10 May 2009
NIKOLAS, Fira, Santorini, Greece
Do not expect a sophisticated cuisine in this traditional place with a blue painted door and white walls, just as any other house of the Cyclades Islands, at the heart of Fira, Santorini's most populated town with around 2,000 citizens.
Unlike many restaurants in the island, Nikolas has not a view over the 'caldera', the breathtaking hole that the local volcano left in form of cliffs when it erupted around 1650 years BC, and that is indeed used by many as a tourist hook to overprice the final check.
Instead of this, Nikolas, a long-established restaurant where both locals and visitors like to go (and queue!) has no pretentions but offers an excellent traditional Greek cuisine such as rice stuffed zucchini, excellent home-made moussaka, fava (a tasty small yellow bean from the island which is served boiled and smashed), meatballs, some good fish, i.e., cuttlefish in wine, and fried saganaki cheese.
This family owned business is run by Nikolas himself, who is not especially extroverted at first sight but who becomes progressively confident and even ends up explaining you the menu in other languages than Greek...
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