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Athens: traditional Greek taverna bites at Filotimo

Dimitris Kossyfas | October 4, 2020
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A solid concept, some good aesthetics and decent food can go a long way – especially when all of this is combined with a genuine desire to offer something honest. Taverna ‘To Filotimo‘ in Nea Erythrea has been around since 2017, but it’s only recently that it caught our eye due to their slight retouch a few months back.

To Filotimo, Athens - Travel Food People

Form some, its location may not be the prime selling point as it’s located in the outskirts of Nea Erythrea near the exit from the Athens-Thessaloniki National Road. For us, it was perfect as we were trying to find something new and relatively quiet away from all the buzz of Kifisia. And this nicely done Greek traditional taverna is exactly that!

Featuring memorabilia from old Greek adverts side by side with old school payment tills and refrigerators, To Filotimo offers very warm interiors for a cosy night out. Accompanied by some friends, we recently visited the taverna for a light weeknight dinner (ahem!). The menu was enticing, featuring both seafood and meat – but above all, meze. Dishes to share with good friends.

Although we got tempted by the gorgeous-looking grilled octopus served to the table next to us, we still decided to mostly for meat although their starters were also very tasty indeed! We tried their fried eggs over french fries (it also comes with soutzouki but we saved ourselves the extra calories) which were very crunchy and delicious, as well as a fresh tomato salad to cool us down.

To Filotimo, Athens - Travel Food People
To Filotimo, Athens - Travel Food People

The pastrami cheese dumplings, pastourmadopitakia in Greek, were aboslutely fantastic and their homemade cheese spread, kafteri, equally tasteful. For main, we shared a portion of perfectly crisp and tender fried meatballs and some finger-licking pork chops.

Above all, To Filotimo is a neighbourhood joint for some good food to accompany a friends’ night out.

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