- A Greek dinner at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
- Trattoria XXVII Maggio environment and atmosphere
- Trattoria XXVII Maggio, the menu
- Main courses at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
- Desserts at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
- What did we eat at Trattoria XXVII Maggio?
- How much we paid at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
- Where to park at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
- A Greek dinner at Sirtaki
- Environment and atmosphere at Sirtaki Greek Taverna
- Sirtaki Greek Taverna, menu
- Appetizers of Sirtaki, Greek tavern
- Meat main courses
- Fish main courses
- Dessert proposals of Sirtaki Greek Taverna
- What did we eat at Sirtaki?
- Quanto abbiamo pagato per la nostra cena greca da Sirtaki?
- How much did we pay for our Greek dinner at Sirtaki?
- Where to park at the Sirtaki Greek tavern
There are days when we are particularly melancholy about holidays. We are especially reminded of what we did in Corfu a few years ago with close friends.
To recall these splendid memories of Greek food we went to Trattoria XXVII Maggio, in San Fermo della Battaglia and at Sirtaki Greek Taverna in Rovellasca.
Two must-try restaurants if you want to eat Greek cuisine in Lake Como.
They have completely different characteristics.
Trattoria XXVII Maggio is very elegant and seems to resemble a French Bistro. Sirtaki Greek Taverna is simpler and resembles a typical Greek tavern.
What unites them both, however, is the excellent quality of the dishes.
They are not close to the center of Como, but it will certainly be worth it!
If you want a quick meal and you don’t want to move from the center of Como, we recommend you try Toast & Roll!
A Greek dinner at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
Trattoria XXVII Maggio is located in San Fermo della Battaglia, just 20 minutes by car from the center of Como.
The restaurant is located right in the main square of the village, obviously Piazza XXVII Maggio.
Trattoria XXVII Maggio environment and atmosphere
As soon as you enter it doesn’t seem to be in a Greek restaurant in Lake Como, but a French bistro.
Everything is taken care of, down to the smallest detail, from the furniture to the setting up. This attention to detail has reminded us of Trattoria Tira Mola and Meseda.
The rooms are very welcoming and the first 10 minutes are spent looking around.
Trattoria XXVII Maggio, the menu
The menu fully follows the Greek tradition and includes:
- unique dishes;
Appetizers of the Greek restaurant, Trattoria XXVII Maggio
A review of typical appetizers of the Greek tradition.
Here we mention the most typical and which have aroused our curiosity.
On the menu, you will find other courses that you can enjoy!
Melitzanosalata with feta cheese and artisan pitas. Melitzanosalata is the aubergine sauce used to accompany meat or fish, but it is also delicious spread on a slice of pita.
Like the well-known tzatziki sauce, it is based on yogurt and garlic, but while the first is the aubergines, the second prevails the cucumbers and dill.
Soutzoukakia is meatballs with a sauce flavored with cumin and usually accompanied by white rice. In reality, this dish is originally from Smyrna, in the past a Greek city, but today it belongs to central-western Turkey.
Here at the restaurant, they are served on a bed of yogurt and artisan pitas.
Grilled Cypriot Halloumi cheese on a bed of mixed grilled vegetables. Halloumi cheese is a traditional Cyprus mixed goat’s and sheep’s milk cheese. It is very tasty both because it is salty and because it is wrapped in mint leaves after its processing.
Crispy Manouri cheese with black eye bean salad and honey. Manouri cheese is typical of Macedonia and Thessaly. It is a soft cheese made from sheep or goat milk whey to which sheep or goat cream is added.
Cretan Dakos with fresh tomato purée, feta cheese, and capers. The Cretan Dakos is a very simple dish, in simple terms it is very similar to the fresella with tomatoes and cheese typical of southern Italy.
Classical Greek salad or Horiatiki is perhaps the best-known dish of this cuisine, together with pita.
In its traditional version, it is prepared with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onions, feta cheese, salt, oregano, and olive oil. It is an excellent dish to eat in the summer, both as an appetizer and as a single dish.
Main courses at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
Traditional mousakas with fassona beef ragout on tomato cream. Mousakas or Moussaka is another of the very typical Greek dishes. It is an eggplant, potato and minced meat pie made in layers and baked in the oven. Top it off with a thick layer of béchamel gratin.
