Tavern Vasilis

Written by on April 8, 2012 in I Eat Greece, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(tavernvasilis.gr/en) – Nafplio, Greece

How I heard of this place: Arriving in a city, hungry and ready to relax, it is my husband’s job to select the location of our evening meal. Chris chose Vasilis.

Type of cuisine: “The Greek traditional tavern “o Vasilis” was founded in 1989 as a little tavern, which over the years, expanded, modernized and harmonized in line with current requirements, but without changing anything about the quality and purity based on traditional Greek cuisine flavors.

The Greek traditional tavern “o Vasilis” is located in a completely renovated building at a centered location of Nafplio, in one of the most beautiful paved streets in the city.”

Ambiance: Located in one of those typically picturesque Greek alleyways that are mostly off-limits to vehicular traffic, Vasilis offers both indoor and outdoor seating to its dining patrons. Indoors the red tiles give warmth against the cooler yellow and green walls. One large, picture frame extends across the length of the wall on the left as you enter, with black and white photographs of the people and scenery of Greece. The stone wall opposite intrigues the imagination, allowing for patrons to come up with their own vision of what the space must have offered back in the day. A wine cellar is housed behind the wrought iron gates built into the stonefaced wall. “The tavern is housed in an old building in the most central part of Nafplion, in one of the most beautiful strollways of the historic town…totally refurbished in 1997, with all alterations and… improvements keeping in mind the traditional architecture of this part of the town, while providing all modern comforts…The dining area can sit 70-75 people during the winter season. It is fully climate controlled. During the summer, customers can enjoy their meal on the strollway which has been newly redone in 2005. Its beauty attracts both Greek and international visitors. Up to 100 people can be served outside.”

What I ordered: The two of us ordered and shared the following: Tzatziki (€3.50) and Potato Salad Country Style (€3). Wanting to sample as much as possible, I opted for the €16 set menu, which allowed me the choice of Moussaka or Pastitsio (we chose the latter), Greek Salad, Souvlaki or Pork Chops (I chose the former, chicken, with a side of rice and fries, and half a lemon) and a dessert (which was a surprise until the meal ended. Chris really wanted the Roasted Chicken (€6.50), which they were out of, so he ordered the Grilled Chicken filet with a side of fries and rice and half a lemon. We were so pleased with dessert: peeled, sliced apples topped with Greek yogurt, drizzled with honey and a dusting of cinnamon. Yum.

What I loved: My favorite, I have to say, was the Country Style Potato Salad, following, very closely by our dessert.

Why I loved it: The staff are very friendly and acommodating and, as with other European dining experiences, we are never rushed. We take our time, enjoying each bite of our two- to three-hour meal, while chatting, reminiscing and laughing, together.

Cost: Average (€6.50-€10 per entree)

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