While planning our trip to Athens, I had emailed Sha, one of my earliest and most loyal readers, a transplanted Cebuana who calls Athens home, but spends most of the year working all over the world, where only the most beautiful folks and yachts converge. We had hoped to touch base in Athens, not to mention extract some wonderful insider information on markets and places to eat. But scheduling was an issue and we were unable to meet up though Sha sent several emails with terrific suggestions regarding sightseeing and eating in her home town. She also put me in touch with Jo, a Greek archaeologist and food blogger at FOODJUNKIE, who sent me a WONDERFUL list of suggested restaurants and snack places (by district!) in Athens. Thank you so much Jo, we managed to try several of the places you suggested, and we are most grateful for your tips!
Just around the corner from our hotel was a place Jo described as having “great cheese pies, even my grandmother used to frequent the place…” so off to Ariston for a mid-afternoon merienda or snack. The place had an amazing selection of savory pies, flaky pastry or phyllo dough filled with all manner of cheese and other ingredients. These would definitely qualify as meals, not snacks, but we dove in anyway. I ordered a “pie” filled with sauteed leeks and cheese that was out of this world, rich, flavorful and unlike any savory pie I have tasted before. It was a bit messy to eat, but definitely yummy for the tummy.
I have to admit that none of us was particularly hungry when we got to the display window of Ariston, and there might have even been a few groans of complaint that we couldn’t possibly eat anything more that day. But one look at the various pies on offer and suddenly our stomachs miraculously created space!
Mrs. Marketman had some bread with cheese baked into it, sorry, I didn’t record the name of our purchases, we were too engrossed eating them, that was simple yet simply delicious. A bit like a substantial pan de sal with salty cheese. Yum.
The Kid, immediately skipped the savory counter and headed straight for the sweets and picked out this amazing dessert approximating a giant cookie filled with chocolate cream and sprinkles. Overall, it was a great place to add inches to your already burgeoning mid-section. And the prices? Very reasonable.
Ariston. Syntagma area. Voulis near Karageorgi Servias Street. And nearby there are lots of other delicious food finds as well!