Offering a blend of historical, natural and modern attractions, Epirus is one of Greece’s most underrated destinations. From urban Ioannina and green and mountainous villages to coastal resorts and archaeological sites, it has everything to offer, including delicious restaurants and tavernas. Here are some of the top kitchens you should visit in Epirus.
To Koutouki Tou Nikola
Restaurant, Greek, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Το Κουτούκι του Νικόλα | Courtesy of To Koutouki Tou Nikola
In the lovely village of Metsovo, in the Pindus mountain range, travelers will find many enticing restaurants, but To Koutouki Tou Nikola, which means Nicolas’s little box, is a definite must-try. And once you’ve stepped inside, you will quickly understand why. While you are sure to find all the typical taverna dishes, also try the local delicacies, including anything with metsovone, the local cheese, or the hilopites (a sort of Greek pasta) in chicken broth or, if you are a meat eater, the lamb kleftiko. It is not surprising that To Koutouki is a favorite with locals.
Courtesy of Salvia restaurant, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas
Located in the Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Salvia has appeared in a series of magazines and online brochures. Why? It is simply one of the best kitchens in Epirus. With a strong emphasis on local ingredients, Salvia excels in serving dishes where tradition and innovation are the keywords. There you can try local specialties such as the galotiri—a curd cheese made with feta cheese, yogurt, and milk—and more, made with ingredients from the resort’s garden. You can also check out the cooking classes hosted at the resort’s farm, where you will get to cook with the garden’s produce.
The Zagori region is home to a wealth of picturesque villages, but beyond those, it has a host of delicious tavernas and eateries to discover. One of them is Lithos, situated in the lovely village of Dilofo. With simple yet delicious food, including local specialties such as galotiri and Epirotic pies, this little taverna, and its charming rooftop terrace, is definitely a great excuse to stop by Dilofo. Takis, the owner, will certainly welcome you with open arms and a kitchen filled with tasty and heartwarming dishes.
Located in Portaria, in Thesprotia, Vythos is a fish tavern where you can try fresh fish and other local ingredients. This eatery, located in the new marina, is known not only for its extensive menu but also for its fantastic views of the bay and the southern tip of the island of Corfu. Savor the tasty seafood, fresh fish and dishes of the day, cooked according to local traditions. Pair your meal with a bottle of wine and end it on a sweet note with a delicious watermelon preserve.
In the seaside resort of Parga, the lovely family-run taverna Perivoli awaits you with big open arms. It is exactly what you would expect from a local taverna, complete with delicious home-cooked food, a warm welcome, and a big smile. Whether you are in the area with your BFFs, your significant other or with your big family, Perivoli is a place where you will feel at home and where you can enjoy fresh fish and hearty local dishes.
You might have never heard of Preveza, but you won’t want to miss out on visiting it. This little seaside town at the entrance of the Amvrakikos Gulf and the Ionian Sea, connected to the island of Lefkada, will charm you with its relaxed atmosphere, island-like vibe, and simplicity. Furthermore, it is home to a lovely old town, a tranquil marina, as well as a plethora of restaurants, including Ventura Tavern, a seafood and fish taverna where you can sample tasty and fresh dishes cooked with love. Believing that food should be a culinary journey, Ventura excels with a unique menu, warm atmosphere, and great value for money.
Kanela & Garyfallo - The Mushroom Restaurant | Courtesy of Kanela & Garyfallo - The Mushroom Restaurant
The unique Kanela & Garyfallo Restaurant, established in the village of Vitsa, in Zagori, is an eatery focused on mushrooms. Perched at the entrance of the majestic Vikos Gorge, the restaurant sits inside a stunning old stone-built house, equipped with a cozy dining room and a patio where patrons can enjoy marvelous views of the surrounding nature. The menu bursts with flavors and textures, with mushrooms taking center stage, combined with locally grown produce and ingredients to complement their unique aromas. You will leave full and satisfied.