We found the Salt and Pepper Restaurant thanks to the help of the Manager of the Blue Dolphins, who told us that it was Number 1 in Fira for modern Greek cuisine. After five meals there, we agree completely. Greeter and waitress Irini and her gifted chef husband run this small but very choice and busy restaurant. Located on the main road in Fira Fierastefani, the restaurant draws on what Salt and Pepper's business card indicates are Greek, Italian, French, Russian, and occasionally Chinese sources to produce a compelling local cuisine that keeps you coming back for more. Your experience starts with a warm welcome from Irini, who hands out free appetizers, tastings, and other goodies as well as hugs and welcomes. Her husband makes only the finest slow food, including lucious homemade bread; endless excellent mezes from creamed yellow fava lentils with garlic and dolmades to at least 10 excellent and unique salads as well as stellar entrees. The entrees are of all sorts from mixed grill or lambchops, to grilled vegetables and stuffed eggplant, to rissotos and pastas, to all the classics of Greek cuisine including amazing souvlaki and moussaka. This is truly both excellent and generous dining--if you want to substitute or add something, Irinia makes it happen, usually at little or no cost. They could not be more generous with options and with portions, which are both sizable and succulent. We always received a free appetizer and often a free desert during our meals at Salt and Pepper. To enhance the experience, Irini had funny local stories to those interesed in hearing them. Irini and company not only care for locals and visitors, but also have adopted an adorable stay mutt called Pandora, who travels all over Santorini by herself (sometimes by bus). We met Pandora in Oia at the fortress where we fed her as a seeming stray, then were surprised to see her the next morning a full eight miles away as she charged down the pathway towards Fira at a very good clip. Irini has very amusing stories of this enterprising and wide-wandering mutt who looks a bit lke a bison frrise gone feral (but saved from the wild by good cooking and Irini's kindness). Irini and her husband care for and feed this animal with the same generosity and good will that they provide to all their guests. Most island visitors will find this a fabulous (if somewhat informal) local restaurant that both provides memorable food, wonderful stories, and is clearly important to the local community. We strongly reccomend Salt and Pepper.
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