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52, Argous & Charilaou Trikoupi str., Nafplio Argolis, GR 211 00
+30 27520 47135
matinakoskina@gmail.com

Passport for familiar destinations is the food, familiar but also unexplored, still mostly uncharted, and the Sokaki Deli seems to be the crossroad to the enjoyable routes of tastes...
A h​​​​ybrid store, a delicatessen with European aroma and exotic touch, as at the same time a grocery store of a new concept, which praises the authenticity of Greek flavors: Matina Koskina's new creation (a friend from the Sokaki café -owner- and a fan of good life in every meaningful aspect), that came in April '21 to astonish our gastronomic quests and to exceed our highest expectations; in Charilaou Trikoupi and Argous streets, in a central location, where a Greek supermarket used to be housed for a number of years; a busy passage, a corner, which turns into a favorite corner.

With taste as a passport
Two olive trees growing in large ceramic tubs and rows of dried plants hanging in the air, welcome me to the entrance of the Sokaki Deli. The space is large, high-ceilinged, spread out in many generous square meters, like a whimsical airport, with shelves full of exquisite flavors, playing in front of my eyes like a bulletin board with countless destinations.
I take in hand a shopping basket, ready to travel the route that Matina set out alley to alley, test by test, with personal contact with significant small producers in Greece and abroad.
My first stop is the show-window of cheeses and cold cuts. It is an imaginative walk in the alleys of Apiranthos, with a little masculine black of Naxos; in the persistent treats and lyre melody of Crete, with gruyere with red pepper flakes; in the sunsets of Galissa and Delagratsia (Syros island), with the gruyere San Michali of Syros; in grandma's kitchen from Smyrna, with a slice of Miran pastourma; in French bistros like jewels with a bite of Roquefort; or watching black and white Italian films with bites of caciocavallo, Parma prosciutto and bresaola.
Memories awakening from the lethargy of the past - a déjà vu of hidden desires and the fervour of new experiences: a piece of cheese, a few figs opened in two, a glass of rosé wine. Happiness is a simple affair after all…

Beauty, spread everywhere
The ethnic decoration by Anastasia Plessa asks for a short pause in my journey. A large Buddha, with dried red peppers hanging around his neck, ignores the song of birds in the cages. A bit further, large tables that have come from distant countries, with an emphasis on wood, are as if dressed up for a Sunday table, with beautiful dishes, wine bottles and all sorts of goodies. Hanged lamps dressed in knitted braids shed their light on the shelves, which are framed by tree trunks. Antique furniture opens their shelves and windows revealing delicious secrets. In the background, a wall in fiery red color presents, like a wine connoisseur, a careful selection of wines and drinks.

The mornings of life
On the shelves for the breakfast, Greek coffee flirts with the spoon sweets from Prosymni, Lemnos and Ikaria. The Greek mountain tea and the pottage with organic rose petals turn a blind eye to tahini, almond butter and peanut butter (oh, that “thenutlers” peanut butter! ...). The jars of handmade jam can't wait to be opened and generously laid on slices of freshly baked bread, while Greek cereals compete in taste with English muesli.

The first impression
Hampstead organic English teas “caress” my aesthetics with their packaging, while the Belgian organic cookies Generous steal my heart, while (yes!), when I try one, I remind myself to emphasize in the content. And yet, I cannot… How can I not smile in front of the smart packaging and names of the Nutorious nuts from Samos, with the delicious almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts?

My Greece!
I put in my basket some “Petromylos” rusks from Trachia (Argolis), Dourundous toasts from Sfakia (Krete), 3-4 Voskopoula pastels from Kefalonia. Oh, my Greece, what amazing products you make! A bit further, I find legumes of Kozani, fava of Santorini and lentils of Englouvi, flavors of designation of origin; humble ingredients, that acquire extra value with their authenticity.

The sharing of the beautiful
I dream of an evening with friends on the terrace with few and fine delicacies. This would be another basket, to look at the variety of products and think of recipes and forks rattling on the plates.
Covered with a white traditional-cut tablecloth, the table will be filled with glasses of iced tsipouro and snacks with anchovies and Ortiz mackerel fillets. The “Nineli” pumpkin pie from Epirus will have just come out of the oven and will arrive together with the shrimps with kadaif. The fresh salad, overflowing, fulfilling, put in a deep, ceramic bowl will be delighted with the herbs, spices and red oil flavoring with pomegranate and cranberries. The handmade pasta from Antonopoulos farm, provocatively delicious, will stand alone on a large plate, while next to it the honeyed pork will thank the apple chutney "Goumenisses" for the ideal match. The special beers will arrive frozen at the table, for the friends who love to try something different every time, and the bottles of wines from Nemea will remind us how blessed our place is and us, who live here.
It is really worth to taste life, to recollect, to try new experiences, to let go, to share, to discover places like this; an Alley (Sokaki in Greek) from where everything will start and everything will naturally return…

Did you know that?
You will find a wide variety of bio and vegan products of Greek and foreign origin.
Next time you want to go on a visit and offer a gift that will be loved, choose an elegant wooden box and fill it with exquisite delicacies.
Buy the ecological tote bag with the Sokaki Deli logo, put in your shopping, and use it again and again.

Operating period
All year round

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday, 08:30 – 22:00
Closed on Sundays

52, Argous & Charilaou Trikoupi str., Nafplio Argolis, GR 211 00
+30 27520 47135
matinakoskina@gmail.com

Sokaki Deli

Χαριλάου Τρικούπη & Άργους 52 Ναύπλιο, Τ.Κ. 211 00