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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: lunch & dinner 11:00 - 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.
CHEF IVICA KATIĆ
Ivica Katić chose his life path at a very young age. His favorite childhood activity was cooking with his family and playing in the kitchen. As a young man Ivica chased the knowledge around the world, striving to learn, to gain experience and grow. He enjoyed immersing himself in many different cuisines; experiencing different cultures, tastes and techniques.
Today with more than 10 years of chef experience Ivica is still in search of excellence. His respect for produce and nature drives his every day. His food is a reflection of his character and his experience. Even though his favorite is still the local cuisine and his focus the Mediterranean, little twists and touches are present everywhere on his plate.
Let us surprise you.
We created a unique experience in a 1700-year-old setting where history, passion and food come together. Our cooking represents an authentic mix of rich Mediterranean cuisines 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 – the 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.
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.