Tinos is beautiful with its wide array of villages here and there. And when the sun is scorching amidst the summer afternoon heat, there’s no better retreat than a traditional piazza and some homey-cooked dishes at Kounaria. A family run taverna in the heart of the tiny Aetofolia village is definitely worth a visit.
Coming back to Tinos is always about discovering something new. The island is very rich in its culinary treats and, thankfully, there are still some restaurants that offer the best of the Cycladic cuisine and not some funky new twist or fad that will evaporate by next season.
Ta Kounaria was established in 2013 when Josephina and Christos decided to convert their family place into a well run kitchen and taverna emphasising highly on traditional food. Getting here early in the afternoon is an absolute must as tables tend to get reserved fast, so make sure you budget accordingly.
The menu is not that long but regardless you won’t need it. All of their salads are fresh enough to pick your favourite – we had some of their special artichokes soaked in olive oil and served with capers, as well as a Greek salad with their homemade local cheese. Their main dishes are oh so yummy – think beef stew in tomato sauce or goat stew in lemon sauce (both served with fries for an extra kick!). But we also tried their cheese puffs which were perfect!
Dessert was off the menu for the day as we were quite full, but we’re definitely gonna come back!