It is fair to say that tourism in Hvar Town is changing.
The profile of the guest seems to be getting younger, more hostels are opening, and each year new bars and restaurants open.
But in this sea of change, one thing remains constant on the main square – the consistent quality and warm welcome of Mizarola.
Restaurant owners are an eclectic bunch, but none had a broader smile than Marino, the owner of Mizarola. None works harder than he does either, and while the majority of restaurateurs open for the season, Marino does a great public service for locals and out of season tourists alike by being open through the winter, a beacon of light in a town which all but sleeps in the winter months.
A telling sign of a restaurant’s popularity is how much it is patronised by locals, and Mizarola is one of the most popular eateries in town on that score, offering great daily specials and a genuine community in the off-season months.
Peak season attracts its fair share of tourists of course, and many are surprised not only by the quality of the food in such a ‘tourist trap’ location but also by the prices – much more affordable for such a prime location. And few who have sampled the home-made gnocchi will have tasted better elsewhere.
So next time you are looking for an affordable place to eat in Hvar Town, take a seat at Mizarola and a glass of wine, and watch Hvar Town evolving in front of your eyes, from the one point on the pjaca that never seems to change.
And for that the citizens of Hvar are eternally thankful.