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The National Cuisine of Montenegro: A Taste of the Adriatic

The National Cuisine of Montenegro: A Taste of the Adriatic


A Blend of Sea and Mountain
Montenegro's cuisine reflects its landscape, divided between the coastal region with its Mediterranean flavors and the mountainous northern region, where heartier dishes predominate. The coastal area boasts an abundance of seafood, olive oil, and fresh vegetables, featuring dishes reminiscent of Italian cuisine. Meanwhile, the northern part of the country offers more robust flavors, with meat and dairy products taking center stage.

Coastal Delights
The Adriatic coast of Montenegro is renowned for its seafood. The clean, crystal-clear waters provide an excellent environment for fish and shellfish, which are expertly prepared in Montenegrin kitchens. In the coastal towns of Kotor, Budva, and Herceg Novi, seafood is a staple. One cannot visit Montenegro without trying crni rižot, a black risotto made with cuttlefish or squid ink. Another beloved dish is buzara, a method of preparing seafood, particularly mussels and prawns, with a sauce of white wine, garlic, parsley, and breadcrumbs, showcasing the simplicity and freshness of Mediterranean cooking.

Mountainous Feasts
Moving inland, the cuisine becomes heartier. Njeguši prosciutto and Njeguši cheese, from the village of Njeguši, are renowned for their distinctive flavors, achieved through traditional smoking and aging processes. Kačamak, a hearty dish made from cornmeal, potatoes, and cheese, and japraci, rolls of grape leaves filled with minced meat and rice, are testament to the region's ability to combine simple ingredients into rich, satisfying meals.

Influences and Ingredients
Montenegrin cuisine is a testament to the country's history of foreign rule, including Venetian, Ottoman, Hungarian, and Austrian influences. Ingredients like olives, citrus fruits, and seafood speak to its Mediterranean heritage, while dishes such as ćevapi, grilled minced meat sausages, and burek, a flaky pastry filled with meat, cheese, or spinach, reflect the Ottoman legacy.

The Role of Rakija and Wine
No Montenegrin meal is complete without rakija, a potent fruit brandy, or a glass of Montenegrin wine. Rakija is often homemade, with plum, grape, and apricot being popular flavors. Montenegro's wine industry is growing, with Vranac and Krstac being among the most notable indigenous grape varieties, producing wines that are gaining international recognition and winning awards.

The Heart of Montenegrin Culture
Montenegro's cuisine is as varied and captivating as its landscape, offering a delectable journey through the country's cultural and geographical diversity. From the seafood-rich dishes of the Adriatic coast to the hearty, comforting meals of the northern mountains, Montenegrin food provides a unique window into the nation's soul. Whether savoring crni rižot by the sea or enjoying kačamak in the shadow of the mountains, visitors and residents of Montenegro are sure to find dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also tell the story of this fascinating country.

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  • In period May-August 2022 we sold our flats in St-Petersburg Russia and  have bought two  ones here in Montenegro, Becici. We decided to move here and make new home and business with my husband. Our agent Milica Zugic  is really became our angel - provider here in Montenegro. She is very reliable, responsible , professional  employee of CMM Budva department. She has developed intuition and found very fast necessary properties which we needed. Also she helped us to speed up the process of registration documents in MUP.( list nepokretnosti, etc). She was our real provider here. Very appreciated her and all staff of Budva department for there assistance. Separately to lawyer Ivan and his legal team. Very recommended choose Milica Zugic as real estate manager when you search for assistant in this complicated and important field as buying property in Montenegro.

    Liudmila Nosova St-Petersburg Russia , 13.09.2022 11:20:09

  • At the beginning of April 2022, our family living in Prague bought a house in Sutomore with the assistance of your company.
    Let me express my gratitude to the management of your company for the service provided, and especially to your employees - Anastasia Zeyak, Alexei Grachev and Elena Bozhovich for their attention, patience and even care for the whole time of buying real estate and the services provided after the purchase.
    I would really like all companies to work with the same quality of service. After coming into contact with this kind of attitude towards the client, all our environment, if necessary, will refer to your company only.
    With gratitude on behalf of our family.

    A.V. Ter-Gazaryan, 12.07.2022 12:32:19

  • Based on my experience with CMM in Budva, Montenegro, I can say that they are reliable, fast, and they deliver what they promise. They take really good care of their clients. For instance, I was offered a lift from the airport, and they would take me back and forth from Tivat to Budva and Becici to see various properties. They would answer all of my questions and respond promptly. They have an excellent team: Katarina, Alexander, Natasha, Martin and some other guys whose names I don’t remember. Katarina, my wonderful agent, went to every length to help me find a perfect home. Unfortunately, my situation changed and I had to postpone my relocation to Montenegro.
    I would strongly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a property in Montenegro.

    Val , 13.05.2022 04:18:13

  • We were introduced to CMM by friends who had already done research on Montenegro and CMM. We purchased our apartment in Dobrota, just outside Kotor, all remotely from South Africa, during the lockdown. Everything was seamless without any problems at all. All the CMM departments work together well from the sales team, head office, legal, interior design and rental department. Every detail was well communicated with an abundance of zoom meetings, videos, emails etc
    We are thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed working with the CMM team. They were incredibly professional.
    After sales service is also excellent as we move into the rental phase of the apartment and over all management of the apartment including maintenance.
    We have been directly and indirectly involved with many houses/apartments all over the world and this was the up there with the best service we have received.
    Thanks to everyone we dealt with at CMM it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you all. We look forward too many happy years working with you on our rental.

    Mandy and Antoine, 06.10.2021 10:56:22

  • Biz Montenegroda CMM komandayla  tanish olmushug. Snejana ve Milan bize cox  yaxshi destek olublar. Artig bizim burada evimiz de var. Bize gosterdiler cox yuksek service, ve artig butun bizim senedler de gaydasindadir. Boyuk hormetle onlara Cox sagol bildiririk!

    Dilara, 01.10.2019 08:17:27

  • Last year we decided to find a new home close to the sea. It was quite difficult in the beginning to make the right choice. Once we found CMM Company was a great luck! We immediately received detailed consultation on the country and purchase opportunities. Being attracted by Kotor - one of the most amazing parts of the coast, we decided to take a family trip and maybe make our dream of new home come true. As just discoverers of Montenegro, we were accepted like at home which was a one more pleasant surprise. The most important, we received all detailed information about country regions and procedure of buying property during the first few days. And how beautiful the car journeys were! Difficult choice, but when you find the home you want you can't refuse it. CMM did best to help us with this finding! All the purchase procedure passed well with CMM professional work! Now we are happy owners of a wonderful house with a Kotor bay view, being perfectly served by CMM Management company (of course, we've chosen CMM as professional house manager). Hope our friends and relatives would also move to Montenegro with the CMM help soon !!!

    Kate, 22.03.2019 13:06:21

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