Paros is a welcoming island of Cyclades, world renowned for the whitewashed houses and the lovely beaches, the vibrant nightlife and wonderful sightseeing. But it also features some of the finest dishes in Greece, with the locals dedicating their love and care to create true culinary masterpieces. Let’s have a look at the finest Paros gourmet options, which will accompany you during your stay on the island.
Perhaps the most iconic dish in Paros is revithada. Chickpeas slowly cooked in a clay pot, typically overnight. They are let to simmer and gradually form a velvety texture. Chickpeas are so soft that they melt in your mouth, releasing their extraordinary juices and aromas. This is a very simple dish, yet encompasses the philosophy of the islanders.
Paros is also famous for the pies that are called “chortofouskotes” or “kolopia”. These are savory pies, usually made with spinach or other seasonal greens. They are made with fluffy dough, fried or baked in the oven. As you can imagine, nobody can have just one bite. Bringing out the freshness of nature at its best, they are great from early in the morning till late at night as after dance snack!
Greens cover a great part of Paros gourmet gastronomy. Either boiled and served as salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon or in a popular recipe called “kalfa with garlic dip”, you can never go wrong with such dishes. Just make sure to add a lot of lemon. The more, the better! And tryst the locals when they recommend a specific type of greens. They know!
Gouna is a local fish that is typically cooked outdoors, sun-kissed till it becomes crisp and extra tasty. Be sure to try it out with ouzo or tsipouro, as it is a flavorful dish and these spirits bring out the best in every single bite.
And of course, we could not leave out the desserts in Paros gourmet. Spoon sweets, almond cookies and a special type of baklava made with caster sugar will certainly conclude every meal in the most delightful manner. Welcome to culinary Paros!