Famous Stani dishes include «moussaka» (a ground meat and eggplant casserole), «ampelourgos» (based on lamp), «yemista» (tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice and herbs), «yuvetsi» (meat with pasta served in a clay dish) and a variety of home-made pies like spinach, cheese or zucchini and «souvlaki» in an Arabic pita with a yogurt and garlic sauce called «tzatziki».
Try our barrel wine and of course our famous «mastixa».
With a culinary tradition 4,000 years old, Greece built its cuisine on a foundation of bread, wine, and olive oil. Greek food evolved every time Greece was conquered by other empires who introduced new ingredients and dishes, enhancing the already flavorful cuisine.
Greek flavors also draw from other cultures in the region. With hints of Turkish flavors and shared recipes, like moussaka, Greek dishes are a fusion of flavors. Greece also shares traditional ingredients with its Mediterranean neighbor, Italy, creating some overlap between Greek and Italian cuisine.
Santorini got its present half-moon shape in about 1,650 BC when a severe volcanic eruption took place. In the ancient times, the shape of the island was round and in fact, a myth says that Santorini was emerged out of the sea in a miraculous way. However, the intense volcanic eruption of 1,650 BC disappeared about half of the island, covered in ashes the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri on the south of the island and raised waves so high that reached the northern coasts of Crete and destroyed the Minoan towns there, including the famous Knossos Palace.