Greek cuisine is not only about the all time favorites moussakas and tzatziki, but includes also many other traditional plates, from fish and pies to salads with a twist, surprising ingredients and creative imagination. The new generation of chefs have launched a slightly different Greek cuisine, which experiments with combinations while enhancing the classic ingredients. Meat plays a central role in many plates and the famous mezedes, which are usually served before the main course, include simple or more elaborate morsels. The secret is always variety. Greek restaurants in Athens have to satisfy a demanding public, both local and international, and great attention is paid to quality and details. From the gourmet 2mazi and Alatsi close to the Hilton, to the all time classics Seventeen and Vlassis, the elegant Orizontes Lykavittou, great pride is taken in the specialties of each locale. Famous Taverna Platanos in Plaka, inspired Cookoovaya close to the Hilton, Xrysa-Xrysa in Petralona, Strofi with a view of the Acropolis, the Restaurant of the Museum of Greek Gastronomy, each one offers a unique experience of Greek cuisine, in a friendly atmosphere. Wine is all important in Greek dining and many restaurants have their own, served in large pitchers and carefully selected so as to best accompany the food.
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