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Though there are some standout Kefalonian restaurants located smack-bang in the middle of the busier resorts, often the best places to eat in Kefalonia are hidden away in places that get little tourist footfall.
In the small and charming village of Assos, for instance, sits the traditional restaurant of Platanos (in the main square), which serves up excellent seafood and meat dishes. And in Fiskardo, the family-run Tassia Restaurant (Fiskardo waterfront) has attracted a celebrity following thanks to its selection of dishes built around local Kefalonian ingredients.
Wondering where to eat on Kefalonia’s Paliki Peninsula? Try Spiaggia Taverna (Vatsa Bay) at the peninsula’s southern tip. Repeatedly cited as one of the best dining options in Kefalonia, this restaurant promises superb fresh fish and exquisite bay views.
No matter which of Kefalonia’s restaurants you choose to dine at, odds are they will have some local wines on their lists. And though some 48 different varieties of grape are grown in Kefalonia, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: robola.
This grape, which produces an aromatic dry white, was brought over by the Venetians and has been cultivated on the island for over 800 years. Don’t stress too much about what to pair it with while on the island, though. The age-old mantra: ‘what grows together goes together’ applies here, so any fresh-caught seafood, island-grown olives or locally-made Kefalonian cheese will be a match made in heaven.
If you want to further broaden your knowledge of Kefalonian wines, be sure to try fruity muscat and the rich dry red mavrodaphne. For something more potent, ask for tsipouro (raki), a strong, anise-flavoured brandy.