Miramare by Fratelli Cerea – A New Feast of Flavours in Poreč

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When back in 1966 Vittorio Cerea and his wife Bruna opened a restaurant that served fish in the town centre of Bergamo, it seemed like an unusual move. At the time, meat was the mainstay of menus on Italy’s restaurant circuit and so Da Vittorio’s slant toward seafood stood out. But Vittorio Cerea was a trailblazer and the seafood served at Da Vittorio so exquisitely prepared and the dishes so divine that the restaurant soon garnered global attention – and in 1978 got its first Michelin star.

Chicco e Bobo Cerea

Chicco e Bobo Cerea

Internationally Recognized Brand With Three Michelin Stars

Over the decades that followed, the restaurant moved to an elegant villa in the verdant hills of Cantalupa outside Bergamo and became one of Italy’s most legendary dining hotspots – and a culinary destination in its own right. The ultimate stamp of approval was the coveted third Michelin star, which Da Vittorio scored in 2010. Today, Da Vittorio enterprise is still run by late Vittorio’s wife Bruna and their children, including brothers Enrico and Roberto (Bobo) who are global chef superstars known for their top-notch culinary talents. There are Da Vittorio restaurants in St. Moritz, Shangai and Saigon as well as DaV restaurants in Milan and Portofino.

Miramare by Fratelli Cerea at Isabella Valamar Collection Island Resort

The coastal city of Poreč in Croatia has now joined the ranks as an exciting gourmet destination with the spring 2023 opening of Miramare by Fratelli Cerea at Isabella Valamar Collection Island Resort. At this premium restaurant of the exclusive resort on Sveti Nikola Island, just outside Poreč, spectacular sea views are paired with top-quality meat cuts and superb seafood dishes signed by the Cerea brothers. The restaurant’s innovative concept spotlights the sublime flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, a marriage of classic Italian dishes and in-season ingredients locally sourced in Croatia, all with a refined contemporary twist.

At dinnertime, the six-course tasting menu showcases creative combinations based on prime local ingredients and inspired by the Cerea brothers’ distinctive take on upscale trattoria food. The main menu includes signature dishes by the Cerea brothers, such as Paccheri alla Vittorio, a hallmark that features paccheri pasta and a sauce made with three types of tomatoes, all mixed together right at the table in front of the guests.

When Bobo Cerea took the reins at Spinnaker and Miramare restaurants in 2022 as a star chef, the Paccheri alla Vittorio quickly became an instant hit among guests.

Isabella Island Resort

Isabella Island Resort

The High-Level Service and Gastronomy Offering

The unexpectedly exciting part of casual dining at Miramare by Fratelli Cerea is the gourmet pizza corner, where a woodfired oven churns out three different types of dough for artisanal pizza – the thin-crust Neapolitan, the pizza pala Romana and pizza al vapore, a steamed pizza which uses a very unique type of dough as the base. The joint venture between Valamar and the Cerea brothers also involves Valamar staff – chefs, restaurant managers, sommeliers and other members of the F&B department – visiting and training at Da Vittorio and DaV restaurants. This culinary hands-on education will elevate the high-level service and gastronomy offering we already showcase at Valamar.

Da Vittorio Isabella Island Resort

Isabella Island Resort

Poreč on the Gastronomy Map of Croatia and Europe

With this stellar collaboration, Poreč has been firmly placed on the gastronomy map of Croatia and Europe. Heading up Miramare’s culinary concept and occasionally showing up in Poreč to take over the helm in the kitchen, the Cerea brothers bring a new level of excellence, expertise and international acclaim to Valamar. And just like Vittorio Cerea back in 1966, Valamar becomes a trailblazer – on the hotel restaurant scene of Croatia.

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