Just a few kilometers away from Nafplio in the beautiful village of Lefkakia you can find the incredible tavern Psalidas. Vicky is a well-known cook famous for her special dishes; all made with extra care and fresh ingredients.
A cozy scenery
I make a turn inside the village and I arrive in Psalidas tavern. I read "Vicky's specialities" and there she is coming out in the yard, smiling, wiping her hands on her apron; she has just finished with pans and pots and my presence gives her a reason to take a breath away from the kitchen, that she loves so much. We sit in one of the ten tables covered with checkered tablecloths. The arbor above us prevent sun rays pass through. The yard is so neat, so cute, with simple elements that make a difference, such as purple flowerpots on one wall and others lying around me. From first sight I adored the preserved wooden green shutters of the tavern.
Friends here write history
Once you enter the tavern you’ll believe to have been teleported back in time, in an old grandmother’s home in the village. The low ceiling with the wooden roof, the large black and white photograph depicting Lefkakia at 1955’s are stealing the impressions, lot of Kazantzidis pictures - here the first "Kazantzidis Club of Argolis" was founded about 10 years ago - of Dionysis and other folk singers seen on the walls. Vicky explains to me that before 1955, here there was an old "oinoposeion", an old house where the men were sitting drinking wine, ate olives, talking, laughing ...
A cook not like others
The tavern opened 15 years ago, when there was no other in the village. It took its name from the nickname of Vicky’s father in law. Vicky is a special case cook, speaks English, French, Italian, has graduated of the School of Tourism, discusses politics and cooks great. Started cooking from her early years, she decided with her husband George to open the tavern. The menu catalog here is not often presented, as Vicky always cooks something new and change it, depending the season. Vicky likes to sit among the clients and describe everything about her dishes!
Let's move on to the tavern's menu. What among Vicky's specials are you going to have (take a deep breath and read)? Chicken cutlet with an amazing sauce (don’t ask for the recipe -she will not reveal her secret), lamb with potatoes, meat in the pot slowly melting, gaining all the juices and aromas, tomato sauce, beans, lamb fricassee with artichokes, artichokes "alla polita" for vegetarians, lamb in parchment paper, fried potatoes freshly cut by her hands, burgers and meatballs of pure meat for the children, meatballs, noodles, spinach and "tyropitari" in foil that she makes herself, "tempelotyropita" and souvlaki, ribs and a lot of meat varieties. In the winter at the modified menu you can enjoy herbs that George picks from the mountain -as a hunter, he knows from good herbs (also origan, savory and thyme), served cod with garlic, thick chops, rotisserie meats. Greek salads made with local, fresh products (with such delicious smells!), potato salad and more.
Life has such a sweetness...
I warn you, here you will eat large portions in low prices, and as she and George say "why come if you are not hungry?". Don’t forget to try the amazing desserts, all made from Vicky: spoon sweets like wild fig, orange, cherry, quince, bergamot, bitter orange, strawberry, lime, cherry, apricot, grape, depending on the season, the jars of spoon sweets are always full!
Here you will enjoy fine Agiorgitiko wine and the excellent variety of "Moschofilero" from Ancient Mantinia.
Did you know that?
The village used to be called "Spantzikou", from the name of a Turkish "Aga". Renamed Lefkakia (means poplar), obviously because here there were seen many poplars...
Between us, Vicky makes her own "mizithra" cheese... Ask her if it’s ready, so you can taste it...
Take away, Dessert, WiFi
June 16th to October 25th, open every day: from 14:00 until 23:30.
October 20th to June 15th, open every day except Tuesdays: from 17:00 until late at night and Saturdays - Sundays from 14:00 until 23:30.