Gastronomy in Alonissos
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world and here on Alonissos you will definitely indulge your gastronomic tastes!! Fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, seafood and other delights will entice you!! Alonissos is known as one of THE top islands for food – both in quality and variation – and definitely will not disappoint!!
Alonissos has many tavernas and restaurants scattered throughout the island – some on the beaches, in the old town, in Steni Vala, Rousoum, Votsi, Kalamakia and Patitiri. One of the reasons that Alonissos has excelled in dining is that over 90% of the establishments are owned by locals!! Specialties are the Alonissos Cheese pie, Lobster spaghetti (astakomakaronada) and Alonissos tuna – not to me missed!!!
The basis for the Mediterranean diet:
Grains: Bead (wholemeal or otherwise), pasta, couscous and rice form the base of the majority of meals in Mediterranean countries.
Fruit and vegetables: In-season products are selected and they are cooked very simply. In most Mediterranean countries the dessert is generally fruit.
Legumes and nuts: A wide variety of legumes and nuts, such as haricot beans, lentils, chickpeas, almonds, pine kernels, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc. are used in cooking.
Olive oil and olives: Olive oil and Virgin olive oil are used throughout the Mediterranean. The former is normally used for cooking. The latter, which is appropriate for all uses, is excellent when consumed raw to best appreciate its aroma and flavour and to benefit fully from all its natural components.
Dairy products: Cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products, with no special mention of milk.
Fish: offered as a first class protein, before eggs and poultry.
Red meat fares quite low in consumption and also of little importance, are sweets and pastries.
Wine can be consumed in moderation, primarily with meals (1-2 glasses/day).