To’ Nissiotiko Taverna, Protaras

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To Nissiotiko Taverna, Protaras, Established 2017

On another Level
If you’re looking for a traditional Cypriot kitchen serving authentic Cypriot cuisine, look no further … I met these guys when they first opened, and btw, it was an awesome find then … but now, they are way up there in my fav eateries list …  ‘To Nissiotiko’ is aptly on the top road in Protaras, and what I really like about this place is ‘Artimaki’ the owner, who is just on another level, trust me! … wait ’til you try his freshly homemade Pitta Bread, all 45 cms, cooked in the Pizza Oven, delicious!

A family thing
This wonderful Cypriot Tavern is the dream of Artimaki and his lovely wife Angela.  They initially worked in hospitality in the Paphos area for many years and decided to move to Larnaca 17 years ago, then 12 years ago they decided to buy a snack bar, slowly turning it into a very successful restaurant …

Relocated
In 2017 they relocated to Protaras, they even brought the tables, chairs and the kitchen sink with them, one at a time, and built this wonderful restaurant up themselves trying to replicate a traditional village tavern to compliment the authentic village kitchen.

Village Style
They serve traditional Cypriot cuisine or as Artimaki says ”pure horthiatiko” or village-style in English, and the food is always made fresh, mostly cooked over real charcoal, so it’ll take at least 20 minutes to be served, but let me just say; it’s worth every minute! … Oh, and the spit roast Souvla took about 1.5 Hours and the Traditional Log Fired Oven Kleftico over 5 hours …

Brunch
Go Cypriot with some ice-cold watermelon served with halloumi cheese slices.  Who can say no to a Full English Artimaki style ;), served with a nice cuppa … so tasty it’s like being back home in your local cafe, just two of your choices on their breakfast menu …

Pasta & Pizza
They serve a variety of pasta dishes but my fav has to be the Carbonara, just how I like it.  They also now serve freshly made Pizzas to order … covered in your fav toppings, with extra cheese? and served sizzling hot from the traditional Pizza Oven!

Menu
Meat Meze, with a twist, as Artimaki likes to do his own thing … so leave it to him, it’ll be the best seasonal Meze you’ll ever have … btw, if you opt for the Lamb Chops, you won’t regret it, they use only baby Lamb chops, so tasty you are guaranteed to be licking your lips and asking for more.

Personal Touch
When it comes to meat dishes Artimaki buys whole lambs, etc and prepares the pieces he needs, as and when he needs them, for each particular dish, so your Souvlaki will be guaranteed to be fresh, delicious and btw, not full of fat.

Traditional
Why not try the Rabbit, or on that note, he makes a mean Stifado, the Koupepia are just like Yiayias and his Moussaka so tasty … one of my faves is the Cypriot style Mixed Grill, it’s finger-licking good btw! … I recently met YiaYia, ‘Ayten’ from Melbourne in Oz, while making Koupepia aka Stuffed Vine leaves and just let me say, they’re just the best!!!

Fish
If Fish is your dish, why not try the Fresh Tsipoura or maybe the Octopus, my fav will always be the Calamari, although I’d never say no to his yummy Cod & Chips.

Fish Meze
Of course, we Cypriots love our fish Mediterranean style, so a Seasonal Fish Meze for two is pure heaven for fish lovers … again let Artimaki create your spread from his seasonal catch, but it’ll probably include; Fresh Whole Grilled Calamari, and Calamari Rings, Octopus, Mussels, King Prawns, Fresh Tsipoura, Red Mullet, Whitebait and Sardines … and the occasional nice surprise, but always with Salad and Dips, Artimaki’s Pitta Bread and some bits and pieces …

Desserts
All homemade but, you just have to try the Sweet Bread Ekmek which is made with Anari and syrup and served with ice cream, it’s just delicious !

Wines
They have a great selection of wines including Cypriot award winning Shoufas and Paplos … oh, btw you’ll have to have a shot of Zivania at the end of your meal … it’s a Cypriot thing 😉

Cocktails
Why not sit back and relax Cypriot style, after your meal, with one of their delicious cocktails …

Special Offers
Tuesday and Saturday

Is the delicious Souvla … pork or chicken slowly spit-roasted over real charcoal
Wednesday and Sunday
Kleftiko slow-cooked in traditional clay ovens until it just falls off the bone and btw Artimaki secretly seasons this dish to perfection.

Take Away
They also do takeaway so you can enjoy their wonderful cuisine at home, the beach or anywhere you fancy, oh and when you get a moment check out their Trip Advisor reviews

Open long summer season
11 am ’til late

Directions
You’ll find them on the main road from Protaras to Paralimni, just in front of Flokka Hotel Apartments, at 2, Dionnysos Street, Protaras … it’s on the corner, of Cavo Greko Avenue, opposite The Moody Cow Bar …

It’s just that little bit different!

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