Spanokopita is a popular Greek dish. Essentially a filo pastry filled with
spinach and cheese (most often feta, a cheese maded from sheep’s milk), it is
frequently called ‘spinach pie’ in tourist areas.
You can buy spanokopita from most bakeries in Crete. In tavernas you can find it
on menus as a starter and occasionally as a main dish. If it is a main dish it
is usually served with some rice or chips. It’s pretty cheap, too (€4-5). Thanks
to the amount of spinach used, this savoury pastry is pretty healthy, too.
Somewhat rarer, but even more interesting, is the Hortopita. Similar to the
spanokopita, it instead uses another variety of Cretan wild greens (known as
chard in English). Finally, tiropita is available, a basic, but tasty and
filling cheese pie.