Santoríni is known for its distinctive cuisine and ingredients, courtesy of the peculiar volcanic soil. Sample staples like fáva (yellow split peas, puréed), domatínia (flavourful cherry tomatoes), white aubergines (which taste subtly different from purple ones), the fortified dessert wine vinsánto, made from raisins, and mostly white wines. In Fira, Imerovigli and Oia there are plenty of traditional restaurants and a few famous chefs that serve refined versions of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Lunch or dinner at a Santorini restaurant with a panoramic view nourishes both body and mind. Don’t miss the vegetable speciality– sun-dried tomato paste made with the tiny tomatoes grown in the rich volcanic soil. In Oia restaurants, seafood is the main culinary attraction, which includes Greek versions of octopus, squid, lobster and cuttlefish, all served to the highest standards and straight out of the sea! From nouvelle cuisine to simple chunks of feta cheese on soft brown bread, washed down by the local Assyrtiko white wine, dining on a Santorini Greek restaurant is for elite tastes. And if you are renting a villa, keep in mind that there are chefs willing to cook for you privately.