If you're planning a visit to Zante during your holidays to Greece, don't miss the chance to gorge yourself on its delicious cuisine. Tavernas, restaurants and bistros abound all over the island, so much so that it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin.
The abundance of seafood found on the shores around Zante – particularly swordfish, mullets and small fry – make for a veritable paradise for fish lovers. Lamb is another speciality, marinated in homemade olive oil and seasoned with a unique blend of herbs and spices. Vegetarians will be in their element with the amount of salads on offer, as well as the many delicacies involving aubergines, tomatoes and courgettes, all topped off with tzatziki or other dipping sauces.
In Zante, food is at the heart of the community, so you can expect a warm welcome to your table wherever you roam. Here are five of our favourites to set you on your gastronomic adventure.
From the moment you enter the door, you'll feel like you're a VIP as the staff go out of their way to make your experience an incredible one, with a keen eye for details throughout your experience. From the presentation on the plate to the taste in your mouth, Massa has the feel of a Michelin-starred restaurant in the making.
Situated in Tsilivi, Micro Acropoli offers a menu dominated by all of the old classics of Greek cuisine, but with plenty of international options as well, including pasta, pizzas and children's options. The English-speaking staff are always quick to smile and happy to lend a hand wherever they can. And the cheap prices of the food belie its deliciousness, so you can expect to head home with a nice full tummy.
It's a sure sign of a good restaurant when you have trouble getting a table. Avoid disappointment by phoning ahead and reserving your place at this brilliant barbecue specialist in Argassi. Here the quality of the food is matched by the speed, efficiency and friendliness of the service. Due to its popularity, the interior of the restaurant can be crowded, so try and book an al fresco table if possible.
Two of the biggest pleasures of a Zante holiday are lazing on the beach and gorging yourself on fantastic cuisine. At Cool Peppers, you can do both at once. The location right on the water in Laganas means that you can relax on one of the many sunloungers until hunger overtakes you, at which point the lengthy and perfectly-executed menu will cater to your every whim.
The cosy and inviting interior of this charming Marathias restaurant sets the scene perfectly for an enjoyable dining experience.
The menu is perhaps on the shorter side compared to some of the other options on the island, but each and every one of the Greek delicacies on offer is cooked to perfection and modified with the restaurant's own unique twist on homegrown classics. The sun-drenched terrace overlooking the town and the sea beyond completes the experience.