Our stay at Casa Sienna was outstanding.
Our stay at Casa Sienna was outstanding. The villa was stunning We really enjoyed day trips to Pula, Motovun and Rovinj. And, of course, the town of Buzet and the village of Sovinjak were both beautiful. But the two real highlights were the private chef that we arranged to come to the villa, and our visit to Restaurant Toklarija in the village next to Sovinjak. My wife and I consider ourselves foodies, and one of the things we absolutely love is unpretentious, traditional food that uses fresh local ingredients and is prepared with love and soul. Both experiences were absolutely wonderful. The chef came to our villa from the nearby village of Vrh, and prepared a fantastic meal consisting of local ham (proudly cut by hand, because, we were told, the machine ruins the taste), fresh truffles over homemade pasta, fresh homemade bread,local Istrian ox stewed in a clay pot with local vegetables, and olive oil chocolate cake. All of it was accompanied by wonderful homemade wines and freshly pressed olive oil. The food was amazing,but the experience of sitting out on the terrace in the evening made it even better.
Restaurant Toklarija was a similarly wonderful experience. The restaurant is literally less than a kilometer from the villa, so close you could possibly walk to it. The feel is so intimate, it feels like you've been invited to someone's house. We went for lunch, and spent a lazy afternoon sitting at a table in the tree-shaded back garden as course after course of delicious local Istrian dishes came out. All of it was paired with wonderful Istrian wines. Occasionally, the chef or an older woman who we guessed was probably his mother would come out, pour more wine chat for a while, and then head into the garden to pick more herbs or vegetables for the next course. We turned up at around noon, and it was around 4:30pm when we finally left. It was just a wonderful day relaxing and eating and enjoying the food, wine and culture of Istria.
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