City: Pyrgos Kallistis, Greece
Address: Santorini, Pyrgos, Pyrgos Kallistis 847 00
Date: August 4, 2013
Tales from my travels: Another day on the magical island of Santorini. We started out by heading over to Monolithos beach whose fine black sand and crystal clear waters set it apart. Later we headed over to the volcanic beach of Kamari where you can just relax on a beach chair or take a stroll along the water’s edge (shoes highly recommended due to hot black sand and pebbles). And finally it was lunch time. I had previously chosen the restaurant Selene located in the village of Pyrgos Kallistis or simply Pyrgos. It is found on a hill giving it the advantage of spectacular views. Its labyrinthine streets and protective fortresses were built around the medieval Venetian castle. We were surprised to find that there was very little tourism in this village. Selene is an award-winning restaurant that was established in 1986. It offers traditional cuisine made with local produce and even has cooking lessons (I would like to return one day and try one out). I think what first caught my attention was the name of the restaurant, which comes from a Greek goddess of the moon who fell in love with a mortal prince; she put him under an enchanted sleep in order to keep him forever young and to be able to watch him every night (I love Greek mythology). Nonetheless, the food was spectacular and this definitely was one of our favorite restaurants from our trip to Greece. Each plate was a work of art. As an appetizer we ordered Grilled Cholera Cheese Wrapped in Wine Leaves; I can’t even start to explain how ridiculously amazing they were. As a main course I ordered Kalogeriko Pasta w/ Chicken, Tomatoes and Basil. Had we had a tiny space in our stomachs for dessert we would have ordered one. They do have some vegetarian options but I believe the menu changes every so often. Do NOT miss this restaurant if you find yourself in Santorini!