cod or octopus baked under peka, especially on Fridays when religious people steer clear of meat. If there’s place left for dessert, this restaurant has a solution for those who prefer cheese to cakes. Štrukli with cheese are a prime example of the art of stretching homemade crust and preparing stuffing. This aromatic and juicy pie is a piece of Croatian gastronomy that’s definitely worth taking home with you.
Author of photography: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL
Contact number: 01/6198-473
Working hours: Monday - Sunday: o10:00-00:00h
Region: City of Zagreb
Address: 12. Vrbik 1; 10 000 Zagreb
Price range: 200-300kn