Ptuj’s foodie influencers
Those who have been to Ptuj know that we have excellent food and wine. However, this would not be possible without people who put their hearts and souls in finding best local ingredients, mixing tradition with modern food trends, and looking for the best, which will make you want to come back time and again. Meet them!
Alenka Grabar is a passionate restaurateur, who contributed greatly to making Ptuj a popular destination for local foodies and culinary tourists when deciding to take over the restaurant. The perfection of her plates, and her welcoming communication with guests make every visit of Gostilna Grabar a genuinely pleasant gastronomic experience, and have earned the establishment a place in the Gault & Millau restaurant guide.
If you want to pair your food with some wine, let Franc Brodbnjak pick a bottle for you. For years, he has been guiding visitors through Ptuj’s underground cellars that hide an abundance of gems, including the oldest Slovenian wine – Zlata trta. His friendly smile, professional approach and passion for the long tradition of the Ptuj Cellar never fail to spark wine lovers’ interest.
Ribič is a renowned restaurant located on the banks of the Drava River, and Vlado Pignar has been carrying on its tradition. His culinary philosophy pursues contemporary trends and is based on high-quality, local ingredients. It is important to him to present Ptuj’s culinary scene in the best light possible at fairs, the open kitchen, or at a fancy, white-clothed table. His face lights up, when he finds a forgotten recipe. He recreated the carnival season Kurent soup based on a recipe from the 1950s.
If you like beer, you should visit Marko Kolarič at his Bodi café. He started the local beer renaissance when he turned a café in a quiet Ptuj street into one of the most scenic and unique spots in town, which was selected best bar outside the country’s capital for the third year in a row.
Mira Korošec made the decision to dedicate her life to the art of hospitality already as a young economist. She turned Restaurant Amadeus from a popular Ptuj meeting point of a whole generation of locals into a restaurant renowned for its authentic home cooking. Her latest project is the renovation of an idyllic house at the bottom of the castle hill, adding another boutique accommodation to the city’s options.
Drop by Pri Tonetu on the right bank of the Drava River and meet Bojan Svenšek. He continues the family inn tradition with his talent for cherishing local culinary peculiarities. He has been running his loyal team as a dedicated innkeeper, and feels at home in the kitchen as well as in the dining room.