The last days of the year are reserved for pure pleasure
December is all about having a break from work, taking some time for yourself and your friends and family, and enjoying little things as much as you can. Restaurant Zigante, perfectly integrated into the timeless landscape of the picturesque Istrian village of Livade, offers you a unique opportunity to experience all the magic of winter at one place.
Dream vacation at Livade, the world’s truffle center
Livade is a small scenic village located at the very heart of the Istrian peninsula, and it is the home of Zigante, a brand built around delicious truffles, which includes a restaurant specialized in serving creative truffle dishes, a shop that offers unique truffle delicacies, and a hotel which provides comfortable accommodation.
This time of the year is the best for enjoying delicious truffles
Truffles are one of the most expensive and most extravagant culinary ingredients which is included on almost every wish-list of chefs around the globe
Last chance for Zigante Truffle days
The biggest international truffle fair in the region has nearly come to an end. There’s only one weekend left before the closing of the fair, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Zigante
Experience Istria at its best
Istria, the heart-shaped peninsula located in the northern part of Croatia, offers unforgettable adventures throughout the whole year, and the best thing is that the nature takes part in...
Truffle burger - an exclusive specialty you can only taste during Zigante Truffle Days
Zigante Truffle Days festival in Livade offers a wide array of unique gourmet specialties and delicacies based on precious truffles, which are collected right on the spot, in the nearby...
Mastercard Priceless and Restaurant Zigante – the combination which guarantees a unique dining adventure
Mastercard Priceless is a digital marketing platform which provides Mastercard users with exclusive and unforgettable adventures all around the world...
This is why autumn is the best time of year to visit restaurant Zigante
Summer is always a popular season for vacations and, in many regions, this excitement slightly wears down by the end of September, but not here in Istria. Autumn in Istria is the time of year when vineyards come alive, olive groves are full of ripe fruits...
Istrian diamond – the precious white truffle
Truffles are a relatively rare species of an underground mushroom that grows on the roots of some trees or bushes, highly prized for their unique aromas, and it’s hard to find a culinary expert or a gourmand who wouldn’t like to see and taste them in their dish.
5 must-try specialties at “Zigante Truffle Days” fair
Truffle fair in Livade called “Zigante Truffle Days” is one of those rare gourmet events where you can taste some of the original and creative truffle dishes prepared by experts and true culinary artists such as Damir Modrušan, the main chef of restaurant Zigante.
The biggest regional truffle fair “Zigante Truffle Days” has finally started
The beginning of autumn and the white truffle season also mean the beginning of Zigante Truffle Days, one-of-a-kind event held every year in Livade..
Delicious white truffles are back on the table
For true gourmands, fall in Istria means only one thing – the beginning of white truffle season. With the first day of the September hunt for this most valuable truffle variety also begins..
Malvasia Zigante – fresh and aromatic wine ideal for summer days
When talking about autochthonous Istrian grape varieties, Malvasia Istriana is definitely the most popular one and a sort of trademark of this winemaking region...
Truffles and wine, when paired together, present the ultimate experience Istrian gourmet scene can offer, especially during the summer when all those scents and flavors tend to get even...
Delicious truffles delicacies and a glass of excellent Zigante wine for a perfect summer combination
Istrian summer truffle - Tuber Aestivum
The Istrian peninsula is a true paradise for truffle enthusiasts, no matter the season during which you decide to visit. While autumn and winter are mostly reserved for the Tuber...
Zigante Truffle Days in Livade – yet another reason to look forward to autumn
Livade, a small village located in the very heartland of Istria, is one of the most desirable gourmet destinations...
Restaurant Zigante - all you need for a perfect celebration
Life is full of special moments worth celebrating – weddings and anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions, job promotions and business achievements, and what better...
These are just some of the reasons why you should find Restaurant Zigante at ATP Umag
The Istria Gourmet Festival will once again accompany one of the biggest sporting events in the region, ATP Croatia Open in Umag, with a variety of specialties and delicacies...
Restaurant zigante once again a part of ATP Umag and Istria Gourmet Festival
ATP Umag is definitely one of the most important yearly sporting events in Istria which attracts not only sport enthusiasts, but also those who are interested...
Restaurant Zigante, located in the small picturesque village of Livade, is a fine-dining destination which offers specialties and delicacies ...
This is why you should visit restaurant Zigante during summer
Why are Istrian truffles one of the most valuable in the world?
