Summer is approaching and like every year, many of my clients ask me a crucial question: where to eat well in Skiathos? For my future guests and for all of you who have chosen or perhaps will choose this destination for your summer vacation, here is my subjective answer to this recurring problem.
1) The traditional “souvlakia,” which are made of “gyros” of pork or chicken meat, marinated and wrapped in a pancake called “pitta”. This meat can be topped with tzatziki, pieces 7.62×39 hunting ammo of tomatoes, onions, and even in some cases, French fries (in this case, being a Belgian, frankly, I’m not sure it was their best idea). All souvlakia are not good, some of them are even inedible and to avoid you any bad experiences here are some of my favourite “souvladzidika”. The first one is called “Time out” at the beginning of the Papadiamantis Street, the main street down town, on your right as you face the harbour. The second one, “Alexandros” is closer to our villa at the end of the main road, just before taking the” periphériakos “on your left.
2) The pizzas: there is a very good pizzeria at about 500m from the villa. It is called “Ta boubounakia” and is a bit off the corner of the main road and the road that leads to Platanias Valley. The pizzas, cooked on firewood, are delicious. My favourite is the Greek one (sorry for the Italians) with peppers, tomatoes, olives and, of course, feta cheese. You can order by phone, pick them and eat them on our lovely terrace.
But I imagine you have not come to Greece just for souvlakia and pizzas. Greece, in everyone’s mind, means small square and wobbly tables, covered with a paper tablecloth, where we drink a glass of retsina or ouzo, at sunset, with some “mezedes”, while listening to the lapping of the water and chasing from time to time a cheeky mosquito, right?
To Bakaliko: This restaurant deserves a special mention: the food is good, it is open all year and the team is young and very friendly. Greek Mum’s cooking, at the right price, and at the edge of a crystal clear sea. It is called “To bakaliko” which means the grocery store in Greek. This explains the somewhat eclectic and old-fashioned decor, which will certainly surprise you. Pleasant in winter as in summer, the tavern proposes excellent “mezedes”, mainly based on seafood. I recommend beans “Mavromati”, served with anchovies and fragrant dill. A delicious and surprising mix!