More than 100 Years of Gastronomic Tradition
Aktaion - Writing gastronomic history since 192218-06-2022 23:08
More than 100 Years of Gastronomic Tradition
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
Turning time 100 years back to 1922 when Lefteris Roussos decided to rent the place in Santorini that has hosted Aktaion Restaurant until today. Every afternoon, farmers and miners on their way back home stopped for wine and delicacies in Aktaion Restaurant in Santorini. A small feast took place every day and Aktaion’s visitors sometimes did not even return to their homes, leaving their wives wondering where they were! In the Aktaion kitchen we find Mr Lefteris wife, Mrs. Irene. The years might have been difficult but love and purity can be felt everywhere in Aktaion Restaurant.
From the 50s to the 70s when pop-up feasts were the rule and the first discovery of the caldera began... We are now in 1948 when the son of Lefteris, George and his wife Argiro wrote their own story, keeping the flavor and architectural character of Aktaion Restaurant unchanged throughout the decades that were responsible for the restaurant. George and Argrio were the first to truly pamper the island's first visitors, who began to arrive and explore the magical scenery of the caldera.
In modern Santorini with visitors from around the world and the deification of beauty...Somewhere in the mid 80s, in 1984 particularly, Aktaion Restaurant in Santorini passes to the third generation of the Roussos family, Vangelis Roussos, a love that emerged gradually as he admits, and one that still lasts until today . Vangelis Roussos continues the work of his grandfather and father in a place that has changed very little with the only addition being his paintings and carved creations, but still preparing the same delicious dishes for the abundance of Santorini’s visitors and offering genuine Greek hospitality.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary, we got creative and prepared…. Three anniversary menus, strictly with traditional recipes of Santorini. Three anniversary wines representative of the famous vineyard of Santorini. I thank you warmly for choosing to join us in our journey to the second century of Aktaion
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