I have had the privilege of coming to Skiathos since I was a child and have seen the place mushroom into the mecca of tourism it is today. It was therefore with delight that my daughter and I stumbled upon this slightly off-the-beaten-track gem on the evening of 15th August 'Panagia' day, one of Greece's holiest. It was like walking through a time warp. Lighting reminiscent of a bygone era revealed a simple and reassuringly unpretentious table layout, encircling a space that first acts as a thoroughfare through the restaurant. Warmly welcomed by the beaming Aggela, the whirlwind owner and chef, we were placed at a table on the terrace. Around us about six or seven parties were in full swing; a healthy balanced mix of Skiathiti, long-stay foreigners and curious tourists. The wine flowed. As toasts punctuated the island music, the food was brought to the tables. Salads of all varieties, cheese saganaki and a plentiful array of delicious melitzano salata, tzatziki and spicy cheese. Then the ceremony began: the roast goat, specially prepared for the occasion arrived, to hoots of enthusiastic appreciation. My daughter said it was one of the tenderest and tasty meat dishes she'd ever eaten....I thoroughly agreed. We were later witness to something rarely seen on the island nowadays; the sight of true locals filling the floor with dance, together and individually, as if it were their last dance of their lives. This was not a hard act to follow. A couple of tunes later, the foreigners were up there doing the same. This was an evening to remember, more so as it was entirely unexpected. Just goes to show what happens when you wander off the beaten track.....sublime.
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