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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Italian Cuisine in Greece

Aloha Everyone,

Italian cuisine can be found almost anywhere in the world. It is often described as Mediterranean and, of course, Greece is also in the Mediterranean. The dishes have many similarities such as seafood and lots of olive oil.

J.J. and I found two excellent Italian restaurants:  

Amici’s is located in the island of Naxos along the main restaurant corridor. It is an unassuming place. The owners, Olti and Megi are extremely hardworking. They are originally from Albania which used to be a colony of Italy before WWII. Olti has been in Naxos for 20 years and Magi for 14 years. They have two children. Aside from Albanian, both speak Italian, English and Greek. So far we’ve dined at Amici’s three times and on each occasions, J.J. finished his plate exclaiming, “Ah, that was a great meal!”

On Syros, our Italian restaurant choice is AMVIX located on the waterfront of Syros a few steps from our hotel. Originally a warehouse of the port, it was then converted into a distillery. A very popular restaurant, the place was always packed especially their outdoor sitting where diners ate, drank and smoked with their friends. The food is what you would expect Italian families to serve during Sunday lunch. We enjoyed stews cooked and served in earthen pots and spaghetti.

Aloha -- Cathi