At the very edge of Opatija, you can find Villa Ariston, a restaurant and a boutique hotel. Perched on a cliff, the villa gives the impression of emerging from the sea. As soon as you see it you realize that there is a rich history behind the walls. The interior is very well preserved and reminds you of the splendor of the nobles in whose possession it was. The terrace of the restaurant gives a new definition to the word romantic. Beautiful views, lavishly furnished tables and lovely, white plates. With an earlier reservation it is possible to experience a memorable evening in a special pavilion located above the sea. The interior of the restaurant is equally elegant, so you won’t go wrong if you want to dine within the walls of this impressive building. As we visited the restaurant on a beautiful, autumn day, our lunch was all about pumpkin and porcini mushrooms. We started with a great pumpkin mousse with the addition of pumpkin seeds, pumpkin oil and dehidrated bacon. A real autumnal plate. Then we tried the excellent, silky and rich pumpkin soup that won us over at the first spoonful. The next thing we tried were excellent ravioli stuffed with skuta (a kind of local ricotta cheese), from Učka mountain with sauce made of porcini mushrooms that were picked in the woods above the villa. A very good dish, that could be a little more spicy. Then we chose two main meat dishes. The confit of lamb from the island of Cres was excellent, soft and very tasty. The pea cream perfectly matched the rich flavour of the lamb meat, and the carrots and cauliflower au gratin were very well prepared. The pork fillet in pistachio crust was also very good. The meat remained juicy, and was served with delicious pumpkin gnocchi. We ended our lunch with another tribute to autumn, an interpretation of chestnut and chocolate pie. Chestnuts were prepared in two ways, as a cream and glazed, our favourite. The chocolate mousse and crispy dough were almost unnecessary next to the great chestnut. When you want something romantic, or a fine dining experience in a quiet and beautiful setting, we are sure that restaurant Villa Ariston will satisfy all your needs and desires.