Fritolin pri Cantini: where to eat in Piran, Slovenia
Albeit it was a bit of an adventure to find this place, it was absolutely worth it! Firstly, we ended up in the wrong city – Portoroz, where it turned out that there’s a restaurant with the exact same name, but all turned out for the best. We got to see this beautiful city and take a walk along the sea coast, enjoying some pretty delicious ice cream.
Once we finally arrived in Piran, we were taken by the peaceful atmosphere of the colorful narrow streets and the Italian feeling. Fritolin pri Cantini is a small family owned seafood restaurant and it’s hidden away from all the touristy places right next to a tiny white square and surrounded by well-preserved buildings with beautiful pastel facades and windows.
The restaurant has a unique fisherman’s vibe, although you can’t even glance at the sea from the tiny square. But in our opinion that’s not a minus at all since you can enjoy the delicious food away from all the noisy and crowded restaurants along the coast. The interior is thoughtfully organised in natural wood and pop-up blue colours with green grapevines to keep you away from the sun.
Another thing that adds to the cozy atmosphere and truly making you feel like you’re at a good friend’s place rather than an actual restaurant, is the owner Nina who welcomes you dearly and helps you with the choice of food if you can’t decide between calamari and muscles for example. The restaurant is also self-service and as their motto says you can “take away or take it easy”. That gives you the opportunity to enjoy your food somewhere else in Piran if you just can’t imagine a meal without a sea view.
Now to the most important part – the food of course! You literally order at the kitchen’s window directly to the chef and after that she provides you with a sea shell with the number of your order. The menu contains mainly seafood and if you eat fish you can’t go wrong with anything you might choose. We have tried the muscles in tomato sauce with garlic and Parmesan, grilled squids with garlic and olive and fried calamari from the seafood selection which all were really delicious, but the muscles in particular were heavenly. There are some tasty veggie options for the non pescetarians as well – grilled polenta, baked tortilla with Parmesan and tomato sauce, fresh salads and of course, French fries or as they call them – pomfri. Prices are not exactly cheap, but also cannot be considered overpriced at all because of the quality of the food.
We were nicely surprised and happy for this food find in the heart of Piran and would recommend you take a stroll around the town and give it a try as well!