Pelion: casual lunch under the mulberry tree at Kritsa
If you find yourself in Volos, or Pelion better yet, and are looking for some comfort food for lunch, then Kritsa should be at the top of your list! Don't fret the busy uphill roads of Portaria - the level of noise will soon fade out as you walk towards the main square and sit in one of the tables outside beneath the century old mulberry tree. Just make sure you hav a reservation prior to visiting to avoid dissapointment!
Ideal for lunch outside when the sun is shining, but also pretty cosy and warm indoors during the winter days, Kritsa is certainly made out of the owners’ love for food and great hospitality. We didn’t have time to cater to the latter, as the establishment also hosts guests on the top floors of the old stone-built gastronomy hotel. Nonetheless, we did feast over lunch on a sunny Sunday!
The menu offers everything you would expect from a traditional grill house or taverna in Greece. The highlights you shouldn’t miss out on are: kritamo (a strong-flavored Greek seaweed) salad topped with pomodorini tomatoes, homemade traditional phyllo pies (ask for the special of the day!) and any sort of meat you’d wish for!
We opted for the assortment of meat (touristy indeed but quite practical) which was astounding - especially the chicken! Pasta was decent but certainly not the best we’ve had. Other nice picks were the country sausage, some spreads and grilled mushrooms. Whatever the specifics of the food offering here may be, anything is nice when the sun hits your face as it goes down on a happy spring Sunday.
In the end, Kritsa offers their signature dessert to cleanse your palette. Baked chunky apples seasoned with cinnamon and powdered sugar -a must have!