Walking around the beautiful, picturesque alleys of the old town, just above the port, I was intrigued by a particular tavern. The setting is like from an old Greek movie: tables with red-orange tablecloths, placed on the side of the narrow street, between flowers and red-purple-fuchsia blossoming bougainvilleas. The temperature was high, but the flowers created a natural coolness, like which there is none in the old town. We waited a while, until a table was found. Fortunately, luck was on our side and we soon sat down.
A small Byzantium... in Nafplio
I looked at the sign of the restaurant: Byzantio (pronounced in Greek: Vyzantio). Its history in Nafplio begins in 1998, when Svetlana and Dragan decided to create their own gastronomic paradise, "marrying" Greek with Serbian cuisine.
The Menu looks rich and well informed: fresh handcut potatoes -that you can rarely find now days- handmade appetizers, Serbian dishes, coal roasted meals, pasta, nicely cooked traditional meals –different every day- variety of salads made of fresh vegetables. You can also enjoy fresh fish in the summer.
Looking at the list, I was struck by name and immediately asked what this schnitzel is, which also has a surname! It is named after the famous King Karageorge of Serbia, "Karadyordye" in Serbian. Is stuffed with ham and a Serbian cheese, that Mrs. Svetlana makes herself. Served with a unique sauce. Every description fails before it. Try it and you will remember my words.
Did you know that?
Every Friday and Saturday (from Thursday to Sunday in the summer) you can enjoy your food with live music.
Don't forget to ask about the sweets of the day.
Try the "lamb fricassee" specialty, accompanied by the "Byzantio" salad.
If you prefer meat, then also ask for "pork with peppers", a hearty dish that melts in the mouth.
Take away, Dessert
Greek and Serbian kitchen
May – September: Everyday from 12:00 until 01:00 in the morning
October –April: Everyday from 18:00, Friday -Sunday from 12:00