There is a hidden catch when you go to touristic places for lunch. The atmosphere is fab, the surrounding is breathtaking but the food… Errr, let’s just say that it is highly unlikely you will see locals eating near a popular monument.
That is not the case for Rediviva Cucina Povera, though. Located in the heart of Thessaloniki’s most beautiful quarter, Tsinari-Ano Poli, Rediviva is indeed the “revived kitchen of the poor” as the name indicates. Three food professionals joined forces in 2015 to create the co-op “Rediviva”and offer authentic, superbly cooked local produce. All dishes are made with organic ingredients picked from Rediviva’s own garden in Mount Hortiatis or bought from independent organic-only local sellers.
What is more, Rediviva occasionally organises seminars and field trips to spread the love for non-processed raw materials and traditional cooking. Rediviva serves simple Greek and Mediterranean traditional platters “with a funky twist”, best enjoyed during the spring/summer season at its flower filled and beautifully decorated backyard. There is definitely no better way to hide from the relentless Greek sun!
My favourite dish is “kolokithoanthoi” which translates to courgette flowers, which is a summer-only dish and a rarity to find elsewhere. I usually combine it with Rediviva’s own organic white wine.
If you are lucky, there will also be someone playing bouzouki, filling up the wonderful picture of an already perfect spot. Super!
Hint: Do not disturb the semi-stray cats from their sleep! They live here; you are the visitor!