If you are planning a holiday on the paradisiacal island of Antiparos, you have probably already read about where to stay, what to do and when to visit this Aegean gem. What you might still have to figure out is what and where to eat in town. Whether you are a first class foodie, or in search for a quick bite, this island has a good offer of local tavernas and refined restaurants. Here we present three dining options on the Cycladic island of Antiparos. Three very different ideas to satisfy all kinds of pockets and tastes!
It’s no mystery that one of the main reasons for us to move to Greece lies on its food. Even living so many years in Italy – also known as a food paradise – we cannot resist the call of moussaka. There is nothing to do about it… We love Greek traditional food.
We love the kind of food that still has the taste of yiayia to it. The food you would seek refugee in, during a rainy day or in a cold winter night. Those wonderful Greek dishes, both great in hot and cold weather, because, you know, good food is always good food, despite the time of the year… Bon appétit!
The best place to find an authentic tradition of Greek food is Pavlo’s Place. A family-run taverna open since 1980. Here,dad cooks, kids serve and sweets are mom’s specialities.
You will be greeted by the most nice guy in town, Ben, who will open his fridge full of local meat, fish and sausages and will describe you the water-mouthering way those can be cooked for you.
He will also provide a gastronomic tour around the menu of the day, making think of impossible strategies to try everything you can. That’s sadly impossible.
So, our suggestion is to share, ask for different dishes and share them with your family so that everyone can taste a bit of all. You won’t regret a bite.
Our choice in Pavlo’s Place
We fell for the inviting psaromeze, a mix of fresh seafood cooked in a delicious sauce with potatoes and other vegetables. Our second dish was home-made goat in a wine sauce and potatoes in the oven. Tender, tasty and inviting.
For the kids loukaniko, the village sausages, a must-go option they loved with fries. Horta, or wild greens, as a side dish.
Finally, a dish that has made the place famous along the years, Chicken Pavlo’s. This is a roll of aubergine, bacon and peppers, and of course, tender chicken bites. A feast.
Pavlo’s Place also serve home-made wine (ask for their sweet wine and be ready to love it) and a very strong tsikoudia. This last one will come with exquisite freshly baked pastries
Price range: Excellent. Convenient price for outstanding food.
Service: Outstandingly friendly, kind and knowledgeable.
Atmosphere: Familiar, cheerful, relaxed.
Meet Greek Meat
We found this place by chance and we liked it very much. Pantelis Grill House specializes in different meat cuts, grilled meat, gyros, souvlaki and great salads. It’s almost at the end of the main pedestrian road of Antiparos, where the alley make a turn to lead you towards the Kastro.
An open dining area in the front of the restaurant, nicely decorated. White tones and inscriptions on the windows describe the advantages of eating meat.
Our Choice in Pantelis
Being our first night in town and extremely tired after a long day changing ferries, our decision had to be quick, satisfying and leave us ready to go to rest.
Regulars sized pork and chicken gyros, full of meat, tzatziki and resh vegetable left our kids as happy as they could be…
Kids are always happy when there’s gyros involved.
For adults, simply souvlakia, tomato and cucumber salad, regularly soaking in stunning local olive oil, and abundant French fries.
All in all, good quality, regular Greek food, as you might find on any island.
Price range: Good. Convenient price for regular food.
Service: Friendly and kind.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and great for families.
An exotic touch of Italy
After our previous declaration of unconditional love to Greek cuisine, this recommendation might look like a contradiction. Well, it isn’t. Sale Rosso is an outstanding Italian restaurant, really run by Italians.
This restaurant is in a very central position on the main road of the chora. Its colorful but delicate atmosphere proves really inviting.
Sicilian Rossella, the chef, was happy to present us with some of her specialities that recall the Italian tradition with a touch of modern techniques and twists.
Our choice in Sale Rosso
For the kids, the obvious was pasta al pomodoro (of which they have been in abstinence since we arrived in Greece). A very simple dished cooked the traditional way. No exotic touches that might scare tiny palates. Smart idea.
Adults, instead, were tempted with a variety of creative bruschette, including Italian cold cuts but also tomatoes and local octopus. They were followed by their special vitello tonnato: abundant, tender and delicious.
Finally, it was time to try their Polpo bastardo, octopus served with a cream of Italian taleggio cheese. A dish that, against all odds, was fantastic.
Italian wine, home made bread sticks. A traditional display of Italian desserts to end, as they say in Italy, in bellezza.
Service: Very friendly and kind.
Atmosphere: Perfect for a romantic night.
Price range: Though the food is excellent,
prices are a bit over the traditional Greek standards you might expect.
Well worth it though.
Three dining options on the Cycladic island of Antiparos
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