Sime Pelajic, owner of the Santa Maria restaurant is some sort of a landmark in Vodice. This experience caterer has in the recent years made some advanced marketing moves, and knows how to create an attraction lure new customers. He kept numerous pets in his restaurants, like donkeys, roosters, and even a parrot – and was special in numerous ways.
Santa Maria offers the best of Mexican and Italian cuisine, excellent combinations of Mediterranean ingredients prepared using imaginative recipes. Tortillas, burritos and Carpaccio are full of taste, complemented by various salads and home-made bread. Pizza lovers will be thrilled with El Passo or Pueblo Mio pizza – original variations of this famous dish. Seafood delicacies are intertwined with tagliatelle and risottos, while various kinds of meat are combined with cheese and spices.
The original setting of this restaurant provides much more than a gastronomic experience. You have framed sailboats, candlesticks sticking out of antique dressers, ship lights hanging from the walls, clocks that were stopped long ago next to them, ancient frying pans and enameled dishes. The floors are covered in peanut shells, because while you wait to be served, you can eat some peanuts and drop shells on the floor.
During the recent visit to Vodice and this cult restaurant, we tried some excellent black risotto, paired with some high quality bottled Plavac wine. While we waited for the main course, we browsed numerous bizarre yet merry and original exhibits on the walls and enjoyed fine cheese and prosciutto. The staff is very professional and quick, and we will gladly visit the restaurant again if the road takes us to Vodice.
restaurant with a peculiar story and solid cuisine.
Pamukovic Kamila 9, Vodice
+385 (0)22 44 33 19
11am to midnight
50 people inside and 50 on the terrace
Mexican cuisine and pizza