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Η ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΜΑΣ - OUR STORY
It all started back in 1900 when Georgios Ganossis, a young boy from Kimi, a small village in Evia set off to seek his fortune. He arrived and settled in Ermioni where he was to spend the rest of his life. He was given work in the kitchens of a large house and it was here that Georgios first started to cook. A moment he never forgot was when he prepared a meal for Eleftherios Venizelos, a guest at the house.
Eighteen years later, in 1918 he built our taverna and above a hotel, the first one in the area, offering hospitality to merchants, travelers and visitors.
The taverna soon became the focal point of the "Limani" (port). It was more than a tavern, an information office for visitors, a meeting point, a resting point, a place to smoke and drink coffee.
His liking for good food and wine and good company made for many unforgettable nights at the tavern, often hosting famous Greek musicians of that time.
The "Mezedes" were all cooked using his own recipes and the wine was also homemade which he imported from Crete. In fact his write was such good quality that he was presented with a gold award.
Homemade beer came next which was the only for the elite.
In 1949 his son Tassos took over the business with his wife Zoe. Zoe was the daughter of Christina Mertiris who was known in the village for being an excellent cook. Zoe had inherited all her mother's skills in the kitchen and this was to prove invaluable to the future of the taverna.
As time passed, tourism started coming to our tavern. They always went away happy.
When the well established and influential families of Ermioni wanted to entertain their quests they all came to dine at the tavern enjoying a wide variety of dishes such as fish soup, lobster, dolmades, octopus stifado, pies, mousaka and walnut cake all carefully prepared by our parents.
Towards the end of the seventies the tavern was passed on to Georgios Ganossis, eldest son of Tassos and Zoe. Tourism was growing rapidly at this time and the tavern soon became well known all over Greece and internationally. In 1981 the old tavern closed and was completely modernized into the Ganossis Restaurant we know today. Our tavern is the oldest working tavern in Greece and certainly one of the best.
For us, our tavern is our home, our family, our school, our happiness and also our sadness. The Ganossis restaurant has become Land mark in Ermioni with a history old over 100 years.