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Croatia
Croatia
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Perched at the crossroads between Italy, central Europe and the former Ottoman Empire, Croatia is a country with a complicated history – and a diverse culinary scene that makes it one of the world’s best food destinations. Inland, you’ll find that central European fare dominates, with a focus on meats, cheeses, noodles, beer and fruit spirits. Visit Istria (above), a Croatian-Italian bilingual region that borders Italy and Slovenia, for a strong local food scene that makes the most of the region’s excellent products: look for seafood, olive oil, mushrooms, truffles and prosciutto, washed down with wine and spirits.