MICHELIN and HTZ presented Croatian gastronomy in Rome

Positioning and branding of both Croatia and our gastronomy. 

Author  HrTurizam Promo

12. May 2023.

An exclusive event was held yesterday at the Idylio by Apreda restaurant in the heart of Rome "4 hands dinner" dinner organized by MICHELIN, the most important and well-known global restaurant guide, and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ).

They were in charge of a superb food and wine experience Marija Curic, restaurant chef 360 in Dubrovnik and Francesco Apreda, restaurant chef Idylio by Apreda in Rome, both restaurants that proudly carry the prestigious MICHELIN star which is a guarantor of quality and dishes prepared from top ingredients. 

Although this is not the first such event organized in cooperation with MICHELIN, it is extremely important for the positioning and branding of both Croatia and our gastronomy. 

"The presentation of Croatian gastronomy in the center of Rome and in one of the most famous Roman restaurants means a lot for the promotion and visibility of Croatia on the Italian market. When we add to that the fact that the partner of this dinner is MICHELIN, then we can conclude that our gastronomy is highly appreciated in professional circles and among top connoisseurs of the culture of food preparation." she stated Viviana Vukelic, director of the HTZ Representative Office in Italy.  

Among the many guests who had the opportunity to enjoy the richness of smells and tastes, i.e. in the presentation of diverse Croatian and Italian eno-gastronomy, stand out partners and representatives of the Italian tourism sector, representatives of the media, as well as popular bloggers and influencers specialized in travel and gastronomy, according to HTZ.

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Thus, among the guests were Ivana Jelinić, director of the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT),  Honored Alexander, Head of Tourism, Events and Sports of the City of Rome, Giuseppe de Martino, director of the hotel St. Regis Roma, who is also one of the most famous managers of luxury hotels in the whole of Italy, and representatives of the airline were present Vueling, shipowner DREAM and many others. 

"I am honored that I had the opportunity to promote Croatian gastronomy in Italy, and it was a special privilege that we did it in such a beautiful place and in the company of top gastronomy connoisseurs", said the Croatian chef Marija Curic, who on this occasion, among other things, prepared extra scones as an appetizer, mackerel that was the basis of the main course, while for dessert he prepared grapefruit pannacotta with peanuts and passion fruit ice cream. 

"It is with great pleasure that we highlight the culinary wonders of Croatia, as confirmed by our well-known inspectors, who year after year are amazed by the dedication of local chefs, who strive for high-quality food preparation. Croatia can be very proud of its culinary heritage, which definitely ranks it among quality food and wine destinations and gems that we bring closer to our community of international gourmets and travelers.", they reported from of the MICHELIN guide. 


Italian dishes were also on the menu chef Francesca Apreda who prepared quail egg tempura and crispy mussels for the appetizer, while for the main course he used oysters, sea urchin and cuttlefish. "Jif I am glad that I had the opportunity to host chef Marijo Jurić from 360 Dubrovnik right here in Rome. It is always very enriching to invite an international chef to my kitchen, because this way we can discover new techniques and ways of using ingredients", concluded the chef Dress up 

We remind you that he is currently in Croatia 10 restaurants with one MICHELIN star, as well as two restaurants with a green MICHELIN star, while 12 restaurants carry the Bib Gourmand label. The number of MICHELIN restaurants has been steadily increasing since 2017, when the first restaurant received its star, and we hope that this positive trend will continue in the future.

Photo: HTZ

Author  HrTurizam Promo

12. May 2023.