Food culture on the island is alive and kicking and has also achieved world acclaim. You can find everything from the completely authentic and loyally old fashioned to the ultra modern, gourmet and molecular, depending on your tastes and mood.
The local cherry tomatoes that star in most local menus are grown by the air’s humidity rather than from the water in the soil, and offer a unique punch of flavor. They make for a perfect salad, often sprinkled with lots of juicy capers, or cooked up as the island’s famous domatokeftedes - tomato fritters that are hot, creamy and cheesy inside and crisp on the outside. The tomatoes are also served sun-dried in many recipes.
You can’t eat out in Santorini without seeing fava, a thick, yellow, creamy side dish made from split yellow beans, and today often topped with lemon and capers or caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar. This is an ancient dish that got its name from the days of the Roman occupation (favus is Latin for broad bean).
Fishing in the pristine cobalt waters surrounding the island is a tradition reaching back to the prehistoric era. Don’t forget to try brantada, a traditional fish dish that is made with a delicious garlicky sauce and aubergine, or fish marinated in rosemary and lemon. Garlic lovers should also try the island’s pasta made with browned garlic. And for those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on meletinia, which are like sweet cheese pies, or Santorini pudding with semolina, milk and chocolate.
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