Like its namesake village, the Gonies Taverna is rich in tradition, not in a time-honoured way since it has only been open a few years, but in preparing food in a wood-burning stone oven, the same way Cretan villagers have cooked for centuries."There's a certain art in cooking in a stone oven. "It's all about the size of the fire for the correct heat, plus timing and, of course, the proper combination of herbs and spices for the type of meat being cooked."
"Taverna Gonies has certain roasting secrets that have been in the family for generations. In addition to roasting meats, Taverna Gonies uses the stone oven for other dishes, such as beans in red sauce, stuffed tomatoes, and pork ham, which is his signature dish.
Some people think the stone oven is only for meats. But the same attributes of wood-burning heat that makes meat so flavourful, works for other dishes, too.
While Kostas is shuffling meats and vegetables in his oven with a long-handled paddle, Maria is in the kitchen attending to all the other dishes on their comprehensive menu.
Taverna Gonies makes her own bread in the stone oven.