October 2, 2002
…When we arrived one night, we walked through a private party and made our way downstairs to the cozy cellar dining room. There we met Wanda Radetti, who leads tours of Istria. Ms. Radetti, who said she was in the same refugee camp as Mrs. Bastianich after World War II, lives around the corner from the club and is a regular.
The clubs, she said, are ”our reaction to adversity.” She continued: ”We party, eat, drink and dance. When we come here, it’s like coming home. It’s the family some people don’t have here.”
…Ms. Radetti asked one of the chefs, Jasna Pusec, whether she had made any strudel that night. Alas, she had not, but we were more than content with the palacinka.
…Ms. Radetti was dancing up a storm. She looked as if she did not have a care in the world.
”Here, somebody will always care how you are,” she said…Read More
January 22, 2006
…Ms. Bastianich and her daughter Tanya, an art historian, offer custom trips to the region through their travel company Esperienze Italiane. But she also recommends Tasteful Journeys, a boutique luxury tour company founded by friend and fellow Istrian, Wanda Radetti.
Istria, Ms. Radetti says, is a rich ”mosaic of Roman, Germanic and Slavic heritage, history and ingredients which produces exciting culinary results.” In 2006 she plans to organize at least one trip to Istria with Milan Licul, a native of Labin who is the owner of two New York restaurants, Arno and Delmonico’s. ”Much of what you’ll eat in Istria is produced within a 10-mile radius,” says Ms. Radetti. ”There’s a man with a restaurant called Kukuriku in Kastav. Everything he cooks is from the area: the honey, the cheese, the mushrooms — and the lamb is from a nearby island where they feed on fresh herbs and the saltiness of the sea” …Read More
February 27, 2013
…“The sharp surge in traveler interest in discovering Croatia … has been keeping us engaged to full capacity,” said Wanda Radetti of Tasteful Croatian Journeys in New York, noting that bookings to Croatia spiked during the months of January and February by a whopping 80% compared with the same time last year.
One interesting twist Radetti has noticed is that clients who typically don’t use retailers are reaching out to her travel agency after trying to research the destination online. “The online resources are plentiful but still a bit confusing … and they are finding Croatia a challenge to navigate on their own,” she said…Read More
July 14, 2007
…Visit Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast after August’s tourist onslaught. As native Wanda Radetti, Condé Nast Traveler’s 2006 top destination specialist for the country, urges, “You want to hear your own footsteps reverberate on the cobblestones.” Ms. Radetti’s New York-based agency, Tasteful Croatian Journeys, provides customized itineraries, chauffeurs and guides for trips through one of the most pristine areas of the continent, where the luxury travel market is still growing…Read More
February 27, 2013
Croatia is fast on-track to becoming New York’s fave holiday destination. According to the Croatian National Tourist office in the Big Apple, Croatia was ranked as the fastest-growing tourism destination for New Yorkers. And says Travel Weekly, Croatia last year saw 12.3 million visitors with 70.3 million overnight stays, an increase of over 5% and 6.4% respectively. Wanda Radetti of Tasteful Croatian Journeys in New York said her company had been “engaged to full capacity” with the influx of interest and that bookings to Croatia in January and February was an enormous 80% compared with last year…Read More
July 20, 2015
If you’re an intellectually curious and sophisticated traveler who loves experiences and private, customized, chauffeur-driven travel, consider booking your next adventure through NYC based Croatian travel expert Wanda Radetti. Wanda returns to her native Croatia four or five times a year to continue exploring the 1,185 islands off the country’s coast. She can point you toward Istria’s most savory truffles, introduce you to the lamplighter who uses a long wick to illuminate the gaslights of Zagreb’s Old Town, and wrangle invites to the Grand Masked Ball during Carnival in Rijeka…Read More