Fertile volcanic soil, lashings of sunlight and a plenitude of fresh seafood have made the little island of Santorini a haven for the itinerant foodie in Greece. If this weren't enough, despite its relatively diminutive size, Santorini has an extensive history of wine production which dates back to the Middle Ages, squeezing out sweet, Italian-influenced tipples from its full-bodied native grape varietals to complement its fresh Mediterranean dishes.
Romantic sunset supper: Ochre
Set within one of the traditional whitewashed buildings that give Oia, a lovely retreat for couples, such character, Ochre restaurant is the perfect spot in which to savor a glass of fragrant Santorini wine while bathed in the long light of a setting sun. Sample perky seafood, crisp salads and traditional dishes worth lingering over. Its welcoming atmosphere (staff will bring you a blanket when the air chills at sunset!) can only be enhanced by its location.
Tapas with character: Melitini
Don’t be fooled by the low prices and simple setting, Melitini consistently enchants those who visit, turning passers-by into affiliates with its combination of authentic Greek dishes presented in tapas-style portions with attentive service. Order a few different dishes and share: it’s the best way to enjoy this laidback, pleasant little eatery.
Cheap eats by the beach: Terra Nera
Simple, delicious treats are always dish of the day at Terra Nera, a no-nonsense beachside setting with a hyper-chilled vibe. A typical meal might constitute a fresh hamburger with handmade chips, a few brightly colored cocktails and some creamy gelato for desert. For the quality of the offering, prices are ridiculously cheap. Get yourself there!
Special occasions: Aroma Avlis
A leafy outdoor terrace garden forms the backdrop to meals at Aroma Avlis, which has enjoyed consistent adoration since it opened in June 2014. Fresh, quality seafood and refined Greek cuisine are paired exquisitely with lovingly curated wines in an atmosphere that’s nothing short of magical. The perfect place in which to set the last evening of your vacation, its location in the Artemis Karamolegos Winery will be especially pleasing to lovers of the grape.
Santorini, not only is it a paradise, it’s a terrific place to enjoy some fine cuisine. The sunshine and tasty food make it a smashing destination. Of course, the only way to find out is experience it for yourself, so what are you waiting for?
Images by Klearchos Kapoutsis and Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho, used under Creative Commons license.