You can’t claim to know the local cuisine if you haven't eaten at least once at Trattoria Max, renowned not just in the upland areas but throughout Trieste.
Opicina has always welcomed summer guests fleeing the city for the mild climate and gentle pace of life in the uplands.
And in the town centre, opposite the terminus of the part-funicular tramway that has connected Trieste port to the uplands since the early century, there is a long-established trattoria.
In 1934 the present owners were already promoting the region’s culinary traditions, such as jota, possibly the most typical dish, a countryman’s minestra made from beans and sauerkraut; gnocchi di susini (plum gnocchi), a dish so unfamiliar to the Italian tradition that it is eaten as both a starter and dessert; kifeletti, made from potatoes and typically shaped like a "U", likewise eaten either with the juices of roast meat or with sugar; and lubjanska, from the Slav tradition, a cutlet stuffed with cheese and Trieste ham and cooked in breadcrumbs.
A pleasant and common way to pass a summer evening is to sit under the wooden pergola amid the flowers that adorn the property, enjoying the tranquillity and the refreshing breezes of the Karst.
But you don’t need to wait for the evening or summer to sample the popular local cusine at Max, as this ancient trattoria is open throughout the year, from morning to evening, happy to serve meals even at the most unlikely times.
MaxVia Nazionale 43
34100 Opicina - Trieste IT
tel: +39 040 211160
FOOD SERVICETraditional Karst dishes
8.00 - 22.00 - Closed Wednesdays
From 15€ to 20€ including drinks