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Zante tavernas in Zakynthos provide some of the best meals in Greece.
With a wide variety of traditional food on the menu, you can be sure
that the Zante tavernas will cater for your taste. There are also a
number of international cuisine restaurants located in the resorts
around Zakynthos. Whether you fancy an American, British, Indian, or
Chinese meal during your holiday – you are bound to find it in one of
the Zante resorts.
Zante Tavernas also serve all of the iconic Greek meals such as moussaka, kebabs, pastitsio and fresh fish. You won’t be disappointed with these traditional Greek meals – they are always packed with flavour and fresh ingredients in Zante.
The cost of dinner for one, not including drinks, usually starts at around seven euro for a basic meal. Prices vary depending on the quality and location of the restaurant, and of course depend on what you choose to order!
The main tourist resorts offer a selection of traditional tavernas
and more modern international restaurants. However, to find the most
authentic Greek tavernas, you might be advised to head outside of the
main tourist resorts. For example, one of our favourite hidden Greek
tavernas in Zakynthos is the Akrotiri Taverna, located on the coastal
road between Zante Town and Tsilivi. This little Greek taverna serves
fantastic food, while you sit under the grape vines, in this no frills
fabulous Zakynthian eatery.
Souvlaki can be made with pork, lamb or chicken and is traditionally grilled on a skewer. You can have souvlaki straight from the skewer or in a in pita bread with tomato, onion and tzaziki. This is a staple Greek meal and always delicious!
Lamb in the Oven
Lamb in the oven in Zante is really diving. The lamb is basted in garlic and very slowly cooked to perfection. The end result is soft, tasty meat, often served with oven cooked potatoes. Another Greek speciality.
Feta cheese is made from goat's milk and is often served on top of a fresh Greek Salad, or on its own to accompany another Greek plate.
Green and black olives are found in abundance in Zante, with olive groves all over the island. Olives are found in most salads and delicious olive oil is drizzled over many of the plates on the menu. Zakynthos is actually one of the largest producers of Olive Oil in Greece!
Tzatziki is a Greek specialty, consisting of yoghurt, cucumber and lots of garlic. Traditionally this dish is served with souvlaki, fries, bread and well just about anything else you can think of. It has a pretty intense garlic flavour, but is a real Greek staple – you have to try it while you are here on holiday in Zante.
Octopus & Kalamari
Seafood Octopus and Kalamari can be found on both the starters and mains sections of the menus. You can have your octopus grilled, soaked in vinegar or fried in batter. Another typical Greek Island dish not to be missed!
A plate of warm, home cooked, traditional Greek moussaka is normally high on the list of things to try when visiting Greece. The dish is made up of layers of minced meat, aubergines and white sauce. Similar to lasagne, but with a distinct Greek twist, this meal is almost as well known to Greece as beautiful beaches and ouzo!
While you are trying all of the special local cuisine, you might want to taste the native drinks too.
Typically village wine, red or white, would be served with lunch and dinner in Greece. Some of the best Zakynthian wine is the Solomos Wine brand – they have really distinct flavours, all made in Zante with locally grown produce. You might like it so much you’ll have to take some home with you.
Greek Mythos Beer is always popular with tourists holidaying in Zante. There is no shortage of Mythos on the island and you will notice lots of people enjoying a cool Mythos on a hot day.
Later in the evening Ouzo is very popular. Often drank after dinner, this is an aniseed based drink. If black liquorice is to your liking, you will probably love a glass of Ouzo. You can drink straight or dilute it with water, it's up to you.
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