Liotrivi Restaurant in Kardamena
Liotrivi is a unique restaurant situated in Kardamena, it is housed in a beautiful old stone Olive Press right on the sea front with a stunning view of the Aegean Sea.
Inside the old stone building is an original old traditional olive press (one of the last remaining in Kos), the old machinery including an animal drawn press has been lovingly restored by the owner Stelios Kopanas to enable you to see how an original olive press worked.
In the restaurant the food is carefully prepared by the family using olive oil to cook with and garnish their food (even fry the potato’s in). The setting is beautiful with a veranda and garden around the stone building, all with amazing views and a relaxing atmosphere.
Here you can enjoy amazing Hellenic cuisine which is primarily based on seafood and olive oil, Liotrivi serves tempting food such as Saginaki with mussels, fresh tomato’s and feta, Leg of Pork with beer, honey and orange, whole fresh mushrooms with garlic and ginger and fresh fish such as Mackerel and Sardines. The chef creates special dishes every day, so make sure you ask what’s on the menu!
At Liotrivi you can also enjoy live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday with Christos Kalamaras who plays a variety of music for all tastes such as Greek, Latin, English and Flamenco.
The Kopanas family welcome you to join them in their family restaurant and are happy to welcome even for an evening drink or morning coffee. You can also use their small relaxing beach in front of the restaurant which is also frequented by the locals
<h3>A little history on the Olive Press</h3>
Liotrivi displays a marvelous sample of a small animal moved unit used to extract the oil from the olives, Many small units similar to Liotrivi were scattered around the island but were sadly broken down over the years. Many of them functioned unil the 1960′s and being family run they served the small local market. However this particular olive press is very small and the whole process of the oil pressing was carried out in one small room.
The actual building is dated back to 1850 and luckily the machinery that was saved was the two stone plates used for grinding the olives and the actual press which extracted the oil. Is is seen that the actual press was used back in the 1800′s and has been well looked after throughout the years and now lovingly restored by the owners.
The owners are happy to show you around the little museum and explain the process of the olive pressing to you.
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