Once less known to tourists, now an essential stop if you want to experience the genuine Carso.
Osmiza is a place of Carso’s tradition, not a restaurant or an ‘agritourism’ stop , but a private home that, since the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has been opened to customers for a limited time to sell homemade cured meats and dairy cheeses, prepared according to a tradition passed down from generation to generation, and accompanied by white or red wine, eggs and perhaps vegetables from the garden preserved in oil.
But Osmiza is also about being together, in courtyards sparsely furnished with wooden tables and benches, with the Carso behind you and perhaps the sea in the background.
You will find tables singing songs with a guitar, children running around, old people playing cards, and someone relaxing after a long walk. It is a place of community.
Frasca: where and when to go to Osmiza
You can experience this all year round: every Osmiza opens for a limited period, but you will always find at least one open. Spring and autumn are the best periods because you can sit outside, maybe after a nice trip exploring the Carso’s nature.
Osmizas are scattered throughout the Carso, and some can also be found in the more peripheral areas of the city. Finding them is easy: they are marked with frascas, clumps of ivy attached to a wooden arrow that points the way until you reach the one outside the front door. If you prefer a more contemporary method, you can rely on the dedicated portal.