In this restaurant, you can also find the vegetarian version!
Stewed Piedmontese Fassona beef stewed in red wine and tomato accompanied by paddy rice baked in the oven with Kefalotyri cheese. Kefalotyri is a hard cheese made from sheep and/or goat milk. It has a yellowish color and this cheese is also very tasty.
Grilled pork souvlaki with Greek oregano, marinated baked potatoes, and tzatziki sauce. Souvlaki is skewers of beef, chicken or lamb. They are always prepared with only one type of meat among them and are served with sauces, chips or pita.
In Greece it is one of the most fun things to eat.
Kleftiko, tidbits and pork ribs in foil with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. Kleftiko is usually prepared with lamb meat, cooked in foil as if it were our meat stew.
Various vegetables and potatoes are added and it is cooked in the oven for a long time in order to obtain very tender meat. In this case, the proposed version is with pork, much more similar to our tradition.
Grilled Greek Lukaniko stuffed with tomato and feta cheese with stewed chickpeas and tomato. Lukaniko is nothing more than … our Luganega! Similar … but never the same in reality because this is produced by mixing many spices and especially garlic with meat!
Desserts at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
The most typical and simplest of all is the Greek yogurt with dried fruit and honey. At Trattoria XXVII Maggio it is served with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon or with quince jam.
Loukoumades are sweet pancakes also served with honey, dried fruit and cinnamon. In this case, they are also accompanied by ice cream.
Baklavas are made with phyllo dough, sugar syrup or better yet honey and also, in this case, dried fruit. There are many variations of this dessert because it is widespread in all the Balkans and in Asia.
Kataifi, a typical Greek dessert that takes its name from the pasta with which it is made.
It is basically a phyllo dough cut into very thin threads which, once cooked, become very crisp. Served with honey, cinnamon sugar and a choice of dried fruit.
What did we eat at Trattoria XXVII Maggio?
To taste a little of everything, we ordered the mixed appetizer of the house for 2 people.
We were served a plentiful dish with the inevitable pitas accompanied by:
- tzatziki sauce;
- meat souvlaki;
- fried delicacies.
Truly a delicious appetizer to share! The start of the dinner was flawless!
We continue with:
- cream of Peloponnese beans with octopus stewed in white wine;
- strips of lamb on a bed of Greek yogurt and traditional pita with baked potatoes and smoked salt.
The octopus was very soft and overall a very delicate dish. It is not difficult to find such a dish in Italian restaurants. The fava bean cream was a pairing we had never tried before and it was very successful!
A little less delicate, but still excellent was the dish of lamb strips with pita. Lamb meat is very tasty compared to beef or chicken that we are used to eating.
After all this, we were unable to get to the dessert. We were really full, but surely we will be back and we hope you will taste it too!
How much we paid at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
Our experience of Greek cuisine in Lake Como ended with a good coffee and a sweet white passito from Limnos DOC.
Usually, at the Greek restaurant, low prices are associated. Here the average is higher but absolutely justified by location, service, quality of the raw material.
Our binge cost us € 73.50! A more than fair price.
Where to park at Trattoria XXVII Maggio
In front of the restaurant entrance, there are some parking lots, while inside the restaurant courtyard there is parking for customers.
A Greek dinner at Sirtaki
A little further from the center of Como, in the town of Rovellasca, there is Greek Taverna Sirtaki.
The name of the place doesn’t even say it comes from one of the typical Greek dance, known all over the world.
Environment and atmosphere at Sirtaki Greek Taverna
Sirtaki Greek Taverna is a place very similar to what you can find in Greece. It consists of two rather large rooms with warm colors, painted walls and many small furnishings.
Here it is expected to have an excellent experience of Greek cuisine in Lake Como.
Sirtaki Greek Taverna, menu
The menu is extensive and includes many of the best known and typical dishes of Greek cuisine.
The courses are divided between:
- cold appetizers;
- hot appetizers;
- meat main courses;
- fish main courses;
Here too we have not included the whole menu, but the more typically Greek dishes that are worth knowing.
