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Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 23
Find us: right next to the entrance to Diocletian’s basements from Riva (South Gate)
Opening hours: dinner 18.30-01.00
ZOI is a place to explore a world of senses while comfortably lounged on our terrace overlooking the harbor, with a glass of rare wine and gentle summer breeze kisses. Every day we aspire to create an unforgettable experience through our delicious fusion foods, which combine authentic mix of rich Mediterranean cuisines infused with a taste of history.
Tradition, innovation and gastronomic excellence in a unique 1700 years old setting where history, passion and food come together.
Coming from a long family tradition of cooks and food lovers, Marko Rajilić, choose his life path at a very young age. His most important childhood memory is of his grandfather serving him delicious homemade produce from the land he worked in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For Marko, nothing ever in life tasted as good as the pears his grandfather would carefully pick, wrap and left to mature for 3 months to be eaten next to a crackling fire in the cold fall evenings. “It was sweet like honey, creamy like no other texture, unforgettable. I was never able to repeat that taste from childhood.” Through this he learned that chasing the best produce is to chase nature itself, and no matter how we try to control it nature will always have the final say. He learned to obey the seasons and the land like a servant obeys his master.
For him tastes and smells are how he experiences reality. “Nothing makes the senses feel more alive than the act of eating, and nothing makes more sense than to enjoy a good meal.” He is an artist at heart. His plate is expression of him, of this region, of this beautiful town, of east and the west; perfectly melting into an artwork.
Let us surprise you.
We created a unique experience in a 1700-year-old setting where history, passion and food come together.
Our fusion foods combine authentic mix of rich Mediterranean cuisines from the east to the west infused with a taste of history. For more than a thousand years kings, solders, merchants, and slaves came and left their mark on life (ZOI - greek word for life). Life in Split was shaped through time by these cultures and individuals and through our food, we hope to tell their story. The melting of these very diverse yet very interconnected nations. The melting pot experience.
ZOI is a place to explore a world of senses. A place where music, conversations and the city sounds melt perfectly together while comfortably lounged on our terrace, with a glass of rare wine, and gentle summer breeze kisses.
We strive to achieve and maintain such distinction in food, wine, service, atmosphere and setting that our restaurant gains a first-class reputation for gastronomy, gracious and informed hospitality, comfort and beauty.
We live to exceed your expectations and surprise your senses.
FLOWER OF LIFE
A 19-circle symbol, a Flower of Life. The pattern appears in historical artefacts from the 8th century BC onwards. It can be found in Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and Hindu temples and in Roman mosaics and Islamic art. It is so widely present, it belongs to everyone.
PART OF HISTORY
If you have been or will visit this wonderful place you have or will be told all about its rich history. History of Split is a very big part of who we are and why we are. It is a stone we built our idea on. This place is our home, it is what defines us, what roots us and what makes us fly.
ZOI is situated on the south wall of the Diocletian’s palace where the emperor's apartments were located. The emperor's apartments formed a block along the sea, right behind the palace wall in ZOI. We love that Emperor’s Triclinium (dining room) was right here next to us giving this place a special historical energy for enjoying the elaborate dinners, philosophical discussions and partying.
If you did not know Triclinium is a roman dining room. It is a Greek word for three couches, literally. The three couches were wide and each accommodated three reclining diners while household slaves served multiple courses rushed out of the culina (kitchen). During the cena (dinner), there would be musicians, dancers or poets entertaining the guests. Roman aristocrats would spend hours in the triclinium having serious conversations about politics, business and other important matters.
After the Romans abandoned the site, the Palace remained empty for several centuries. In the 7th century, nearby residents fled to the walled palace and since then the palace has been occupied. Split has been on a cross road of many empires and has therefore been a part of many cultures: Rome, Venetia, Byzantium, Croatia, Hungary, France... We hope to tell their story. The melting of these very diverse yet very interconnected nations. The melting pot experience.