Traditional Cuisine of Astypalea

Wed 14 Apr 2021

 You may be forgiven into thinking that such as small island would not be able to offer visitors an interesting variety of restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars and even night clubs, but you’d be very wrong, as this small butterfly island offers a wonderful range of different types of food and entertainment, including a fascinating trek where you go foraging for herbs and wild plants in the mountains above Chora, the main town on the island.


"Poungia" (cheese pie made from kopanisti cheese and honey), preserved fruits (quince, fig, bitter orange, bergamot orange), turnovers, "rantista" (lentils cooked with finely grained dough and vinegar), stuffed vine, cabbage leaves or courgette flowers, various local cheeses such as "ladotyri", "myzithra", "chlori", a type of yoghurt called "xyalina", lobster with spaghetti, octopus balls, fish, goat stuffed with rice, liver finely chopped and cooked with spices known as 'lambrianos", yellow bread rolls "kitrinokouloura" with 'chlori' cheese and saffron and pies known as 'lambropittes". 

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