Appetizers of Sirtaki, Greek tavern
Kopanisti, a traditional spicy cheese from Mykonos and the Cyclades islands. Pink in color, it has a pasty consistency and acquires its strong aroma thanks to the formation of a superficial mold.
Skordalià is a cream that is prepared by mixing mashed boiled potatoes in the puree and finely chopped garlic, seasoned with oil and vinegar. Here at the tavern, it is prepared with mashed potatoes, mayonnaise, spring onion, and vinegar.
Dolmades are rolls made with rice and vine leaves. They are part of the traditional mezedes, a mixture of Greek appetizers often accompanied by a glass of Ouzo, an anise-based distillate.
Feta cheese is a semi-hard but very crumbly sheep’s and goat’s milk cheese. It is kept in brine for about 2 months. It is very tasty.
Feta is also often used to make the Saganaki also proposed here at the tavern, which simply consists of breaded and fried cheese.
Bamies who see them look like green chilies. In reality, the flavor resembles that of green beans. So don’t be fooled by the look! They are served with tomatoes, onion, and vinegar.
Tiropitakia is a savory pie usually filled with feta cheese, eggs, and condiments. The filling is wrapped in layers of phyllo dough.
Revithokeftedes are chickpea meatballs seasoned with spices such as coriander, rosemary, and parsley.
In the menu, however, they are indicated as chickpea porridge seasoned with spring onion, extra virgin olive oil, and rosemary.
Meat main courses
Paidakia, grilled lamb chops. Here served with a side dish of rice and baked potatoes.
Keftedes, veal meatballs flavored with spices and herbs. Accompanied usually with grilled vegetables or chips.
Sirloin with Metaxa. Beef sirloin with cream, Metaxa and green pepper accompanied with rice. Metaxa is a brandy of Greek origin known all over the world.
Pikilia, a very popular single dish, consisting of tastes of meat or fish, vegetables, cheeses, and sauces.
You can also choose from the more traditional:
- veal, goat, chicken and lamb souvlaki;
- greek lucanico.
Fish main courses
Fish main courses were very simple.
Fish souvlaki and saganaki such as squid, prawns, and tuna are offered.
As an alternative grilled fish or swordfish au gratin to the Greek.
Dessert proposals of Sirtaki Greek Taverna
A typical dessert that we had not yet mentioned is the halvas, a sort of semolina pudding.
Halva are presented as sticks, neutral-colored parallelepipeds. They look a bit like nougat although they are larger and softer, with a crumbly consistency.
Usually, in Italy, it is eaten especially at Christmas, while in Greece it is a typical carnival dessert.
If you fancy a good slice of cake, homemade cakes are served here, even if the highlights are always:
- greek yogurt!
What did we eat at Sirtaki?
We started with a mixture of appetizers to taste a little bit of everything. At the time of the order, comings and goings of waiters began that brought us everything and more!
The appetizer is composed of:
- three sauces: tzatziki, Kopanisti, Melitzanosalata accompanied by a plate of pita;
- zucchini with feta;
- sweet and sour pepper pickle;
- black bean salad.
We were officially in trouble!
Having eaten everything, we also enjoyed a plate of chicken souvlaki. Result: we were full.
Afterward, when we came back, we contained ourselves and we took only the pita with the three sauces, always delicious, and then a moussaka and a soutzoukakia dish.
Not that Greek tradition saves us from eating a lot, in fact, moussaka is a superabundant dish but worth eating.
The soutzoukakia was very good, the meatballs in the sauce are a dish well known also by us, but these meatballs are spicier. Serve with rice.
We end our dinner with a taste of Kataifi. We are not used to eating such “sweet” desserts, but it was an excellent end of the meal and then we enjoyed a good coffee.
Quanto abbiamo pagato per la nostra cena greca da Sirtaki?
How much did we pay for our Greek dinner at Sirtaki?
The bill at Sirtaki was not expensive. Considering the quantity of the portions and the quality of the dishes, the price was fair. We spent a total of 47.30 euros!
Where to park at the Sirtaki Greek tavern
If not directly in front of the restaurant along Via Cavour there are numerous parking spaces on the street where you can leave your car.