Passing through the village and along the port we have noticed that some tavernas and restaurants are doing a booming trade while others remain empty. Since we are basically a community service we’d like to mention some of the places with good food that could be doing better. (Everyone should get a plug, of course, but we thought that the following deserved a little push. No need to mention the spots which consistently do well.)
New this year is Seaside – wedged between Muses and Spitalia above the town beach, it serves good Greek food with a twist and has a genial staff. Daphne has already been twice. Likes it.
The oldest continuously running taverna in Skopelos, Ta Kymata (Angelos), suffers this year from being the last restaurant on the port. Even those adventurers who have passed up Gialos, Klimataria and Molos find the ‘hard sell’ at Kyratso’s Kitchen difficult to get past. This is unfortunate for Ta Kymata and for diners wanting good food, really friendly service and a view of the sea.
Olivo wins the hidden-in-plain-sight award. Hemmed into a corner next to the tank building at the old olive press site towards the post office, this year the small pleasant garden restaurant has a reputation for very good food and quiet atmosphere.
Peparethos on the ring road near Aperiton Hotel has been serving grilled meat and other goodies in their pleasant garden for over twenty years. Quiet, relaxed and with cooler temperatures on hot nights because of its location in the countryside.
Short listed, as we are not sure if this summer is boom or bust for them, as follows:
the perennially overlooked Gorgones is open in its unique courtyard space with an imaginative menu, while its new neighbour Finikas has recently re-purposed as an all-day (and evening) sandwich bar also offering (usually excellent) Greek dishes, including made-as-you-watch Skopelos cheese pies, veg pies and more.
Blessed with outdoor seating in summertime, the aesthetically Spartan Ampeliki above the town beach has also been consistently excellent since it opened last autumn. The concrete interior can be tough on the ears during winter, although new decor is helping baffle the clamour.
We agree with others who have enjoyed snack meals such as home-made pies and sandwiches at Rosemary near the Alkistis Hotel on the Staphylos road, and there are regular visitors to the island who aren’t aware of what Rosemary is offering so haven’t been. So go!
And last but not least is quiet and unassuming Stella’s, almost at Glyfoneri Beach. Sometimes busy, sometimes not, Stella continues to cook good tasting taverna dishes with vegetables from her husband’s garden plot across the road. Order her cheese pie and she’ll mix the dough and fashion the pie and fry it on the spot, just for you. Amazing.