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Agritourism “Tončić” Zrenj: home-produced ingredients and white truffles pasta

by Gogo on March 19, 2010

in Restaurants

As you could read in my previous post, already arriving to Zrenj is an exciting and beautiful adventure. Beware, it is so easy to get lost on the road (I adore that feeling).

The view on the border with Slovenia

The view on Ćićarija

Here we are, in front of Agritourism “Tončić” owned by Orjeta and Sandro Tončić. As you enter inside the old stone house a warm, rural home atmosphere puts you in the good mood. The interior is decorated in a simple rustic style, with a big fireplace that will warm you up in winter time, and today it was packed with families having Sunday lunch. The atmosphere is very international, as I pass near the tables I hear Italian, Slovenian and even German – it seems the word-of-mouth has spread over the borders. We choose a table on the terrace with outstanding view on Ćićarija mountains.
Ambient 9/10

Homemade bread

Homemade bread

The white bread we got was obviously homemade, soft as a cake. Probably they make it in wood fired oven since it had a subtle smoky aroma. Absolutely delicious, this could be my lunch today. Red house wine, probably made from Teran grapes, is of decent quality, powerful, fruity and with a strong acidic backbone, great with meat dishes. Malvazija, white house wine, is less appealing. The olive oil on the table didn’t excite me too much but the wine vinegar was a delight – very strong and homemade, your nose tells you “hey, it’s not come chemical stuff, it’s made from real wine!”.
Details 9/10

Istrian pršut, pancetta, fresh and matured sheep cheese

Istrian pršut, pancetta, fresh and matured sheep cheese

Homemade charcuterie and sheep cheese
If you want to try how the real Istrian pršut (prosciutto, air-dried ham) should taste like, come here. I am quite sure this divine stuff was made from a pig that was raised here in Zrenj. It has a nice pepper crust, tender and humid inside, sweet and gentle taste. The pancetta is also a dream, its fat is melting in the mouth like butter, you feel the Mediterranean herbs aroma while you swallow. Last delight – fresh and matured sheep cheese.
Price 105 kuna (14.30 eur) Score 10/10

Now, the highlight of the lunch. Meet his majesty – the white truffle of Istria (here is how the proud of Istrian gastronomy looks like).

White truffles fuži

White truffles fuži

White truffles fuži
Fuži, this beloved Istrian pasta in a form of rolled tube, was made to perfection – large pieces, made of thick pasta sheets so that they remain al dente (like in Vela Nera, but here they taste even better). On top they added just a bit of butter and grated plenty of white truffle on top. There was no cream or, for God’s Sake, grated Parmiggiano cheese – this is a clear sign somebody wants to save on truffles. No, at Tončić’s you get only this precious mushroom on freshly cooked pasta. Divine!
Price 150 kuna (20.50 eur) Score 10/10

Black truffles fuži

Black truffles fuži

Black truffles fuži
As good as the previous dish, only the aroma is less stronger. It was made with black truffle, a less precious kind in truffle family, that can be cooked (the white ones are exclusively used raw). Too bad the chef didn’t simmer them a bit to extract more aroma and taste. But I admit, for non-connoisseurs it is hard to notice any difference and the price is very attractive.
Price 80 kuna (11 eur) Score 9/10

Fuži with chicken ragu

Fuži with chicken ragu

Fuži with chicken ragu
Nothing to complain, excellent fuži, mothwatering ragu made from chickens raised in the chicken coop we saw in front of the house. Good tomatoes inside, few aromatic herbs inside, impressive in its simplicity. Very good price and copious portion.
Price 45 kuna (6.10 eur) Score 9/10

Locally grown salad with homemade wine vinegar

Locally grown salad with homemade wine vinegar

Mixed salad
It is easy to detect this salad and tomatoes were not bought in the supermarket but picked up in the garden this morning. Again, very good wine vinegar inside.
Price 15 kuna (2 eur) Score 9/10

Sponge apple cake

Sponge apple cake

Sponge apple cake
A rustic cake that every housewife in Istria knows to prepare. Dry outside, soft sponge doe (pan di spagna) hides juicy apples inside.
Price 30 kuna (4.10 eur) (for 3 persons) Score 8.5/10

At Tončić’s the ingredients are local and that can be felt in every single dish we tasted. They were prepared with care, respecting the traditional way of (slow) cooking. Here, with such superb ingredients, creativity in the kitchen would only ruin their unique taste and aroma. A bit of work on the wine quality would bring the overall impression to perfection. Looking forward to eat here again.

Price 477 kn (65.30 eur) for 3 persons

Overall 9.2/10

Agroturizam “Tončić”
Čabarnica 42, Zrenj
phone +385 52 644 146


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Psiholog online October 9, 2011 at 09:44

Sve izgleda veoma ukusno

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fatima cristina tonsig May 15, 2012 at 00:01

que lugar maravilhoso,aconchegante!!!

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Faith & Veljko Maricic June 7, 2013 at 19:09

We drove to Zrenj today for lunch (following your advice). We were caught in a downpour, so had to sit inside the charming restaurant. The meal was nothing short of amazing. From eggs with wild asparagus, to wild boar stew, to lamb, to fried zucchini flowers…..everything was fresh, local and expertly prepared. We have been to the so-called best restaurants in Rovinj and there is nothing to compete with Agritourism Toncic. Definitely worth the trip!

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Robert December 3, 2013 at 16:16

Odlično izgleda , vidimo se na proljeće

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