Corfiot pastitsada is probably the most popular dish in the island. This recipe is made until today in the region of Verona and its original name was pastissada or Pastissáda de cavál, because people made it with horse meat. Every corfiot housewife has her own  recipe but I shall provide you with an original corfiot pastitsada recipe, a traditional housewife once gave me.

The tomato sauce here is aromatic, with the use of cloves, allspice and cinnamon figuring prominent. In Corfu, you can buy a pre-made blend of spices called Spetseriko and it was originally sold at pharmacies for medicinal uses. Today, many small grocers sell this blend which can contain up to nine spices (cloves, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, bay, nutmeg, cumin). I recommend that you use such a blend; trust me you will make the best pastitsada!