Ios might be small island but has a big culinary tradition and products that you can find only here! The people of Ios have developed a series of dishes and created some delicious products with extra care and love. If you allow us a small comment about the gastronomic scene of Ios, then we can easily say that in the restaurants and the tavernas of Ios you will simply taste everything: from local specialties to creative Mediterranean Cuisine proposals. For more details on this subject read the article about the Restaurants of Ios and let us recommend you the dishes and especially the products that make Ios a unique gastronomic destination.
Cheese. The cheese production in Ios is quite developed and gives a series of cheeses based on traditional and local recipes of cheese making in Ios. Ios’s cheeses are famous for the uniqueness of tastes. We provide the names and types of cheese you should look for when you are in Ios. Mizithra of Ios is among the most popular that you will find easily and taste in salads. The Kefalotiri of Ios is a spicy cheese and the Ksino is a creamy white cheese. Do not miss the Skotiri cheese made with a variety of other cheeses and herbs.
Honey. Honey production in Ios gets more and more organized. The honey of Ios is produced from thyme and has light gold colour, rich aromas and lovely taste.
Other products. Capers, oregano and fava (a type of beans) are among the products that grow in the soil of Ios and have a distinctive taste.
Based on fresh fish, vegetables and the variety of meat the dishes of Ios are offered in restaurants and taverns across the island. Probably the most famous dish is tsimetia, made with zucchini flowers stuffed with rice found more often in late spring months. You must also try croquettes made with chickpeas, the sun dried little fish and all dishes made with local meat that, believe us, are delicious. Look for the local, handmade pasta called Matsi and Mermetzeli (handmade orzo).
Based on local honey, the Pasteli, made with honey and sesame, is a powerful snack for all day long. For your sweet tooth Ios also suggest Kalasounia, fried bite size pastry filled with Mizitrha cheese, eggs and sugar, the Cycladic speciality called Amygdalota, made with almond, egg, sugar and rose water. Search also for the sun dried figs powdered with sesame.