Walking in Trieste or in the vicinity and thinking of where to eat we often choose Osmiza . It is traditional location with local food and wine and special atmosphere that is differ from any restaurant and bar.
In this post I’d like to share with you 5 interesting facts about Osmiza and why it is worth a visit.
1. Osmiza is neither restaurant nor agritourism.
Osmiza is a part of culture and food tradition of Friuli–Venezia Giulia region and Slovenia. It is neither restaurant nor agritourism. Locals describe it as a place where you can eat and buy local wine and food produced by owners.
What I specially like about Osmiza is its long wooden tables and benches. You can see them in a yard with green trees or inside wooden houses with simple, but cozy interior.
2. Food and wine of own production.
- tasty cold cuts, like prosciutto – (ham), salami, lardo (bacon)
- piatto di formaggi (different types of homemade cheese)
- boiled eggs that are very tasty just with salt and pepper
- sotto acceto (olives, pepper, onion, cucumbers pickled in brine or vinegar)
- in some Osmiza it is offered also homemade sweets
- : Vitovska, Istrian Malvasia
- : Terrano, Refosco
3. Frasca – special Osmiza’s sign.
Tradition of Osmiza started in year 1784, when Emperor Joseph II signed special Decree. It allowed farmers to sell wine and products of own production during 8 days in a year. Therefore, the name comes from Slovenian word “osem”, which means “eight”.
During opening period, farmers were obliged to use special sign – Frasca. It was branches located along the road to indicate the direction to opened Osmiza.
This nice tradition has continued to this day. If you see branch with red arrow, you can be sure there is an Osmiza, where you can eat and spend nice time 🙂
4. Custom of locals of Trieste region worth to join.
Visiting Osmiza became one of customs of locals of Trieste region and Slovenia. Spring, summer and early autumn is the most favorable period for joining this custom.
Many of Osmizas are located near Trieste; their location can be easily find on the website www.osmize.com. I would also recommend using this website to control which Osmizas are opened today.
Worth to mention that nowadays Osmiza is not restricted by eight opening days. Opening period and working hours are defined by the owners.
5. Andiamo per fracsche – Let’s go to drink wine in Osmiza!
Sometimes you can hear from locals of Trieste: “Andiamo per frasche!” . It means to go to Osmiza to drink wine. And it’s good idea to spend nice time with friends, eating, drinking wine and enjoying good conversation.
Osmiza’s atmosphere is so warm and friendly that you can spend hours there, without having noticed 🙂