When visiting the stunningly picturesque island of Santorini, it is impossible not to be inspired by its culinary offerings. From traditional favorites like fava, tomato fritters, and Santorini salad to contemporary dishes such as freshly caught fish, seafood, and tantalizing meat dishes, Santorini has something for everyone. If culinary adventures have been calling your name, here are 10 flavors you won’t want to miss during your visit:
1. Fava: A puree of split peas traditionally served as an appetizer with a drizzle of olive oil, capers, and red onions.
2. Tomatokeftedes (or tomato fritters): Fried balls of tomato goodness served as an appetizer or side dish – simply irresistible!
3. Santorini Salad: A delicious and refreshing dish that is perfect for hot summer days. It consists of fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, capers, and caper leaves, tossed together with feta cheese and olives, and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and fresh oregano.
4. Kalamari: Try the local version of this popular Mediterranean dish made with freshly caught squid – perfect for sharing.
5. Grilled Octopus: A popular delicacy in Santorini made from freshly caught octopus char-grilled to perfection best enjoyed at a picturesque restaurant, by the sea.
6. Fresh grilled fish: A popular dish served in many of Santorini’s restaurants and tavernas, made with the freshest and highest quality local fish, typically caught by local fishermen in traditional fishing boats. The fish is simply seasoned with salt and lemon before it is grilled to perfection.
7. Spinach pie: A delicious and traditional dish of Greece, also popular in Santorini. It is made with layers of filo dough filled with spinach, feta cheese, and herbs, baked in the oven until golden brown and crispy. It can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or light meal
8. Moussaka: A classic Greek meat dish made with layers of minced meat, eggplant, and potatoes topped off with a rich béchamel sauce for an irresistible flavor.
9. Dolmades: Vine leaves stuffed with rice, fresh herbs, and spices – a delicious vegetarian treat.
10. Melitinia: Delicious tartlets, with soft, sweet cheese, very similar to the Cretan Kaltsounia, usually offered in celebrations such as weddings, festivals, and the Greek Easter.
Experience Santorini’s culinary delights and you will never forget the gastronomic journey you have taken around this stunningly beautiful island. Bon appetite!