Tastes that make you feel like you are in a beachfront tavern sipping some chilled ouzo as the sea breeze cools you down. Ah, the taste of the sea. And there is no better combination than that of fried calamari, smelt, fry or anchovies to go with ouzo.
Most taverns in Greece and the Greek islands will offer these fine dishes that seem so simple and yet, they are so rich in taste and character. It is these flavours that make you feel that summer is finally here.
On Naxos, it is most common to serve these even as a brunch. It is very popular among the local population. It replaces lunch and they take a long time to enjoy it, extending the pleasure of the food, the view and the company. The fish is freshly caught by local fishermen who still insist in keeping this ancient profession alive. Of course, when the high season arrives, the demand is so high that the local catch isn’t sufficient to cover the island’s needs, so extra quantities are imported from other parts of Greece.
During your Naxos holiday, make sure you find a fish tavern with a great sea view. You will see that the food tastes better there. After that, all you need is a fine mood and good friends to share the food.