BOCA RATON, FL, December 6, 2017 — Oliv Pit Athenian Grille, a premium casual authentic Greek restaurant, has opened at the Shoppes at Village Pointe on Southwest 18th Street in Boca Raton. The menu features authentic Athenian cuisine that reinterprets classic recipes with a modern twist.
The concept is co-owned by Emmanuel Vlahos, an Ohio native and son of Greek immigrants who moved here recently after spending the last 27 years in Athens; and Marcos Alexandridis, a Greek native, raised in Montreal. Alexandridis hails from a family of soccer stars as his father, uncle and cousin all played for Greece’s team Olympiacos, and he took up the tradition himself and played for Costa Rica’s team Saprissa.
Oliv Pit imports most of its ingredients from Greece and sources the fresh produce from local independent suppliers. The restaurant is the first in the United States to use barbeque briquettes made of olive pits for grilling its meats. This process is popular in Greece and elsewhere in Europe, as the olive pits do not contain carcinogens found in charcoal. The premium meats are sourced from Kassos Family Premium Meats in Ohio. Oliv Pit serves imported Greek wine and beer exclusively.
“We are delighted to bring our fresh, authentic Athenian cuisine to Boca Raton and we have been so pleased with the response that we have received from local guests,” said Emmanuel Vlahos. “We are committed to serving our guests delicious and authentic cuisine and are excited to introduce the concept of grilling with olive pits to the States.”
The 84-seat restaurant features an open kitchen and outdoor seating in both the front of the restaurant and in the back courtyard. The restaurant was designed by Greek architect and designer Maria Mergoupi.
“The recipes used at OlivPit have been passed down to me from my Athenian family and they go back many generations,” said Marcos Alexandridis. “Further, the restaurant interiors follow in that same Athenian tradition and we’ve used a well-known Greek architect for our design.”
The menu features starters including eggplant spread (Melitzanosalata) for $7, which is a lighter version of the typical version of this dish. It includes eggplant, bell peppers, green onions , parsley, Greek olive oil and garlic.
Other appetizers include zucchini croquettes (Kolokithokeftedes) for $9; spinach pie (Spanakopita) for $8; meatballs (Keftedes) for $9; Fava for $7 and Tirokafteri spread for $7.
A variety of Greek salads are available including some that are not seen on menus in the U.S.: Greek Bruschetta (Dakos), a salad from the island of Crete that includes rusk bread, vine tomatoes, red onion, capers manouri cheese and Greek olive oil ($13); and Arugula Salad with baby arugula, fresh figs, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, shaved parmesan and finished with a balsamic Cretan honey vinaigrette ($13).
Greek specialties include individual skewers (Souvlaki) in pork, chicken or veggie for $4 or with pita wrap for $9; Gyro (beef or lamb) with pita for $9; lamb burger for $14; Beefteki pita wrap for $9; and a Greek burger (Beefteki) for $9. Entrees include lamb chops, octopus, jumbo prawns and a seafood platter, all market prices.
Desserts include Baklava ($6), Orange Cake ($5), Walnut Cake ($5) and Greek Yogurt (Yaourti) ($7).
Oliv Pit is located in the Shoppes at Village Point, 6006 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, FL 33433, phone: 561.409.2049. The restaurant is open daily and the hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information please visit olivpit.com or follow on social at: Facebook.com/olivpit, @olivpit.