If you are looking for a traditional Cypriot kitchen serving authentic Cypriot cuisine, look no further, this newly opened family tavern is awesome find. ‘To Nissiotiko’ is on the top road in Protaras, and what I really like about this place is ‘Artimaki’ the owner, who is just that little bit different, trust me ! … Just wait ’til you try his freshly home made Pitta Bread, all 40 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 …
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.
They serve traditional Cypriot cuisine or as Artimaki says ”pure horthiatiko” or village style in English, and the food is always made fresh, so it’ll take at least 20 minutes to be served, but let me just say; its worth every minute !
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 delicious Cypriot must, the ‘Makaronia tou Fournou’, are to die for, served steaming hot, just how I like it. They also now serve freshly made Pizzas to order … served sizzling from the traditional Pizza Oven !
Mezes, with a twist, as Artimaki does his own thing … leave it to him, it’s the best seasonal Meze you’ll ever have … 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.
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.
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 !
If Fish is your dish, why not try the Tsipoura or maybe the Octopus, my fav will always be the Calamari, although I’d never say no to his yummy Cod & Chips.
All home made 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 !
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 😉
Why not sit back and relax Cypriot style, after your meal, with one of their delicious cocktails …
Tuesday and Saturday
Is the delicious Souvla … pork or chicken slowly spit roasted over real charcoal
Wednesday and Sunday
Kleftiko slow cooked in clay ovens, which just falls off the bone and is seasoned to perfection.
They also do takeaways so you can enjoy their wonderful cuisine at home, the beach or anywhere you fancy, oh and when you get a mo check out their Trip Advisor reviews
Open long summer season
11 am ’til late
You’ll find them on the main road from Protaras to Paralimni, just in front of Flokka Hotel Apartments, at 2, Dionnysos Street, Protaras … its on the corner, of Cavo Greko Avenue, opposite Aloha Bar and Mr Giomon Bags & Accessories …
It’s just that little bit different !