Cooking with Chef Rino

Prepare traditional food of the Dalmatian hinterland


Towering the town of Omiš and surrounded by the peaks of the Dinaric Alps, Poljica region once thrived as an independent, forward-thinking Republic. Today, the handful of villages scattered around here is barely populated as the people massively moved down to the coast looking for an easier livelihood than the one offered by the scarce hinterland landscapes. The village Truše, where you will meet chef Rino, is a village of only a few people. Reversing the trend of moving away, Chef Rino returned to Truše after completing his culinary education and working in several restaurants. Now making an effort to infuse Truše with a new life, chef Rino invites you on a culinary journey with an insider, where he will paint the region’s identity by teaching you to prepare some of the typical local dishes. Welcome and dobar tek

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Split

Available May to October

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Chef Rino in action
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Fruits of Dalmatia
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At the table
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Soparnik of Poljica
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Making of soparnik
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Fresh blitva is the key ingredient
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Pršt and ham
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Rino and Djidji
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Old Tavern

Tour description


This culinary adventure immerses you in the authentic life of one special local who will welcome you into his rustic home in the small mountain village of Truše. Arriving from Split with your chauffeur, head over the mountains above the stunningly beautiful town of Omiš to find this small, nearly abandoned village.

At the end of the village you’ll reach a small, 200-years-old Dalmatian stone house, a beautiful example of the traditional type of houses that were built so well that they stood for centuries. In the charming setting of this house, lovingly maintained by the local chef Rino, hop on a journey through the rich and engrossing history of this Dalmatian village. The objects which Rino has collected over the years testify to the arduous work which happened on the barren land here, the importance of open fire for sustaining a life and the rustic creativity with which the people of the area approach everyday life. Knowing that the land here doesn’t give a lot, you might find yourself amazed by what will follow.

First, try your hand at making soparnik, an old specialty of Poljica enlisted as Croatia’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage. This thin-crusted pie with savory mangold filling is baked directly under burning charcoal! Next, move onto mastering peka, an ancient skill of preparing meat and potatoes under a bell-shaped lid. Known by the tribal ancestors of our country, this is still a very popular way of cooking around Croatia as it allows you to socialize around the fireplace and taste tidbits like prosciutto and cheese. And local wines, of course. Sugar comes in the end, and learning to prepare the traditional Dalmatian desert, fritule, is a skill you will definitely be able to use at home. These deep-fried dough balls, sprinkled with powdered sugar, will often gather all generations around the bowl.

If you like working for your lunch or stretching after it, hike to the natural spring source that flows straight from the rock wall and to the top of the mountain ridge, an easy walk rewarded with unforgettable views of the Adriatic coast and islands on the one side and rolling barren hills of the hinterland with pockets of ancient villages on the other.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Split region by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, hands-on cooking experience and lunch.
  • Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.

The Republic of Poljica

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On the top of the dramatic curtain of rocks backing the town of Omiš, a plateau overlooks the Adriatic from head-spinning heights. In the Medieval times, in fact all until Napoleon’s early 19th century conquest of Dalmatia, this was the home of the Republic of Poljica, an autonomous community. Their Prince was elected by the people in a democratic process and their affairs were regulated by the Statue, known already in the 14th century. Stating that everybody ‘had a right to live’ and thus contrasting many rules of the medieval Europe (quite easy on capital punishment), the statue was perhaps the best single illustration of the progressive spirit which ruled in the Poljica Republic.

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AIRPORT NEARBY

Split

HARBOR NEARBY

Split

WEATHER

47°F  /  8°C

LOCAL TIME

8:48 PM

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Cooking with Chef Rino

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Prepare traditional food of the Dalmatian hinterland

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