Eating & Drinking in Alonnisos

This might be a relatively small island, but it has thriving culinary traditions and that will delight the gourmet enthusiast. Seafood is of course a major ingredient on the island's table, and a small fleet of fishermen supplies it daily with fresh fish. The quality is so good that it is sold for premium prices not only in Athens, but also in fish-loving Japan. Delicious options include sea bream, white bait, red mullet, swordfish, octopus, squid (kalamari) and prawns. Alonissos is also known for its lobster pasta as well as the high-quality tuna that will appear often on menus across the island. Octopus on charcoal, called Kakavia, is another must if you're into seafood.

 

In the meantime, goats running around in the lush wilderness are producing decent amounts of milk, cheese and meat to cover the island's need to some extent. In summer you can buy cheese directly from the farmers at the harbour of Yerakas. One of the famous cheeses here is Mizithra, a sharp salty goat cheese that is sprinkled on pasta in Greece. Local produce grown on Alonnisos includes almonds, figs, grapes and olives, so if you come across these products and learn they were cultivated on the island, consider trying them.

You must absolutely stop at the Ikos Women's Cooperative on the edge of Patitiri for a selection of gourmet delights. Homemade cheese pies (tiropita), custard pies (galaktoboureko), spinach pies (spanakopita), local almond cookies and many other goodies will have every visitor taking out his or her wallet. There are also preserved fruits in jars that the Greeks call Spoon Sweets, and the apricot comes highly recommended. Delicacies from pickled tuna to sun-dried herbs are also at the shop.

 

In general, the restaurants and tavernas usually offer very good Greek fare and seafood, in addition to a local fried or baked cheese pie that looks like a huge ring. The food in Patitiri may be a bit more authentic than the more touristic Palia Alonnisos, but dining in Palia Alonnisos is also a must to feel its vibrancy, delight in the traditional architecture and experience the views from higher ground. There are tavernas on many beaches outside the main towns, such as on Rousoum beach very close to Patatiri, or farther away and delightfully authentic in the harbour of Votsi. A good day option is the lone restaurant overlooking the gorgeous sandy beach of Chrissi Milia. Steni Vala and Kalamakia with their handfuls of different seaside tavernas are great options to drive to.

Sweeten your palate with a variety of sweets served here and there on the island. These include walnut pie (karidopita), amigdalota (almond biscuits), loukoumades (donut puffs topped with honey), rice pudding, hamalia, and others. Traditional bakeries and sweet shops will add to the choice.


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