17 January, 2015

Ndrangheta @ Elliniko

The first post of 2015 is about our first restaurant in 2015.

I have been in search of good pizza in Athens. Finding a new pizzeria opened in Elliniko and a discount coupon on sale, I decided give it a go.

It situated indeed close to Elliniko station, about 2 minute-walk away.

From outside, it does not look much like a restaurant, and more like a cafeteria. And indeed, the most of the people there were for coffee when we visited in a Sunday afternoon.

The space is divided in smoking and non-smoking sections and we were seated in the latter, But afterwards, a member of staff sat down and started to smoke at one of the tables (the family seated there seemed to be her friends). So what the meaning?

Evidently they have a garden on the back side, but now that it was winter, it wasn't open.

The kitchen was semi-open. At least 3 cooks were working inside.

Bread and dips to start, provided without order. The bread was like very think pizza crust; it was warm and pretty nice. The dips are green olive paste and olive oil with balsamic vinegar.

As they did not give me the receipt, I do not know how much it cost.

This is Caesar salad with grilled chicken. Chicken was warm and plenty, while amount of cheese was a bit poor. But I liked it as a starter (in Greece, the salad is often eaten like a starter, and not as a side - contorno - of a main dish in Italy).

GH ordered a pizza with prosciutto crudo. As you see, some parts were burnt and the cheese was dry. I suspect that the heat from above was too strong. Fresh and crunchy crust was nice and the size was good, but not my perfect pizza.

Seafood pasta, instead, was really good. Seafood consisted in mussels and karavides (which normally translated as scampi, but they look different from Italian scampi). On the menu, the past was supposed to be black tagliatelle, but was less broad and similar to linguine. To my taste, it was too buttery, but the strong seafood taste convinced me.

As always, we were too full for a dessert.

Including two bottles of coca cola (these miserable small glass bottles that you can find only in restaurants), the bill came close to 40 Euro. Not cheap, but I don't think it was more expensive than other Italian restaurants, as Italian food tends to be rather expensive in Greece. We paid about 12 or 13 Euro less because of the discount voucher, and maybe for it, we did not get any receipt, as I mentioned earlier.

I liked the salad and pasta, but not so much the pizza. My search for perfect pizza in Athens continues.

Ndrangheta Pizza Bar
Iasonidou 10, Elliniko
Ιασωνίδου 10, Ελληνικό
Tel. 210 9649092

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