Truffles are nowadays indispensable ingredients of any good restaurant kitchen in the world, mostly because of their amazing characteristics...
Istria – a region abundant with natural treasures
Istrian peninsula has, for a long time now, drawn guest from all over the world with its amazing natural heritage and beautiful landmarks.
5 reasons why you should definitely try Zigante olive oil
Apart from delicious truffles and wine, Zigante brand also stands for high-quality olive oils produced from the finest olive varieties and using only natural processing methods...
Restaurant Zigante is once again included in the prestigious Michelin guide
One of the world's most respectable gastronomy authorities, famous Michelin guide, has recently issued a second special edition of the guide for the Istrian ...
Zigante accommodation – all you need for a perfect vacation
Apart from amazing specialties and delicacies, Zigante also offers you a comfortable accommodation in a renovated Istrian stone house located right next to the restaurant. Three modernly equipped four-star rooms ...
Numerous health benefits of truffles
Truffles have been amazing human senses from time memorial, but nowadays they are considered to be much more than just tasty mushrooms with potential to turn every dish into a culinary sensation.
Why black truffles are a "must" this season!
With white truffle prices skyrocketing last winter, many people opted for black truffles, which provide a similar but not identical flavor and have a somewhat lesser impact on the wallet.
Welcoming her Majesty Spring-Summer Truffle
The division of truffles into different types is based primarily on morphological characteristics such as shape, size, color, ornamentation, an appearance ...
Why is Spring perfect time to fall for our restaurant?
While blossoms are making their way into a new life, we are inviting you to enjoy in Nature’s awakening ...
Zigante wines – quality before quantity
Istrian peninsula is well-known as the region of truffles and olive oils, but also as a respectable wine region, all thanks ...
Restaurant Zigante, located in the small Istrian village of Livade, is a fine-dining place where one can taste a whole range ...
Precious moments with family and friends in restaurant Zigante
Ziganteov chef Damir Modrušan osmislio je modernistički jelovnik od starih istarskih jela
Evo kako Damir Modrušan priprema Istarsku supu, tradicionalni težačko jelo od kruha, crnog vina i maslinova ulja. Krema od terana nastupa u ulozi vina. Kremi se dodaju spužva...
Restaurant Zigante is back with new and creative truffle specialties
After a short winter break, Zigante restaurant will once again on the 14th of March, open its doors and welcome guests ...
How to properly store your precious truffles?
Fresh truffles are one of those unique culinary ingredients with a potential to provide every dish with a distinguished taste and flavor, but in order to do so truffles have...
This is how one truffle made all the difference in the world…
It was back in the early days of November 1999, when Mr. Giancarlo Zigante took his loyal and well trained dog Diana into yet another truffle-quest deep into the Motovun Forest.
Fall in love with istrian truffles
When it comes to delicious truffles, Istrian white truffle is considered to be one of the most valuable varieties in the world.
Restaurant Zigante-the world centre of Istrian White Truffle
Restaurant Zigante is the first Croatian restaurant specialized in preparing meals containing Istrian truffle, and throughout the whole year it offers carefully combined menu based on fresh truffles.
JRE Dinner 2018. – humanitarno gastro događanje koje ne smijete propustiti
Obitelj chefova okupljena oko udruženja Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe poziva sve ljubitelje visoke gastronomije na „JRE Dinner 2018. – Never Ending Passion“, jedinstven kulinarski event humanitarnog karaktera na kojem će sudjelovati samo najbolji restorani i kuhari iz svih krajeva Hrvatske.
Gault&Millau – a trusted international gastro guide based on the quality of food
Gault&Millau is one of the most famous and most precise international gastro guides with almost half a decade long tradition in recommending some of the best gourmet destinations in the world.
Livade – fairytale village with magical truffles
Small Istrian village Livade, during its hundred year long tradition, was an important spot for the whole region.
The best truffle hunting experience is in Livade
Truffles are considered to be one of the most amazing products of nature, appreciated for their seductive scent and aromas, and often compared to the finest stuff we can experience on our palate such as caviar and champagne.
BBC WRITES ABOUT RESTAURANT ZIGANTE
BBC journalist David Farley wrote an interesting article about truffles, Istria and Restaurant Zigante.
Interesting things you didn't know about truffles
Istria is one of the most trending tourist destinations in Europe, both in summer and winter.
