May 14th, which was a very hot day in Santorini, my friend and I rented a Smartcar and explored the island. We stopped in Perissa for lunch and read menus in the restaurants along the beachfront until we found Ntomatini which offered lots of light "mezze" dishes in a very appealing space. We ordered Dolmades, stuffed with rice and herbs (the herbs are grown just outside the back door), Dakos (a sort of Greek bruschetta), Rissole of tomatoes (a fritter which they also offer with zucchini or leeks), and a hummus made from fava beans.....the fava are boiled, pureed and then mixed with olive oil, capers, sweet red onion and lemon juice......different, interesting and delicious. There are many other things on the menu which I would like to have tried had I been there at night when it was cooler. I can't remember exactly what the bill came to but it was very reasonably priced.
The owners, Kostas and Lisa Psyroukis, are a super nice couple who met and married in the US. Lisa is an American but Kostas is origionally from Santorini and they have decided to make their home and raise their two children there. The restaurant had only been open about a month. Kostas has an artistic flair and the restaurant has lots of beautiful work in it that he has fashioned from driftwood and old vines. It is just a few steps from the Verdura Hotel.
I hardly leave home anymore without checking TA to see where I should stay, what restaurant to choose, what to see and do etc., and am very grateful to the many people who take the time to answer questions and post opinions.....pro and con. I hope some of you will try the Ntomatini and will enjoy it as much as we did. Introduce yourselves to Lisa and Kostas; you will like them a lot.