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Once upon a time, many Greek restaurants didn’t use plates. Food was served on waxed paper sheets called “ladokola”. Ladokolla taverna on Imittou Street is a great place to experience this dying tradition. There are no plates at Ladokola, orders of grilled meat are brought to the table and strategically placed in the middle, so everyone can share. It’s a fun, family friendly atmosphere, and one of the best budget finds outside of the Plaka. Probably one of the few places where a family of 4 can eat in a full service restaurant for around 50 euro (without alcohol). Most of the servers are young and friendly with moderate to excellent English and the atmosphere is best in the large “screen porch” that wraps around the two story building. Cartoons adorn the walls with funny expressions in Greek, amuse yourselves by asking your server to translate and explain a few!
Ladokolla is located at the corner of Imittou (or Ymittou) Street and Chiou, two short blocks east of Formionos Street, on the border between Pagrati, Kaisargianni and University Town.

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By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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