Zigante extra virgin olive oil – the purest taste of nature inspired by tradition
Olive oil, also often referred to as “the liquid gold”, is considered to be one of the most valuable autochthonous products of Istrian peninsula and a true symbol of the Mediterranean way of life.
Chefovi Zigante restorana održali predavanje studentima gastronomije u Splitu
Kreativni dvojac Zigante restorana, chefovi Damir Modrušan i Bojan Gržentić, još jednom je otvorio svoju bogatu riznicu kulinarskog znanja kojeg su ovoga puta prenijeli studentima gastronomije „Visoke škole Aspira“ u Splitu.
Christmas reception at restaurant Zigante
Winter holidays are a perfect time to delight your colleagues and indulge your family and friends with sophisticated flavors of Istrian cuisine.
Winter is the best time to enjoy truffles
Truffles are one of the most simple-to-use, but also one of the most expensive and tasty culinary ingredients of modern cuisine.
Autumn brings new and exciting flavors to the table
Restaurant Zigante is well-known as one of the finest dining locations in Istria, not only because of the excellent location and sensational gastro offer, but also because of the warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a menu based on truffles.
Perfect autumn truffle experience
For every bit of happiness in life, there is a perfect moment. Here in Livade, those moments are in autumn, when his majesty, the Istrian white truffle, brags with his intensive and seductive scents and aromas.
Perfect wine pleasures from Zigante vinery
In order to expand his well-known Zigante brand, Giancarlo Zigante, famous Istrian “king of truffles” decided to gather around the same table all three traditional Istrian natural products – truffles, wine and olive oil.
Zigante truffle days – a unique gastro event in the heart of Istria
Motovun forest, located near village Livade on the Istrian peninsula, is one of the most desirable destinations in the world during the fall, and all because of one precious variety of mushrooms – the Istrian white truffle.
Restaurant Zigante – ideal location combined with quality of food and service
Restaurants are usually ranked and valued by quality of food, quality of service and the very location of the restaurant.
5 good reasons why you should visit “Zigante Truffle Days”
October marks the start of white truffle season, the time of year when these rare mushrooms are showered tableside on dishes.
Sensational Zigante burgers
Restaurant Zigante is proud to present a new burger based on special truffle flavors and exciting new homemade buns created and prepared by our respected chef Bojan.
5 reasons why you have to get a taste of the white truffles
White truffles are one of the most valuable culinary ingredients due to their set of intense flavors and aromas, but there are also various other benefits from this extraordinary mushroom.
Damir Modrušan – an experienced chef and a true „truffle artist“
One of the best Croatian chefs, Damir Modrušan, will once again demonstrate his culinary expertise at making delicious truffle specialties at this year's edition of „Zigante's truffle days“.
The beginning of white truffle season at restaurant Zigante
Season of white truffles, Tuber Magnatum, has officially started which means this extraordinary mushroom will once again fill fine-dining restaurant spaces with its unique fragrances and scents.
Celebrate white truffles season with Zigante Truffle Days
The end of summer and beginning of fall also marks the start of new exciting truffle adventures in Livade. It's time to prepare ourselves for the white truffle season and all the magnificent flavors and aromas of this unique mushroom.
Zigante Dine and Rest packages
Renovated Istrian stone house, located right next to the Restaurant Zigante, is the ideal place for all those who likes to have their peace and quiet after having a taste of traditional local cuisine.
Restaurant Zigante is one of MasterCard’s Priceless destinations
Croatia recently joined MasterCard’s platform called Priceless which provides their users with exciting and adventurous experiences in the cities they live in or the ones they are visiting.
Restaurant Zigante awarded with Michelin plate
One of the best recommendations a restaurant can receive in the world of high gastronomy is definitely the one in famous Michelin Guide.
JRE – Only Talent and Passion for food
Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe is the association of the best young chefs all around Europe.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Restaurant Zigante in Livade, Istria
Situated in the heart of Istria, in the near vicinity of the magnificent forest of Motovun, Restaurant Zigante is well-known for its delicacies which include everything from traditional Istrian cuisine to most up-to-date culinary trends.
Zigante's Royal Prestige Menu - Five extraordinary meat courses including special desert
Rich gastronomic offer of Restaurant Zigante during spectacular ATP Umag 2017 tournament consists of several menus including the "Royal Prestige Menu".
Restaurant Zigante has once again prepared exquisite gastronomic creations for the visitors of ATP Umag.
