Taverna Tripa - Kinopiastes, 49084, Greece - tripas.gr - +30 2661 056333 $$$ incl. live music.
Set menu consisting of 16+ plates & 2 bottles of wine (approx 39 € p.p.)
You'll have to squint your eyes in order to spot this little Venetian-architectural gem before you turn onto the unnamed road in front of it. Less than 10 km from Corfu Town, it's worth seeking out when cravings for traditional Ionian cuisine come calling. And, if its walls could talk, my what stories they would tell because this is Corfu's oldest running taverna.
Welcome to Taverna Tripa.
This must-visit tavern opened its doors to Corfiots and travelers alike in 1936. Since then, Taverna Tripa's shelved-walls (pictured above) have been garnished with rows of popular libations. Now - three, four, even five bottles deep - special guests continue to make contributions.
From the likes of shipping magnets, presidents, and film stars, Taverna Tripa has been a top-destination for decades. And you don't need to have your name in lights to be welcomed in; just a simple reservation will do.
The clever traveler knows all to well about how authentic, rustic, and down-to-earth the atmosphere is here. For the most part, that's been its claim to fame for all these years. Nowadays, owners Rena and Spyros work hard to preserve that well-known charm, especially as the family business enjoys its eighth decade of success.
The live music and Corfiot dancing in the open-air patio doesn't hurt when it comes to solidifying its must-see status either. And the dancing is not just a show but rather something that the guests are encouraged to take part of.
Filled with a mix of Greeks and foreigners, this tavern harkens back to the early days of commercial air travel when Corfu opened itself up to the world of tourism for all to enjoy.
Next to the atmosphere, there's the food which will leave you feeling like you've got your own Greek family welcoming you in Corfu: one that appreciates the island's rich culinary traditions as much as you'd hoped they would.
Yummy Stifado, stewed until tender in a broth of cinnamon, clove, and liquid gold (olive oil) is enjoyed in the midst of famous brandies and whiskies of the good ole days.
To think how pleasurable a dram of one may be...
But, before you begin to get too curious or crave a swig, your bottles of red and white homemade wine are refilled. That's right - bottles, not glasses.
Food and drink are served liberally here as part of a fixed-menu setting.
First come more meze than you can count (small shared plates) and then the mains (like Pastasada, lamb, or pork). It all concludes dishes later with a half dozen or so platters of fresh fruits and local honey-drenched Greek yogurt. All the while, your whistle is whetted by the homemade beverages that make you think, wow, Greek wine really does hit the spot.
And, as good as this all sounds, it's not a place to come if you're on a diet. Rather, it's the number one address when you're looking to get absolutely spoiled while joining fun-loving people seeking a good time.
To take part in their humble offerings for an evening, call ahead as tables book fast. Don't mistake this for it being formal, it's just that its reputation precedes it, making it a must-visit while traveling in Corfu.
PS - Don't forget your dancing shoes.