Sunset views and volcanic beaches may be the highlights of Santorini, but this cosmopolitan Greek island is also a foodie’s paradise. Apart from the many tavernas serving traditional delicacies, Santorini boasts a wide range of other options. Whether strictly Italian or with a Greek twist, these restaurants serve the best pizza on the island.
Open since 1988 in the seaside village of Kamari, Il Forno is Santorini’s number one meeting point for Italian food lovers. This cosy trattoria serves traditional Italian pizza, as a whole or by the slice; you can choose between the Roman, thin-crusted kind or the Neapolitan, thick-crusted type. Pasta is served strictly al dente, and the portions are generous. Don’t leave without trying the creamy pasta salad with fusilli, chicken, peppers, corn and yoghurt sauce.
With its minimal yet elegant surroundings, Convivium guarantees a relaxed dinner on its spacious terrace. Next to the typical Italian and Mediterranean dishes – including home-made pasta and sinful desserts such as panna cotta and tiramisu – there’s a vast selection of pizzas to choose from, with classics such as margherita as well as more peculiar ones such as crudaiola (topped with bresaola beef and parmesan flakes). All are best paired with a glass of local vinsanto wine.
Not a pizza restaurant per se – it also serves omelettes, sandwiches and burgers, among other things – Pizza Edwin is nevertheless the place to have one of the most delicious pizzas on the island. This cosy family restaurant offers a wide variety of pizzas, from simple ones such as the classic prosciutto to more elaborate pizzas topped, for example, with Santorinian tomatoes, caper leaves, courgettes and feta. Frutti di mare is the go-to for seafood lovers.
In the photogenic Firostefani, the highest part of Fira (stefani meaning “crown” in Greek), you’ll find Da Vinci and its charming terrace overlooking the Aegean. The restaurant’s succulent antipasti – such as the bruschetta focaccia with tomato, garlic, basil and olive oil, or the Italian sausage with broccoli, chilli and citrus oil – serve as the perfect primi piatti to a delectable Da Vinci pizza or porcini risotto. Da Vinci’s sommelier is your trusted wine guide for the evening.
Right on the shores of Agios Georgios beach in southeastern Santorini lies Terra Nera, a family-friendly restaurant that specialises in Mediterranean flavours. The primary culinary influences here are Greek, so prepare to find Greek-style, thick-crusted pizzas such as the four-cheese pizza, covered with abundant mozzarella and gorgonzola and ideal for vegetarians. For dessert, try the waffles topped with chocolate and strawberries. Order food at the beach, to be enjoyed on your lounger, overlooking the water.
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