It is highly unlikely that you will reach San Mauro by accident or en route to somewhere. A trip to San Mauro is a small mission in itself. However, if you are headed towards Kozlovic or Kabola wineries, or you happen to be somewhere in Buje region, we recommend you take that extra effort and additional kilometers and go to San Mauro, despite the fantastic restaurants in the surrounding area. The climb on the hill towards Momjan is very interesting, and when it is not raining (like in our case) the views are magnificent. However, it is more important what you will find there, and that certainly is not “just another Istrian agrotourism”.
You have probably heard about family Sinkovic at Vinistra, where their wines regularly win a few interesting awards. You can check their wines and brandies in the cellar that is located next to the restaurant. En route from the cellar to the restaurant, you will probably come across the two huge black pigs that are used to camera flashes and enthusiastic (or frightened) howls. These pigs are truffle hunters, of course, and the bigger expert of the two is the bigger one called Jack, whose fame reaches even Japan (you will see that if you browse through the rich archive of international magazines in the restaurant itself).
The thing that really interests us is its menu. All the items on it are home grown. This restaurant has the necessary certificates for preparing the meat of Istrian beef, and in San Mauro they really know how to use it best. The first thing you need to try is the nice and tasty finger food that depends on the season – asparagus, mushrooms, truffles with cottage cheese and olive oil. As far as bread is concerned, you can choose from the one home-made and the one purchased in the store, something that is also stated in the menu and which we find very commendable. The starters also include home-made sausage, smoked ham, bacon and pork loin, or several kinds of cheese. Soups and stews also depend on the season, and you won’t go wrong, no matter which one you choose (asparagus, spring vegetables, corn, jota!). As far as pasta is concerned, apart from the usual combinations, Ms. Sinkovic makes in her kitchen home-made ravioli, filled with various local delicacies (mushrooms, asparagus, truffles, cheese, boskarin beef…).
From the meat dishes, we recommend everything with boskarin beef, because the kitchen treats it with great attention, so the result is always special, delicious and original. This is no mass production; every piece of meat is treated with a meticulous approach. Side dishes and salads are home-made, tasty, fresh, and if you like pickled vegetables, you will be able to find something from their winter food store. The dessert situation is more than nice, so depending on the season, you will be able to enjoy fruit krostati or strudel, or various chocolate combinations they like to combine with foam made of their own Muscat. They also offer home-made jams and juices made of mint, carrot and beetroot, as well a whole series of interesting brandies. The house special is black coffee with olive oil, which will surely be quite a new experience.
All in all, you can spend an entire day with Sinkovic family sampling what they have to offer, and if you overdo it, you can also spend the night with them. When you check out what they offer for breakfast, it might just seem like a good idea.
unusual but tasty Istrian home-cooking at a high culinary level
San Mauro 157
+385 (0)52 779 033
Winter: Monday through Friday: announcements in advance only, Saturday and Sunday: noon to midnight
Summer: (July and August): Monday through Friday: 5pm to 10om, Saturday and Sunday: noon to 10pm
Istrian home cooking and wines