the appetizer:

Greece is a meeting place between East and West, its cuisine mixing classical Mediterranean cooking with "oriental" influences from the Middle East. Greek food remains true to its roots, like ancient philosopher Epicurus' dictum to "live well and enjoy the simple things in life."

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Menu Guide

Arni: Lamb

Avgolemono: Rich egg and lemon sauce, but also name of traditional egg-lemon soup

Baklava: Nut pastry diamonds sweetened with honey-lemon syrup

Bourekakia: Savory appetizers made with filo sheets filled with of meat or vegetables

Dolmades: Grape leaves filled with meat and-or rice filling—also called Dolmas

Farina: Finely ground wheat flour used to make pasta, also used in cakes and custards

Fava: Beans that are eaten shelled or cooked in the pod

Feta: Pungent cheese made from sheep's milk

Filo: Paper thin pastry sheets—also called phyllo

Fournos: Traditional Greek clay oven

Garides: Shrimp

Grape Leaves: Tender leaves from grape vines used to wrap fillings and decorate platters of food

John Dory: Popular fish used in Greek food

Kafes: coffee

Kalamaria: squid

Kalamata: Classic Greek olive, kalamata oil also available

Kapari: Capers, pickled unopened flower buds from a Mediterranean bush

Kasseri: Creamy white cheese

Kafalotiri: Hard cheese used freshly grated

Khorta: Wild greens

Kourabiethes: Rich butter cookies topped with powdered sugar, sometimes flavored

Macaronia: Greek pasta

Mezethes: Appetizers—also called Meze

Mizithera: Cheese made from goat or sheep milk

Moussaka: Lamb and eggplant casserole

Orzo: Rice-shaped pasta

Ouzo: Anise-flavored liqueur

Pasta Flora: Pastry tart filled with cherry or apricot puree

Pastitsio: Pasta and lamb casserole topped with rich white sauce

Phillo: see Filo

Pilafi: Rice cooked with onions, seasoned with herbs, often served with nuts

Pita: Flatbread used to hold grilled meats or vegetables, or used with dips

Psari: Fish

Salata: Salad

Salatika: Green salad

Skorthalia: Garlic sauce made with almonds

Souvlakia: Skewered lamb

Spanakopeta: Flaky spinach pastry made with filo dough

Tahini: Sesame paste, often added to pureed chick peas

Tiropita: Flaky cheese-filled pastry made with filo dough



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