Sta Fys’ Aera Taverna at Aetofolia
Aetofolia (Eagle’s Nest) is a hamlet with just 20 inhabitants that was built on the saddle of land next to Voria to Vouni, in the face of the prevailing north winds. So much so that one of its neighbourhoods is called Fys’ Aera or ‘Wind Blow’. In this part of the hamlet, at a crossroads, there was once a grocery/taverna from 1938 to 1986. Some 20 years later, in 2004, a local resident named Nikos Sklavos bought the half-ruined building and in 2012 he opened his own eatery with the same name as the original, Sta Fys’ Aera (In Wind Blow).
Nikos, who has degrees in Tourism and Hospitality had worked in those fields in Greece and abroad. But at some point, feeling stifled by city life, he decided to return to his parents’ village.
“I worked hard to put the building back together, leaving the pre-war cement floor, the grocery cupboard and a cabinet but all the rest I made from scratch. From the time I was working in Chicago, I had a tremendous desire to acquire a jukebox and so as soon as the place was finished I brought one over, it was the last ones in operation in Greece”.
It is really moving to see the jukebox in perfect condition and playing the hits of the 1970s. And often you will find music lovers with their instruments gathering here and having a splendid time, particularly in winter around the fireplace. As for food, Nikos cooks mostly local dishes with local ingredients. We especially liked the scrambled eggs with artichokes, which were exceptional (with onions, tomatoes, green and red peppers), the pork with orange and honey, and the Tinos sausage with wine and lemon. The prices are very reasonable, while the quality and the service are of a very high standard. In fact, one of the pluses of the place is the four languages spoken by Nikos and his wife, Katerina.
Sta Fys’ Aera taverna is open winter and summer and when Nikos takes a break, he drives north to cook for his friends in France and Switzerland, who are also his customers on Tinos.