I recently returned from a trip to the Greek Islands and had no intention of eating pizza there. However, those plans were foiled one evening on Santorini during a leisurely stroll from the town of Imerovigli to Fira, the island’s capital. About halfway through the 30 minute walk, I came across a sign that lured me in: Volkan Sourdough Pizza. The short description noting their use of “Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil” and “Fresh Basil From Our Little Garden” was too intriguing to pass on. And so my wife and I grabbed a table at the ungodly Greek dining hour of 6PM to see if these pies were worth the stop.
What’s Unique? The view. The view. The view. Who cares about the pizza when you can enjoy a pie overlooking Santorini’s famed caldera. The truth is, nearly every restaurant on the west coast of the island has views that are as similarly remarkable. But the combo of views and good pizza? I was on a mission to find out if that was possible. When you think of Greek pizza, you probably picture a pie topped with feta cheese and olives. But the menu at Volkan (M. P. Nomikou, Thíra, Greece, 84700) leans heavily Italian. Yet there were two Greek inspired pies on the menu too: Greca (tomato sauce, feta, greek yogurt, mozzarella, basil, olives) and Santorini (tomato sauce, fressh mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, katiki cream cheese, capers).
What To Eat? We opted to stick to less exotic pies and ordered a Margherita and a Quattro Formaggi. Neither was remarkable, although how could you complain with views like this? The margherita was our favorite of the two and the sourdough crust was a perfect canvas for the toppings. The pies cost between 19 and 23 EURO each, so roughly $20-$25 USD, about as cheap as you can expect to eat in this pricy, tourist heavy area of the island. We also had a fresh and tasty Tomato & Mozzarella salad which rivaled our pies for the best dish of our meal.
What To Know Before You Go? This is a causal restaurant. There are maybe 8-10 tables that are out on a patio, just a few feet back from the main pathway along the waterfront. Even though we were having an early dinner, almost every table was full. Although you’ll have unobstructed views of the sunset, we sweated our way through dinner with the sun shining directly on us. There is no indoor seating at Volkan and only so much coverage from the sun as it get lower throughout the evening. There is so much good food in Santorini, it’s probably not worth going out of your way for pizza. However, if you’re there for an extended time and looking for an alternative to Greek food, Volka provides a reasonably priced option that won’t disappoint.