Rafiolia

Plateau with Greek ‘rafiolia’, fried pies using dough which has a light aroma and taste of orange and filled with cheese

The name rafiolia derives from Italian ravioli and is one of the culinary legacies left to Greece by the Venetians. It is a traditional dessert of the Cycladic islands and consists of fried pita using dough which has a light aroma and taste of orange and filled with tirovolia cheese of Mykonos or with sweet […]

Raki

Close-up of bottle and glasses with Greek ‘raki’ is produced by distilling the grape, a transparent drink

Raki or Tsikoudia Raki is a translucent, strong alcoholic beverage produced and consumed largely in Crete. Each November people throughout the island gather around a boiler or “kazani” as they call it, and engage not only in the distillation pomace, but also produce distillates of wisdom, the famous Cretan mantinades (soulful serenades) following the footsteps […]

Rakomelo

Glasses with brown Greek ‘Rakomelo’, an alcoholic beverage with honey and a variety of spices

Rakomelo is a Greek alcoholic beverage combining raki or tsikoudia with honey and a variety of spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom or other regional herbs. It has a bright amber, warm color and, as a blend of strong alcohol and honey, features a naturally sweet and delicate yet spirited taste with a subtle presence […]

Ravani

Greek ‘ravani’, a pan-baked sweet in syrup

Ravani, or alternatively revani, is a pan-baked sweet that came to Greece in days of old, while over the years countless versions of it have appeared. According to tradition it took its name from the Turkish poet Revani, who lived in the 16th century and was famous for his culinary rhymes. His poems were regarded […]

Retseli

Glass plate with Greek ‘retseli’, spoon sweet from fruits or vegetables and o sweet spoon with a piece of it

Retseli or Retzeli One of the traditional spoon sweets made in Thessaly, retseli originates from Asia Minor. It is made from seasonal fruits or vegetables which are initially boiled on their own, but are then boiled together in grape must, which imparts sweetness, giving it the flavor of marmalade and spoon sweet. It can also […]

Retsina

Glasses with white Greek ‘Retsina’, a resinated wine from above and a stick of cinnamon on surface

The wine of the ancient Greeks! Retsina is a Greek, white or rosé, resinated wine, which has been produced and enjoyed by the Greek people for more than 2,000 years. It is a unique wine with a light aroma and taste that makes it an excellent accompaniment for all types of Mediterranean cuisine. Pine resin […]

Retzeli

Glass plate with Greek ‘retzeli’, spoon sweet from fruits or vegetables and o sweet spoon with a piece of it

Retzeli or Retseli  One of the traditional spoon sweets made in Thessaly, retzeli originates from Asia Minor. It is made from seasonal fruits or vegetables which are initially boiled on their own, but are then boiled together in grape must, which imparts sweetness, giving it the flavor of marmalade and spoon sweet. It can also be […]

Revithada

Greek ;revithada’, a quite thick soup with chickpeas, slow-cooked in a closed clay pot

Revithada is one of the traditional delicacies of the Cyclades. A quite thick soup with chickpeas, slow-cooked in a closed clay pot, called skepastaria, with handles on both sides and a lid. It requires only a few ingredients but becomes magically flavorful. According to the tradition of the locals on the island of Sifnos Island, […]

Rizogalo

Rizogalo

Rizogalo (rice pudding) is a very simple, delicious and traditional homemade dessert with milk and rice as basic ingredients – and made into a pastry jewel in the hands of women who decorated it with cinnamon, painting flower pots and designs all around, especially when they offered it at formal tables. It was also made […]

Rozedes

Oval Greek ‘rozedes’ sweets with honey, almonds, semolina, cinnamon covered with powder sugar

A traditional sweet made with honey, almonds, semolina, sugar, cinnamon, clove. They can be preserved for long without loosing their exquisite taste.