photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis
On Sunday night we found ourselves inside Sitos Bakery in Kalamata (four hours from Athens by car, at 189 Athinon Street, Kalamata, tel: +30-27210-21373), completely enthralled and delighted.
Sitos’ friendly staff was faithfully engaged in preparing Lagana, a soft, flat bread made with olive oil and covered with sesame seeds. After we left, they worked through the night. By early morning the following day, their Lagana was sold out.
Why the rush on Lagana? The bread is only prepared and sold once a year, on the Monday marking the end of “Apokreas” (Carnivale), and the first day of Lent in the Orthodox Church. This day is also known as “Kathara Deftera,” or “Clean Monday.”
Another treat you’ll find at Sitos Bakery is the divine Lalaggi, bread baked in olive oil. Lalaggi is best-known as a product of Messinia. Visitors with sweet tooths, don’t despair! The fruit tarts on offer at Sitos are also ridiculously tasty.
Sitos Bakery is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round.