Giannis Tavern (Halki)


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Giannis Tavern (Halki)

Take a seat in the shaded leafy square in the very heart of Naxos and tuck into an authentic Greek culinary creation. Meat and chicken are the focal points; these are accompanied by a variety of sides and traditional layered dough spinach and cheese pies.


Perhaps surprisingly for an island, Naxian cuisine is known more for its meat than seafood: grass-fed beef, lamb, goat meat and poultry often feature as primary dish ingredients on the island restaurants' menus. Try the Naxian specialty Easter dish called "patoudo" — stuffed lamb meat with herbs, often served with the celebrated regional potatoes. Meals often start with a round of small plates called "meze". These are made with seafood, meat, and vegetables. The island is also known for locally-produced wines and cheeses like gruyer, arseniko, xynomizithra, xynotyro and mizithra.