Tavern Pece

Eduard Gregurić (Edi)
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Tavern Pece is a family business based on quality, freshly caught and grown local ingredients. The menu is small, but it contains so many local specialties that you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order. When it comes to numerous interesting appetizers such as Vinjerac-style octopus, homemade prosciutto and cheese, several kinds of risottos and pasta, we opted for fresh Adriatic prawns or as they’re known locally – gambori.

Caught in the Pag channel, they’re prepared in a special homemade honey and mustard-based sauce in a wonderful combination with a glass of white wine. The house wines originate from vineyards in Pristeg and Nadin, which are just about twenty kilometres away. The white wine is a Maraština and Debit coupage, while the red one is Merlot.

The restaurant’s philosophy boils down to preparing the dish as simple as possible and trying to obtain the best possible ingredients regardless of whether they get dill or marjoram in the garden behind the house, urchins from the sea, cheeses from Pag or cuttlefish all the way from Istria. Cuttlefish stuffed with cheese and pancetta with tomato, lettuce, capers, aster fruit, dill, black and white basil, rucola and endive salad was the evening’s smash hit. Crispy yet not burnt, perfectly done, tender on the inside, full of love and the sea, they were perfect to top off our dinner overlooking the sleeping town accompanied with the pleasant sounds of Dalmatian music in a garden that inspires awe.

At Tavern Pece you can have fresh Adriatic fish, mostly John Dory and scorpion fish. Apart from the cuttlefish, you also have several renditions of octopus and calamari. Mear is offered much less here and you can choose from assorted meat, veal cutlets and Dalmatian pašticada with gnocchi, but seafood definitely dominates the menu. Everything here is somehow different, yet still very simple. The point is to offer guests something they’d expect, but also to surprise them. A new menu is created every year so creativity is number one, which was evidenced by the dessert, caramelised figs cooked in three kinds of rakia and prosecco.

Last but not least, wild yet sophisticated, surprisingly tasty and cheerful, just like the unusual head chef and tavern owner who you just have to meet in order to completely enjoy this phenomenal traditional place. Hats off to them, we’d be more than happy to come back.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 023/275-069, 098/331-403


Working hours: MON - SUN: 16:00 - 00:00

Region: Dalmatia-Zadar

Address: Prilaz Drage 2, Vinjerac

Capacity: 145

Price range: more than 300kn

Restaurant description:

Just a half-hour drive away from Zadar, in the vicinity of the sea and boasting a view of the picturesque small town of Vinjerac is where you’ll find a stunning stone edifice where tavern Pece is situated in. Carefully selected and meticulously piled stones make a great edifice with terraces and maze gardens and you really have to appreciate the arduous work that resulted in the phenomenal atmosphere we can enjoy today. A terrace section under a vine canopy is an additional bonus where you’ll really get the impression of being in an old tavern of days long gone.
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