Santorini is an absolute traveler’s delight! Picturesque sunsets, amazing beaches, beautiful villages, white, blue-domed churches, all make for an amazing idyllic getaway from the stress of daily life. In addition to all of these, the one thing that puts Santorini on their map is the amazing local food. For those who know how to enjoy life (“foodies”), Santorini does not disappoint on local cuisine.
Santorini’s cuisine and local Food is characterized by dishes that contain ingredients, which are indissolubly linked to the Mediterranean diet. Due to the volcanic soil, the agricultural production of the island offers unique culinary delights, satisfying even the most demanding palates.
Here are 4 local foods that you have to taste when you visit Santorini.
- Fava Santorini
This is the most famous dish on the island. The fava comes from Lathyrus clymenum, a local variety of yellow pea. The creamy dish is usually served warm with olive oil and lemon and sometimes topped with chopped onions or capers. Fava is perfect as a healthy main meal or side dish.
- Tomatokeftedes Santorini
One of the most popular appetizers you can taste in Santorini is the tomatokeftedes. Those tomato-balls are deep-fried Santorini cherry tomatoes mixed with herbs, onions, and mint. They are served in every restaurant/taverna.
- White eggplant of Santorini
White eggplants are quite rare and very sweet. Our suggestion is to choose eggplant salad with white aubergines. Every small or big restaurant on the island has white eggplants in the summer. Don’t miss the chance to taste them!
- Melitinia Santorini
“Melitinia” is a traditional sweet of Santorini. These sweet treats offered at various festivals and weddings. They are made of hand-prepared pasty stuffed with local soft cheese called “myzithra” and yogurt. You can find them in the traditional bakeries of Santorini. Ask for them and try to pour some honey on the top!