Special "Zigante boskarin burger"
Damir Modrušan, chef of Restaurant Zigante and the best Croatian expert when it comes to originating truffle-based meals, has prepared special five course "Gold Menu" for all those in search for extraordinary fish and seafood meals.
Zigante's Gold Menu – five courses of spectacular fish meals
Restaurant Zigante at ATP UMAG 2017
With the 25th anniversary of ATP Umag rapidly approaching, Restaurant Zigante is once again honored to announce its participation in this traditional and important sporting event.
GIN FEVER AT ZIGANTE'S – best of the best
Gin is one of those spirits that somehow always managed to stay way up high on the popularity scale of stronger drinks and maintain its status as the omnipresent cocktail ingredient regardless of trends.
Special "black truffle" menu with 8 courses, only at Zigante's
Restaurant Zigante has, once again, arranged a spectacular evening for all those who have sympathies for true Istrian cuisine and here at Zigante's that means – his majesty, black truffle.
How to become Michelin inspector?
Being a Michelin inspector is not all about eating at the best restaurants and getting a big paycheck every month.
What is a Tasting menu?
If you were always wondering about what tasting menu looks like, just imagine plates full of different specialties coming in small delicious portions.
Chef Damir Modrušan kuhao je u milanskoj palači Parigi u sklopu jednog od najvećih sajmova za hranu u Europi
U milanskoj palači Parigi, Damir Modrušan iz restorana Zigante, Damir Tomljanović iz restorana Bevanda te Deni Srdoč iz restorana Draga di Lovrana, podijelili su gostima strast prema gastronomiji u sklopu manifestacije Tutto Food.
EKSKLUZIVNO PREDSTAVLJANJE NOVIH ADRIANA VINA I PROLJETNOG MENIJA CHEFA DAMIRA MODRUŠANA
Restaurant Zigante uskoro otvara svoja vrata!
Ekskluzivna večera s 14 JRE chefova u dvorcu Miljana
Hrvatska obitelj chefova članova internacionalne udruge JRE (Jeunes Restaurateurs) svoje će najekskluzivnije događanje u godini – GALA JRE - održati u Hrvatskom Zagorju, u dvorcu Miljana, u subotu 11.03.Događaj, pod sloganom ''The Best or Nothing & Talent and Passion'' okupiti će chefove svih 14 hrvatskih restorana članova JRE.
Michelin vodič-gastronomska biblija!
Svi smo već pročitali vijest kako je Michelin po prvi put napravio selekciju restorana u Hrvatskoj i u svoje digitalno izdanje uvrstio 35 hrvatskih restorana. Restoran Monte iz Rovinja prvi je u Hrvatskoj kojemu je dodijeljena i jedna zvjezdica.
Restoran Zigante dobio preporuku u prestižnom Michelinovom vodiču
Naći se u Michelinovom vodiču najveće je svjetsko priznanje.
Adriano Zigante svoje djelatnike počastio u talijanskom restoranu s dvije Michelinove zvjezdice
Adriano Zigante svoje djelatnike počastio u talijanskom restoranu s dvije Michelinove zvjezdice.
ŠPAGETI (NI)SU TALIJANSKI? PROBLEM KOJI MUČI LJUBITELJE NAJPOPULARNIJE TJESTENINE
20.01.2017. - Duguljasti tanki rezanci se jedu u Kini od 2. stoljeća prije Krista, zbog čega mnogi vjeruju da je upravo ova azijska zemlja pradomovina špageta.
Vinska večer s 5 najboljih jela chefa Damira Modrušana
13.01.2017. - obavezno rezervirajte za gastro spektakl u restoranu Zigante u Livadama
Ne propustite okršaj: Mate Janković vs Damir Modrušan
Mjesto radnje: Restaurant Zigante
16.12.2016. u Restaurant-u Zigante u Livadama svoje kuharske noževe ukrstit će dva velikana, kralj kobasica chef Mate Janković i kralj tartura chef Damir Modrušan.
I nježno i strasno prijateljstvo: tartufi a̕la Zigante i Meneghetti vina!
U Restaurantu Zigante, održana je u petak, 18.11.2016. prva u sklopu našeg ovozimskog programa vinskih večeri. Svoja vina predstavila je vinarija Meneghetti.
Chef Damir Modrušan & tvrtka Miele prezentirali okuse i mirise Istre u Zagrebu
Tvrtka Miele, proizvođač kućanskih uređaja, slijedeći filozofiju o odgovornom ponašanju prema okolini i društvu, organizira u Zagrebu gastro radionice s poznatim osobama u sklopu svog programa nazvanog masterclass.
