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Review: To Stachi is exactly what we had been looking for: the finest traditional Greek cuisine, served up with love by delightful people in a beautiful spot at very reasonable prices. The food was the best we had in Greece, using fresh, organic produce cooked with great care by the proprietor, Stelios, whose joy and love of food and friends is evident in every bite and in every moment of being in his company. Stelios is a proud proponent of the slow food movement, giving all his preparations the time required in the oven or on the stove to bring out the best flavors. But this doesn't mean the wait is long, as he's constantly cooking all day, and when you arrive he'll let you know what's ready and what's soon to be ready. He took us into the kitchen to show us all his masterpieces in progress, which often included both vegan and lacto versions (including a soy-based "milk pie" with filo crust that is not to be missed). Both the varieties of dolmadakis (stuffed zucchini flowers and stuffed grape leaves) were by far the best we've had anywhere, thanks to his special preparations. And when i told Stelios that okra is one of the few veggies i don't like, he smiled and said, "Okra, yes, but not my okra." He gave me a sample and he was right: This was the first okra i'd ever had that i actually really enjoyed. Stelios is a very gifted chef with a mastery of flavor and texture, and he's always experimenting and making new discoveries. But as good as the food is, the best part of our two visits was Stelios himself. He and his whole family radiate love and joy and were such a pleasure to be around. We came back in the off hours when Stelios had time to sit down with us, and we found him to be a humble and generous repository of wisdom about life in general and a great source of information about how to find the quiet, magical places we were looking for in Crete. What treasures! If you're on Crete (or anywhere near it), please stop by and meet Stelios and his family, and try their wonderful food. Keep in mind that Greek business hours can be a bit flexible, so if they're closed when you first arrive, you might take a walk around the waterfront or the old town and they'll likely be open when you return. Enjoy! :-)


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