Spiros Taverna, Stroggili, Cofu
Last week my girlfriend & I went on holiday to Corfu. We booked a week at the Marbella Beach Hotel, and paid for the all inclusive package. We just wanted something cheap and easy. The hotel was really nice and the food was surprisingly OK. But it was your standard hotel buffet fare and thankfully we decided to go for a walk one day, and we were in for a real treat!
We walked inland from the hotel, over the hill and in to the valley behind the hotel to the village of Stroggili. It’s a tiny place with a few houses, 3 tavernas, a church and a shop. As we were walking through a man sat outside Spiros Taverna waved at us and said hello - a man who turned out to be Spiro himself. On a whim we decided to sit down for a drink and a snack. Thank God we did!
Spiro was a lovely, interesting guy who was born and raised in Stroggili. He served us a carafe of his home made white wine along with tzatziki made from local yoghurt, a greek salad made from vegetables from his garden (covered in his own delicious home made olive oil), and cured anchovies his wife had cured herself the day before.
It was so amazing to taste such simple, honest, delicious food. In fact it was so good we booked a table for dinner 2 evenings later. He asked us right there and then what we’d like, giving us a run down of his specials. I ordered shoulder of beef with home made greek pasta (I forget the name) and Miffy ordered some fish.
We turned up on Wednesday night and were fed food even better than on the previous visit. Spiro was our host and his wife was our cook. Spiro had even gone out that morning to the local fishing village to pick up a fish just for Miffy. And to round the evening off we were treated to their son playing greek hits on his guitar.
So, long story short, if you ever happen to be in Cofu I would highly recommend searching out Spiro and his wife, and tasting some of the wonderful food they have on offer. It’s not haute cuisine but it’s good, honest, local food. I think you’ll struggle to find better on the island.