Let’s Go Out for…Greek
Ready to enjoy one of the healthiest, tastiest cuisines in the world? Enjoy authentic Greek dishes with these insider tips.
You’ve probably seen the feta and tomato salad on the menu at a local Greek-owned diner. But if you haven’t ventured any deeper into Greek food, you’re missing some of the most flavorful and indulgent dishes Europe has to offer. Fortunately, authentic Greek cuisine is quickly gaining traction in America in the hands of chefs like Michelin-starred Michael Psilakis who counts several locations of MP Taverna in New York among his award-winning restaurants. “If you take Italy and Turkey and smash them together, you have Greek cuisine,” says Psilakis. “It combines the fresh flavors of Italian and the wonderful aromatic spices of Turkey.”
Unlike Italian cuisine, however, which is much more regionally diverse than Greek cuisine, you’ll rarely find plates heaped with starchy pasta, fatty beef, buttery sauces or fried preparations. “Greece really [has] the healthiest cuisine of the region because it is vegetable-driven and relies almost exclusively on olive oil and grilling,” says Psilakis. “It’s the real Mediterranean diet.”
If you're like most Americans, the typical Greek restaurant menu can seem like, well, Greek. Below are some classic menu items and must-trys, plus tips to help you add this healthy cuisine to your dining repertoire. With few pitfalls and an abundance of fresh, simply prepared dishes, these meals will soon have you shouting, "Opa!"