Eating out

Eating out in Greece is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite different from what's found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetable.

Typical dishes include fried meatballs, squash balls, octopus, shrimp, squid, olives,cheese, stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki (garlicky yogurt and cucumbers), giant beans, eggplant dip and small sausages.

You can find mezedes at an ouzeri (serving ouzo) or at a mezedopolio (serving locally produced wine or beer); both of these types of restaurants are open only during the day.

For the evening meal, Zakynthos tavernas serve such specialties as stifado (braised beef with onions), moussaka (lamb, eggplant and bechamel sauce), kabobs, pastitsio (lamb or goat meat with macaroni and tomatoes) and paidakia (grilled lamb or goat chops).

A lot of restaurants, Greek Tavernas, ouzeri, you will find in all tourist areas of Zakynthos. The cost of dinner for one, start at 6.00 Euro plus drinks.