Levantis, Where Tradition Meets Innovation in Parikia
Levantis Garden Restaurant, a culinary destination in the Kastro area of Parikia's old town in Paros, has been serving exceptional Mediterranean-Greek cuisine for over 40 years. The restaurant reflects a unique blend of creativity and culinary expertise.
Chef Giorgios Mavridis, known for his inventive approach, infuses traditional Greek recipes with contemporary elements, creating a menu that emphasizes fresh, light and flavourful ingredients with a meticulous focus on presentation.
The restaurant's romantic and upscale ambiance is accentuated by its outdoor courtyard draped in grapevines and accented with eye-catching artworks. The setting is perfect for any occasion. Levantis restaurant welcomes the casual diners, couples and families, boasting an additional children’s menu in the summer months. Levantis can also be rented and catered for special events. Its peaceful and private garden is the ideal setting for a memorable and intimate wedding dinner.
Indulging in carefully curated dishes, you will find starters such as octopus and noodle salad with chilli, coriander and lime or a vegetarian eggplant caponata with local goat cheese and grilled polenta. For main dishes, look forward to oven-roasted pork collar with lentil ragout or bottarga, asparagus and rosemary olive oil linguini. Not to be forgotten are the equally delightful desserts like the Greek thyme honey and mizithra (farmer’s cheese) tarte with ginger biscuit pastry or the decadent chocolate soufflé.
The story of Levantis Restaurant
The location where Levantis Restaurant stands today has been home to a popular taverna since the early 20th century. The taverna, known as "Klimataria," was named after the hanging vine pergola that still hangs above the yard today. Many previous generations of Parians have fond memories of spending time at Klimataria. The taverna remained open until the late 1970s, after which it briefly functioned as a pastry shop before being renovated and renamed as Levantis in 1985.
Levantis regularly updates its menu, introducing new selections for Spring (May and June), Summer (July and August), and Autumn (September and October). This bi-monthly refreshment of the menu gives frequent diners opportunities to enjoy the new offerings of each season.
Situated for easy accessibility, Levantis is in the central Market Street in Parikia. To reach it, simply walk past the small Taxiarchis church in the Kastro area, or from the “Paralia” (seafront road), enter the old town and Kastro next to Kakao Cafe/Bar.
For those looking to experience a blend of artistic ambiance and refined cuisine, Levantis is worth a try during your visit on Paros.