Most experts will say drink white wine with pork. Today we feature a dish very commonplace throughout the Greek Islands and Cyprus which turns that theory on its head. Drunken pork is a simple dish to prepare and full of robust Greek flavors including red wine. A simple marinade made from everyday ingredients and then slow cooked.
The result is a rich, slightly dry and full-flavored Greek classic. Once you have cooked this dish you will surely return to it because of its simplicity and full-flavored taste. It is a taste sensation.
We also take a closer look at the main town of our favorite Greek Island; Naxos Town or Chora (Hora), take your pick. It wasn’t the only Greek town on the islands with 2 or 3 names!
Wandering through the old town and its alleyways was a real pleasure. We briefly cover our 3 favorite restaurants or tavernas in Naxos Town and encourage you to visit them.
Naxos Town, A Great Place to Wander and Eat
If you like the idea of wandering through historic old houses, quaint alleyways, discovering out of the way restaurants and shops where you just have to remind yourself you are not on a movie set, then you will love Naxos Town. Every time you make a turn, you won’t know what to expect, it is just full of surprises.
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To enjoy, Naxos Town, put on some good walking shoes and be prepared to wander. The best time is the early evening, as siesta is sacrosanct in Naxos Town and nothing, absolutely nothing is open in the afternoon 2-5 pm.
Make sure you visit the old town for some Venetian style and architecture. You can take a tour through Domus Della Rocca – Barozzi, the Venetian Museum. Built in the 13th Century it is a fascinating glimpse of what life in Naxos would have been for the wealthy. It is beautifully furnished and the story of the oldest and most renowned of the Venetian families that ruled this island is fascinating in itself.
Afterwards continue to wander the alleyways of Naxos Town. Beautifully paved, and full of surprising shops, tavernas and discrete, little squares. Every time you turn a corner you just wonder what surprise you will see next. Don’t take a map, just wander and see what you find. See which restaurants appeal to you and make your choice. You can easily spend a couple of carefree hours on this activity.
Getting hungry? Although not in the Old Town, we can happily point you to our 3 favorite tavernas in Naxos Town:
Nostimon Hellas. Looking for a modern touch on Greek classics? Then this restaurant will tick all of the boxes. Great village wine, the subject of a future article, and fabulous food at a reasonable price. What we loved most about this place was how different the menu was to the more traditional-style tavernas. The rolled eggplant was sublime! We had a great conversation with our server and thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
Scirocco. Right on the main square and your more, traditional-style taverna. Great service, good pricing and fabulously friendly staff. Nothing fancy, just good food and service. The seafood pasta and calamari was brilliant.
Maro’s Taverna. Another traditional-style taverna, featuring all the Greek classics. Want Drunken Pork? You’ll get it here. Servings at this taverna are large by Greek standards and pricing was on the cheaper side. Great value. We really enjoyed it.
So without further ado, here is our version of drunken pork. It is a simple dish to prepare and cook but you need to marinate it for best results. 24 hours is best but as little as 4 hours will work as well.
We are simply serving it with orzo, a great little pasta, shaped like rice.Think pasta is just the domain of Italy? No. It’s just as popular in Greece and orzo was everywhere. Testament maybe, to its Venetian history. You an also serve it with rice if you prefer.
The dish is simply marinated in red wine and crushed, coriander seeds. The addition of some oregano gives the dish a very robust flavor. And yes it goes perfectly with red wine! Enjoy.