Greek Islands Taverna – The Best Pikilia
As an appetizer or mezze, Greeks often prepare pikilia. It’s a great way to sample a wide range of Greek flavors in one sitting, and it comes in the form of a platter of various small dishes that are typically served together. Dips, spreads, olives, and grilled vegetables are common components of pikilia.
Traditional Greek pikilia is a platter of various small dishes. Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), feta cheese, olives, and grilled vegetables are some examples of these dishes. Other options include tzatziki (a dip made with yogurt and cucumber), taramasalata (a dip made with fish roe), melitzanosalata (a dip made with eggplant). Dishes included in a pikilia feast may change from one Greek home to another based on factors such as climate, availability of ingredients, and the chef’s whims. Serving a variety of finger foods at parties dates back to ancient Greece, where the practice of pikilia was first established. They were called “symposiaka,” and they were served at parties so that everyone could partake. Time and change transformed this custom into the pikilia served at modern Greek restaurants.
As an appetizer, pikilia hails from Greece but has gained popularity all over the world. A variety of small dishes are arranged on a platter and served with bread, pita, or crackers. Those who enjoy trying new foods will find this dish the ideal starter. It’s perfect for any event thanks to its versatile flavor profiles. Pikilia is a guaranteed hit at any gathering, be it an intimate dinner with friends or a large celebration with family and friends.
Pikilia’s many virtues include the fact that it’s an extremely nourishing and healthy meal option. Many of the ingredients found in pikilia are also included in the healthy Mediterranean diet. For instance, the monounsaturated fats found in olives are known to reduce cholesterol and thus the risk of heart disease. Hummus and tzatziki are made with nutrient-rich ingredients like chickpeas and garlic, while feta cheese is a good source of protein and calcium.
Greek dishes have a wealth of flavor that comes from a long and storied history. In Greek, the word pikilia means “variety” or “assortment.” True to its name, this dish is an amalgam of various appetizers. The particular items on a pikilia platter can vary by region or eatery, but they always include a wide selection of dips, spreads, and finger foods. These parts are beautifully presented on a platter, fit for an Instagram post. Anyone looking to sample a variety of tastes and textures will find this dish to be ideal. This nutritious meal is perfect for vegetarians and vegans as well as meat eaters.
At Greek Islands Taverna, our platter comes with an excellent assortment of four popular and traditional Greek dips, Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata, Scordalia, and Tyrokafteri. It is then served with Pita. This dish is always an excellent choice of meze, or an appetizer and has something for everyone at your party to enjoy. For the most delicious and authentic Greek cuisine, visit our restaurant today!