O Giorgis (Melanes)

Naxos

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O Giorgis (Melanes)

The standout establishment in east-of-the-Hora village of Melanes, O Giorgis serves very decent home-made Greek cuisine to those who happen to pass through the settlement on a hiking route. Try one of the pot stews, or — at the weekends — savour a piece of whole-roasted pig.

Dining

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.