Patmos’ local cuisine will enthrall even the most discerning connoisseurs. There are mouthwatering appetizers, main courses and desserts that make the most of the island’s local produce. Natives of Patmos take pride in their one-of-a-kind dishes that never fail to sweep visitors off their feet.
Vegetarians will love the variety of excellent dishes offered throughout Patmos’ many traditional tavernas. Local specialties include melitzanes gemista, which are eggplant slices stuffed with wonderful local cheeses and herbs. Another dish you mustn’t miss is a fried platter of chickpeas and eggplant. Peppers stuffed with spiced herbs make up another mouthwatering dish that vegetarians will find delightful.
Appetizers will definitely not disappoint either. A variety of local cheeses are a must at all the quaint tavernas. Try Patmos’ unique cheese pie, or Patmiotiki tiropita, which is stuffed with wonderful local cheeses inside a fluffy crust shaped like an apple pie. Though tiropita is a staple food throughout the country, Patmos’ version is unique.
There are a number of traditional Patmian desserts that will satisfy even the most demanding sweet-tooth. Along with orange and lemon spoon sweets and preserves sourced in local orchards, you must try pouggia, which are little sweets made of phyllo pastry stuffed with almonds and walnuts and sprinkled with caster sugar.
Wine enthusiasts will delight in the fact that Patmos is reviving its viticultural tradition. Locals are proud of a new plan designed to restore vines and vineyards in the region of Petra. Called Patoinos Plan – or Wine of Patmos Plan – its aim is to focus on local varieties and bring out the region’s unique flavors. Make sure you order a bottle of wine with the Domaine Patoinos label – you’ll be part of a new revolution in Patmos’ vineyards. If you’re interested, go to their website. www.patoinos.gr