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Enjoy life like an Istrian

Cooking Classes

LEARN HOW TO PREPARE ISTRIAN DISHES, TRADITIONAL AND MODERN

Meet our hosts, people with deep understanding of Istrian food and wine. Stroll Pula’s green market or visit the local farmers to purchase the ingredients. Enjoy the homely atmosphere of our cooking studio, where we brunch, sip wine, prepare all the dishes from scratch and enjoy the fruits of our labour in the shade of olive trees. End it all chatting alongside some coffee or grappa, like Istrians do.

– the menus we offer are based on certain Istrian dishes, such as pasta and meat stew, or food items such as fish or truffles

– classes can be customised to your dietary habits – we can do vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, any food intolerance or allergy

FOR GROUPS OF 2-15 PEOPLE
AVERAGE CLASS DURATION: 9 AM – 4 PM

Some more details: The classes are held in Scuola, EatIstria’s cooking studio, with a maximum capacity of 15 people. Scuola is located in Goran’s olive grove, situated 15 minutes away from Pula by car. In case of bad weather or in cold months, the capacity is maximum 6 people.

The duration of the culinary workshops (including a visit to the Pula’s green market for sourcing groceries, the drive to the olive grove, a brunch, the workshop itself and lunch) is 7-8 hours. In the case of half-day classes, we skip the visit to the green market, we skip marenda so the program lasts for 3-4 hours.

All full-day classes include a welcome drink (sparkling wine or homemade grappa), and marenda, a light brunch, after the arrival to the olive grove (for example, prosciutto, cheese, olives, or baccala mantecato and salted anchovies).

Although we offer standardized programs, almost every workshop is slightly different than the others, as we adjust to the offer on the market on a given day, to seasonal groceries, and to customers’ desires. It is also possible to adjust the workshops to the guests’ dietary habits – from vegetarianism and veganism to certain intolerances, such as gluten or dairy. Certain workshops can be combined – for example, pasta making is not part of the fish class, but can be added with no extra charge. The dishes we prepare we normally eat at the table situated in the shade of the olive trees or of the pergola, unless the weather does not allow.

Čripnja / peka class

Čripnja / peka class

Čripnja and peka are perfect tool for open fire cooking. In this class we use one of them to prepare meat or seafood. We often combine this class with simple pasta making to keep the guests entertained while we wait for čripnja to be done.

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Full fish class

Full fish class

The dishes we’ll prepare in this class will reflect the seasonal best from Pula’s fish market that day. We’ll practice fish filleting, indispensable for preparation of raw fish dishes that Istrians became fond of in recent years.

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Pasta class

Pasta class

Our most popular full day class is focused on making traditional Istrian pasta – fuži, which we normally serve with Istrian žgvacet, slow cooked stew made from chicken or beef. That is not set in stone – fuži can be paired with vegetarian/vegan sauces.

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Bakalar na bijelo aka baccala’ mantecato

Bakalar na bijelo aka baccala’ mantecato

Istria was under the rule of Venice for many centuries. Thus, it’s no surprise there are many traditional Venetian dishes on the tables of our peninsula. The most famous one is bakalar na bijelo (baccalà mantecato), an unctuous dried cod paté that we will prepare from scratch and, as Istrian tradition demands, serve it with homemade posutice.

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