Café Koulis: Café Koulis
One evening it was raining cats and dogs (or as we say in Greece it was raining chairs!). So, we just hopped into the café next to us.
There were plenty of tables but not many customers. We checked t the menu and noticed they have many desserts.
The first one we took was portokalopita (orange pie ) a cold refreshing pie that is popular during the summer but can be served warm in winter. A ball of ice cream would make it perfect but I decided to skip the ice cream and try one more dessert.
The second one was an ekmek kataifi, a bread pudding dessert from turkey that is popular in Ioannina prefecture as most of the Turkish desserts (due to Ottoman occupation for 4 centuries). I didn’t enjoy this but maybe I was too excited with the previous dessert :)
Most desserts were at about 4-5 euros
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Tavern ASTRAKA: Tavern ASTRAKA
We had great lunch here. It’s not a very big place and can easily get packed but we were lucky to find a table near the fireplace in the evening (earlier in the day it was impossible).
We ordered Kontosouvli (9e, it’s typical all over greece, large pieces of pork cut from the bone, served with potatoes we liked it a lot), season salad(5e, maily cabbage and carrot), galotiri(3,5e lovely anyway, it is something very typical all over Ioannina region and goes perfect with any kind of red meat instead of yogurt), chickensoup(6e, one of the best soups I had for long time, it was great during that cold day), and finally a tasty spinachpie (6,5e) that we loved so much that we took a portion with us the next day (6e). These pies are very typical in this part of Greece and you can find many different fillings apart from spinach or other local greens it can be cheese, chicken, meat, mushrooms, milk, pumpkin or just a simple flour pie)
We also had wine from Zitsa (5e for ½ kg)
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café Antalki: café Antalki
We arrived at Mikro Papingo early in the morning, it was still a bit cold and we were desperate for something warm. This café which is part of a hotel has a large room with many tables, you stand next to the fireplace or near the windows and enjoy the breathtaking view.
Unfortunately as in most places in Papingo the prices are on the touristic side.
They have the usual coffees: greek (2,5e), espresso/nescafe (3,5), cappuccino, freddo, freddoccino (4e), hot chocolate (4,5e), several tea (3,5e), fresh juice (4,5e), soft drinks (3e).
If you need some alcohol they have beer (3,5e), whiskey/conac/vodka/rum (5e) but you can also try the local strong drink called tsipouro (2e) or the lovely rakomelo (2,5e) which was great during that cold day.
If you are hungry they offer omelettes (5-7e), Small or big variety of delicatessen (6-10e), toasted sandwich (3,5,-4,5e), pites(greek pies) (5e) and some desserts (3-5,5e)
Service was quick and friendly and we appreciated that the drinks came with 2 desserts (typical during Christmas in Greece)!
There were lots of board games to spend some extra hours here :)
LOCAL FOOD AT DILOFO
We visited Zagoria during the month of October and not many places were open as it was off season. You will be lucky to find anything only in the bigger towns: Papingon, Tselovo. Some locals tip us about a nice coffe shop in Dilofo.
I was surprised to find a beautifull renovated restuarant with delicious food. Everything was fresh and portions bigger than expected.
You will not get an extensive Menu so be prepared to be flexible.
Favorite Dish: The home made local wine was great .