Eat Local — Trieste, Italy

Elefante Bianco (The White Elephant Restaurant), Trieste, Italy

Elefante Bianco (The White Elephant Restaurant), Trieste, Italy

Not far from the main city square, Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia, overlooking the harbor is an excellent local seafood restaurant, Elefante Bianco (the white elephant).  We had a delicious luncheon there with some outstanding local Malvasia (crisp, dry white) wine — a specialty of the Adriatic coast, particularly Croatia to the south.

A first course -- seafood crudo at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

A first course — seafood crudo at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

Their seafood and fish are are locally caught and fresh — the menu varies depending on what seafood and produce are available.  Our first courses were variations on a theme:  fresh seafood either crudo (raw) or fried.

A first course -- fried mixed seafood at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

A first course — fried mixed seafood at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

We thoroughly enjoyed the bright, spicy golden olive oil from Croatia that was served with homemade breads.  The Mate trasparenza marina EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is obtained from Leccino andPendolino olives planted at the beginning of this century by the then 75-year old Mate Vekić on the coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Outstanding Croatian EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and house-made bread at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

Outstanding Croatian EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and house-made bread at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

Four our main dish we each chose different pastas.

A second course -- seafood pasta at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

A second course — seafood pasta at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

All in all, an outstanding meal — not surprising, given that the owners and chef are members of Slow Food and Vino Libre and other Italian groups that promote local, fresh and sustainable food and wine.  Very highly recommended!

A second course -- Spaghetti vongole at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

A second course — Spaghetti vongole at Elefante Bianco, Trieste, Italy

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