Kantinon is one of those places in Rovinj popular with all gourmets and history lovers, whether locals or tourists, in search of local dishes and atmosphere. The tavern draws its guests with its quality, and menu whose originality lies in the dishes that cannot be seen or ordered anywhere else in town.
Kantinon is a traditional tavern located a step away from the sea in the heart of the historical town of Rovinj.
It is a place steeped in history, with the smells of seafood ragout and Istrian žgvacet. In such an ambience, it feels like a throwback to a time long gone.
Kantinon’s cuisine can best be described as an old-fashioned fisherman’s cuisine offering almost forgotten old recipes.
Dishes such as local Boškarin ox cheeks prepared over 12 hours and maneštra are made from fresh, locally grown and foraged ingredients, and served in the same pots they were prepared and cooked in.
Cold cuts such as prosciutto, pancetta, sausages and cheese are served on a wooden board with great Istrian olive oil and olives. It is interesting to note that Kantinon is located in a former wine cellar, hence the name (Itl. cantina = cellar). The evidence of this fact still exists today! The large 5,000 litre barrel from which wine was decanted and bottled, wreathed in straw to sell to people from Rovinj, still stands in the tavern.
The seating area on the outside terrace has views of Rovinj’s most notable landmark, St Euphemia Church, as well as the quaint fishing harbour awash with sailing and fishing boats.