Josip Broz Tito was the Yugoslav political leader for four decades, from 1941 to his death in 1980.
This extravagant communist was in fact a charming gentleman.
He socialized with power-players and celebrities of his time: JFK and Nixon, Queen Elizabeth II, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.
Belgrade food tour Eat Like Tito introduces you to his most private persona. You will taste what Tito was eating when the lights went out.
We start at Tito’s museum-mausoleum aka Museum of Yugoslavia. This is one of the top attractions in Belgrade. We skip the lines and take you for a private tour.
Here you will grasp the grandeur of Tito’s public persona. A map showing that the entire world attended his funeral.
Unique memorabilia of the cult of personality – relay batons handed to Tito on his every birthday, at a massive celebration at a football stadium.
Our favorites are Tito’s personal objects. They introduce us you the dandy side of this communist leader like no other.
The museum is located in the upscale Belgrade residential area called Dedinje. Tito lived at the residence next to the museum. Since the 1920ies, the neighborhood is home to the elites of Serbian society, capitalist and socialist alike.
The next stop is the tavern owned by Belgrade’s culinary legend, chef Mića. Mića was Tito’s personal chefs, responsible for thousands of formal dinners, but also for Tito’s personal favorites and comfort food. A true insider.
This is where Tito gets more human and personal. You will taste two courses that were Tito’s favorite comfort food. A pastry from his homeland and a meat dish Mića invented for Tito. You can’t taste these anywhere else but on this food tour in Belgrade!
Finally, you get hands-on. You will learn to prepare the super-steak that led chef Mića to Tito’s auspices.
Learn the story of Karađorđe Steak and how to make it. It’s still one of the absolute favorites of Serbian and Yugoslav cuisine!
You will soften the meat, stuff it with the Serbian superstar dairy product kajmak, roll it and frying it so it keeps its particular shape. We will also decorate it as per Mića’s original recipe, as there is a story in that as well!
The cooking class happens in a relaxing atmosphere of a homey private garden, in an authentic Belgrade residential area.
A dictator or a superhero, an idol or a villain?
Tito is without a doubt one of the epic personalities of the 20th century. A Slovenian born Croatian national, his pre-WWII life is quite mysterious. Tito led the Yugoslav partisans and communists to the victory in WWII and led the state in the decades to follow.
Balancing between the Western and the Eastern blocks, Tito secured one of the rare long periods of peace and prosperity on the territory once known as Yugoslavia.
Adored by the Yugoslav people and respected by the major statesmen of his time, partially due to his world-class propaganda that included the movies with Richard Burton and Orson Welles and his ruthlessness with the political opponents, Tito remains a gigantic figure in public memory.
A communist leader like no other, he enjoyed all that a life of an uncrowned king had to offer.
Besides eating and learning about Tito, you will better understand what Yugoslavia was about and why many of us are still nostalgic about those times!