When you think of Novi Zagreb district, can you think of any restaurant where you’d want to have lunch or dinner, without thinking of local snack bar or kebab restaurant? You probably can’t (OK, except for Didov san). All this shopping and culture makes a man hungry quite easily. Luckily, you can finally feed this hunger somewhere. And you will probably never have to choose among the poor offer in Avenue Mall.
Il secondo is supposed to break the barrier of the non-existent restaurant scene in Novi Zagreb. And it does it rather successfully. This restaurant and Boban restaurant have the same owners, but don’t expect another Boban, especially as far as décor is concerned. As far as food is concerned, some of the menu was literally copied into the new restaurant, but there are some new things. The selection of dishes is rather abundant, and majority of dishes is closely related to the Italian cuisine, so it is rather consistent. The thing we can point out in the selection of home-made pasta, with more or less standard ingredients, are home-made black or green gnocchi, black fettuccini, gnudi.
Il secondo also makes home-made ciabattas and rosemary focaccia. Most of the pastas are in the price range between HRK 40 and 70. Such high prices are caused by the fact that the restaurant uses better quality, fresh ingredients in its dishes. Among the highlights of the meat selection, we recommend grilled horse meat as well as Maturo, the aged rump steak. Compared to Boban, this place has made a step forward in terms of the menu, raising the bar. As far as the interior decoration is concerned, it is more modern and elegant than Boban.
The interior is huge and spacious. The large glass walls make it even bigger visually, and so do the long counter and the see through wine fridge behind it. The décor mixes modern furniture elements with elements of wood, brick and warm wallpaper samples. A small corner of the restaurant is dedicated for the youngest customers. There is also a physically separated area for private events for up to 30 people. The wine list is extensive, with particularly indicated wines that are poured by the glass. The selection of the most important Croatian wines is complemented with a few Italian and New World wines. The prices are decent, and the house wines are made by Degrassi winery.
Therefore, the food is delicious, the atmosphere pleasant and the waiters friendly and helpful. You can go to this restaurant for a casual lunch/dinner or for a bigger or smaller celebration. You can also order food by phone and pick it up yourself. All in all, this is a welcome refreshment in Novi Zagreb.
pleasant space, delicious Italian food
Avenija Dubrovnik 12, Zagreb
+385 (0)1 6586 609
8 am until midnight
90 people + 30 in the additional dining area, 20 on the (future) terrace