SPOJ DVA VELIKANA - RESTAURANT ZIGANTE I MENEGHETTI VINA!
Restoran Zigante kreće sa zimskom sezonom u kojoj će se pripremati razni eventi, kao što su vinske večeri s istarskim vrhunskim proizvođačima vina i osebujnim menijem s tartufima. Prvi koji će nas počastiti svojim prisustvom i bogatom enološkom ponudom su maestralna Meneghetti vina.
Giancarlo Zigante i ove godine slavi uvrštenje u Guinnessovu knjigu rekorda
Giancarlo Zigante, istarski „kralj tartufa“, i ove godine će dostojno proslaviti pronalazak najvećeg ubranog bijelog tartufa i uvrštenje u Guinnessovu knjigu rekorda. U subotu, 12. studenog u svom restoranu Zigante u Livadama, s početkom u 19.00 sati, Giancarlo i chef Damir Modrušan će organizirati svečanu večeru i još jednom dokazati da i dalje zaslužuju titulu najboljih u pripremanju i......
Poznati kuhar posjetio Zigante
Najpopularniji kuhar nekadašnje Jugoslavije, preteča Gordona Ramsaya i Jamieja Olivera, posjetio je Livade i restoran Zigante. Stevo Karapandža posjetio je Istru, točnije mjesto Livade podno Motovuna. Ondje se susreo s chefom restorana Zigante, Damirom Modrušanom. Stefana (Stevu) Karapandžu ne treba previše predstavljati. Njegova TV emisija 'Male tajne velikih majstora kuhinje' preteča je TV kulinarstva...
Centar istarske gastronomije i tartufa
Tijekom cijele godine gostima iz cijelog svijeta nude se pažljivo osmišljeni meniji na bazi istarskog tartufa što ih priprema vrsna kuharska ekipa na čelu sa sjajnim chefom Damirom Modrušanom. Radi se, naravno, o restoranu Zigante, koji se nalazi u neposrednoj blizini prirodnog staništa tartufa...
Najbolje od istarske kuhinje
Skromnost i znanje Damira je dovelo do čelnog čovjeka Formule jedan, svima poznatog Bernia Ecclestonea, te se odazvao na poziv za kuhanje na njegovoj jahti. Bernie Ecclestone i Niki Lauda uživali su u delicijama s istarskim tartufima. Prateći sezone tartufa, a tako i raznolikih sezonskih namirnica, Damir krerira menu koji dobiva potpuni doživljaj kada se sljubi sa vinima te se uvijek čini da je svaki put barem jedan avanturistički korak dalje...
Gastronomski dijamant Istre
Tartufe su davno cijenili stari Rimljani - oni su smatrali da tartufi rastu jer je Bog Jupiter munjom pogodio stablo hrasta. Budući da je Jupiter bio poznat po svojim seksualnim aktivnostima, tartuf se od tada smatra afrodizijakom. Otkako je tartuf prije 80 godina otkriven na istarskom tlu, točnije u Motovunskoj šumi, postao je sastavnim djelom istarske gastronomske scene te uspješno konkurira onima iz talijanskih regija...
Sedam vikenda tartufa u Livadama
Da je skupocjena gljiva koja se doslovce mjeri na grame poput zlata pravi magnet za posjetitelje, pokazali su domaći i inozemni gosti iz Slovenije, Italije, Njemačke, Austrije pa čak i iz dalekog Japana. Upravo je ova manifestacija proslavila Livade kao svjetski centar istarskoga bijelog tartufa te pretvorila ovo mjesto u jedinstveno trgovište, jedino takve vrste u Hrvatskoj. Sajam i izložba tartufa idealna je prilika...
Livade - dom istarskog tartufa
Livade su mjesto u srcu doline Mirne, koje se razvilo prije stotinjak godina ponajviše zahvaljujući "Parenzani", vinskoj pruzi od Poreča prema Trstu. U to su vrijeme Livade bile prometni i trgovački centar za vino, maslinovo ulje i ostale poljoprivredne proizvode. Do naselja je dolazio i riječni promet s ušća Mirne, te je do prve polovice dvadesetog stoljeća ono bilo i važno trgovačko središte izvoza iz toga dijela Istre (potaša, drvni ogrjev, kamen)...