Traditional Dalmatian Cuisine

The Mediterranean diet is among the healthiest in the world. Not surprisingly so, since it involves a lot of fish, vegetables, olive oil etc. And healthy does not mean ‘yuck!’ in this case. Dalmatian cuisine includes the best of the Mediterranean way of cooking, but it also incorporates elements from the Dalmatian hinterland and Croatia in general. It’s all about indulging in excellent food moderately, according to the carpe diem (‘seize the day’) way of life.

Peka is a famous Dalmatian dish of vegetables and meat or seafood—lamb and octopus are favorites. Ingredients are placed in a covered pan and roasted in the embers of an open fire. This traditional method of cooking is referred to as cripnja (“under the bell”) because the pan’s lid is often bell-shaped.