Mushroom Gastronomy at the Northwest end of Greece

Gastronomy in small traditional villages has been of main interest the last years, especially for those who seek trying the alternative and modern Greek cuisine, based on local fresh ingredients. One of the ingredients that is found mainly in the mountainous areas is wild mushrooms. This time of the year wild mushroom picking is very popular  
Μushrooms Soup                                                            Photo source http://www.olivemagazine.gr/
Vitsa is one of the Zagori Villages Complex in the Northwest, and the best place to go if you like mushrooms. Kanela & Garifalo (meaning Cinnamon & Clove) is a gourmet restaurant with a panoramic view, that its dishes are based on locally grown wild mushrooms. The owner and the chef of the restaurant is a mushroom “scientist”. He uses quality ingredients to prepare his divine dishes and all of them are a taste heaven.  
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If you want to have a memorable unique meal that has nothing to do with the typical touristic Greek food, that is the place. Needless to say, that is an ideal place for vegetarians   Highly recommended dishes are Risotto, Chicken with ouzo and mushrooms.

The Oldest Traditional Greek Cafe, in Pelio

Traditional Greek cafes, mainly found in the small villages of Greece’ s mainland, are a meeting place for local people. You rarely see women in these cafes though, unless they are visitors.    Men meet up, drink their coffees or ouzo and tsipouro, eat mezes, play cards games, talk and argue about politics and football while smoking and laughing.  
Photo by perierga
  In the village of Lafkos, in Pelio there is the oldest traditional Greek cafe in Greece, Forlida’s Cafe. It was established in 1785. On the woodstove placed in the middle of the room,  chestnuts are roasted during the cold winter months for the locals and the visitors.
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