A charming cosmos encircled in dry stone. An emblematic olive tree surrounded by Mix’ n’ Match tables and chairs. Prettified with pots of flowers. Lots of them. Adorned with polychromatic tavern lights. There is no theme. There is no order. It’s Katerina they come for. Katerina and her damn good cooking. But who is Josef? Josef was Katerina’s grandfather. He had come to Andros Island in 1922. ‘Tou Zosef” means Zosef’s or Zosef’s Place.
One Woman Show
Though she does get a little helping hand from her partner and 17 year old son, Katerina organizes, cooks, and serves whilst simultaneously supporting any conversation from the socio-economic state of the country to the difference between ‘slow food’ and ‘micro-seasonal cuisine.’ Just pick the language; she speaks Greek, English, French, and German.
Reservation is a Good Idea
Open year round, a reservation helps Katerina know how much bread to place in the oven. Everything here is hand-made. When you call, Katerina will most probably ask you if you have children. She has nothing against children. The children might have a problem; no French fries or fish sticks here. She just likes to warn parents that her cuisine might not be too popular with the youngsters.
What’s on the Menu
Cycladic ‘Cucina Povera.’ What’s available is what gets turned into a dish, is what you eat!
Greek salad with the local Volaki cheese as opposed to Feta. Traditional ‘Ladenia’ (basically pizza without cheese). ‘Fourtalia’ (the famous local omelette). Meatballs or lamb with agourides (unripe grapes).
A typical day at Zosef’s might include: Eggplant pie. Pumpkin with a honey/vinegar sauce and oregano. Cod with fresh string beans. Pumpkin pie with ‘Louza’ (local cured meat) and groats.
You might encounter octopus with eggplant or lemon and fennel beef. Zucchini fritters with Volaki cheese is usually up for grabs (they disappear fast). There’s also garlic-infused pasta and of course the famous traditional stuffed vegetables.
Not Your Typical Dessert
Don’t be afraid to try the ‘Cucumber Sorbet with Mint’ or the ‘Mastic Liqueur with unripe lemon and bell pepper.’ If reluctant, then stick to the more classic Greek desserts such as Greek yoghurt or ice cream served with sweet preserves which vary from bergamot to quince to sour cherry.
There is no address. Just get to Pitrofos Village and look for the sign.
Telephone: +30 22820 51050