Mediterranean dishes with new pictures
The old is the new
Piran is at its best when its not hot, full, noisy, and touristy; when you can wander around its narrow streets and take time to discover its hidden parts. That’s when Piran remains old, even though there’s already too much of the new about Piran too. That is why the name Stara gostilna (Old Restaurant) is fitting. It has a glass conservatory, which doesn’t offer a sea view but in summer it matters not as its only used in winter. It’s a mixture of the old and the new – designer chairs at the tables that look over the facades of old townhouses, and plates that are so big and of varying shapes that mother and daughter only just manage to carry them to serve holidaymakers and those enjoying a romantic evening meal.
The chef in this new ‘old’ restaurant has a passion for pictures, a talent for aesthetics and a desire for creativity. And at Stara Gostilna he has the perfect place to realise his talent and ambition. Stara Gostilna doesn’t try to compete with other restaurants on the promenade; its ambience attracts romantic couples and its menu encourages gourmets.
Stara gostilna is not just about having dinner in an old restaurant but rather somewhere to spend an evening with its new concept, in which the plates are substantially bigger than the portions, but what they lack in size they make up for in taste and goodness.
sommelier: Igor Jakomin
wine labels: 130
winter garden among old Piran houses