Pestrofes Taverna in Ano Poroia
One of the most interesting places to eat in Central Macedonia is the Pestrofes taverna. Nestled in the slopes of Mt Belles, Ano Poroia is considered among the most picturesque villages in Greece. Not only is it arranged like an amphitheatre amidst enormous plane trees, it also boasts an incredible view of Lake Kerkini which spreads out below it.
The Pestrofes Taverna, whose name means Trout, lies a little outside the village in a plane-tree wood that has grown up on both sides of a stream.
In 1980 Dimitris Theodorakelis decided to leave Germany and return to his origins with his family and set up a trout farm. A better spot than Ano Poroia with its burbling waters did not exist. The beginning was difficult as he had no previous experience but nevertheless he managed to open the business just a year later. Initially there was no electricity so Dimitris created his own hydroelectric system with a home-made watermill, at a time when no one was occupied or preoccupied with renewable sources of energy and there was no institutional back up.
The taverna’s menu is rich, including not just trout cooked to order but also meat and cold cuts, as well as pork chops and beef steaks, all served in a magical place under the plane trees enhanced by the ‘song of the water’.
The trout are served as an appetiser as smoked with potato salad, aubergine salad, whipped feta and red Florina peppers but also as a main course either grilled, breaded and fried, or baked.
Whether you go in winter, in which case you will find a cozy welcome in the attractive stone-walled room warmed by a large fireplace, or in the rest of the year, when you’ll sit on the beautiful ledges where wooden tables and chairs have been placed under the deep shade of the age-old plane trees, you will enjoy superb treats made from first-class ingredients in a hospital setting of incomparable beauty.