When in Paros, you will not only be blown away by the picturesqueness of the settlements and the turquoise waters of the sandy beaches, but also by the mouthwatering local cuisine; Paros can boast about its traditional dishes, all created on the principles of the Mediterranean diet using fresh ingredients and raw materials of the finest quality. While here, do not miss to try the following:
“Karavoloi” (or “Karavoles” as it is known) is a special dish using snails. Though many might think that this is an unusual choice, snails are a great source of protein - and a very tasty one! The best version is “mpourmpouristoi”, cooked in tasty tomato sauce.
Gouna is a special technique where specific fish varieties (such as mackerel, bonito etc.) are sun-dried until their lose all retained waters and then grilled. The taste is incomparable, as the flesh acquires a unique texture and depth of flavor because of the prolonged exposure in the sun.
Patoudo is a signature meat dish, when the entire animal (usually a lamb) or parts of it are stuffed or accompanied by “entrades” (cooked vegetables). The stuffing is a mixture of rice, dill, cheese and chopped liver, firstly fried and then cooked in wine.
All Cyclades are renowned for their skillfully made pies, which showcase the unique local products - and Paros could not be an exception. The ones that stand out are definitely the zucchini pie, as well as those filled with cheese (touloumotiri, olive cheese, mizithra etc.).
Salatouri could definitely be a dish featuring in the menu of a gourmet restaurant, as it is a warm salad with ray. The taste is very special, and it is perfectly accompanied by slowly cooked, oven-roasted chickpeas (delightfully sweet).
If you happen to have a sweet tooth, then you might want to read this carefully; zaharobaklavas is a baklava variation using ground almonds and honey that melts in your mouth. Do not forget to bring a box back home - if you manage to not eat it while waiting at the ferry queue.