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“Good cuisine, tasty but small portions”
Review of Taverna to Petrino

Taverna to Petrino
Ranked #12 of 76 Restaurants in Hermoupolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $18
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Very well located at a beautiful spot, with very friendly personnel and although its prices are not to be considered too low, its portions could use an upgrade. Other than that quite good.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This tavern was recommended by an old friend and for the last few years on our annual visits to Syros we always eat there at least once when we have a night out in Ermpoulis. It is a lovely location back from the harbour front in the L-shaped section of streets that are packed with tavernas. The food is always excellent, and I like it as it always has some liver on the menu - lovely melt in your mouth food! Has a good range of food suitable for all tastes. The service is great, the staff very friendly and sometimes they have live music on. And it is not expensive at all - great value. And you can watch the world go by on this very popular eating area. Has a great buzz.

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3  Thank John L
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

Had a brief stopover on Siros on our way from Naxos back to our home on Rhodes so, whilst waiting for our Blue Star Ferry, we had time to find somewhere to eat in Ermoupoli Town. We'd read about another restaurant on TA, in fact there are very few restaurants in Ermoupoli reviewed on TA, which we found odd.

Anyway, after traipsing around backstreets for half an hour or so we were well impressed with Siros Town [Ermoupoli], which felt to us very chic and more Parisienne than Greek, we eventually found the restaurant we'd seen reviewed and instantly knew it wasn't for us. Firstly the menu was all in English, secondly it wasn't very extensive and thirdly the whole place exuded a high-brow air, and this included a few diners seated out front, who seemed to be appraising us over their wine glasses and falling over themselves to look intellectual. The prices were pretty steep too, not that this would have put us off if the other things hadn't been wrong for us.

We wanted to eat traditional Greek and this place very definitely wasn't that. Lifting our eyes though, we saw before us a beautiful street, well, almost an extended platia really, stretching out from in front of this establishment we'd ruled out, but crammed with tables and chairs from other eateries, several of which were very traditional-looking. The second or third one along was the "To Petrino", which had a white A-board out front showing the specials, plus a very good and extensive menu of Greek food which one could read in Greek or English. The waiter didn't pressure us, but simply said if he could be of assistance would we please ask. So ask we did, since we'd seen several items on the board and in the menu that took our fancy.

The young waiter was extremely personable and so we decided to give the place a go. We ordered Fava, oven-baked aubergines with a pilaf-rice stuffing, tomatokeftedes and a green lettuce and carrot salad. They brought us complimentary tzatziki too. We ordered a half-litre of house wine after first asking if we could sample both the red and the white. Ilias the waiter was only too pleased to bring us a glass of each to try before deciding. We went for the red, which was very good indeed for a "bareli" house wine.

The helpings were huge and we couldn't manage all the food. The bill was well below 30 Euros and the service excellent. The environment was very special too. Whilst we ate, several other table filled up with Greeks, always a good sign. We asked Ilias if he'd heard of TripAdvisor but he hadn't. The other waiter, however, was his girlfriend and she had, but seemed to know that the "To Petrino" had as yet never been reviewed here. I promised that we'd soon put that right!

Whilst we ate their delicious and very good Greek fare, the dad also came out and asked us if everything was to our satisfaction, which it was. The only disappointment was that they were out of Gigantes (giant beans), which was why we plumped for the tomatokeftedes, which were delicious anyway.

If a restaurant is "out" of an item on the menu one should always temper the disappointment with the comfort that this fact shows that the food is freshly prepared and not "bought-in" and microwaved. If everything on the menu is always "on" then you can be sure that much of it is "warmed-up" and not prepared by the family in the kitchen.

The "To Petrino" was excellent in every way. My wife is half-Greek. We've lived in Greece for almost 9 years and we have visited every corner of this great country over a period of forty years. Modesty aside, we know a good traditional Greek taverna when we see one.

This one fits the bill. In fact, we called Ilias over when we realized that we weren't going to be able to finish the tomatokeftedes and the fava. Before we could finish what we wanted to ask, he caught on right away and offered to pack the rest into a foil container for us to take with us. We reached Rhodes at 10.15am the following morning, after an 11-hour crossing snugly tucked up in our cabin on the Blue Star 2 ferry. We got home at 11.30am and that evening dined on the leftovers from the "To Petrino", along with some fresh pittas and a little salad!!

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