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Imittou 95, Pagrati – 210/75-11-001
Open daily from noon until midnight (or later)

The "poikoilia" plate, with a Greek salad and a side of hot spicy cheese dip, enough for 4 under 20 euro!
The "poikoilia" plate, with a Greek salad and a side of hot spicy cheese dip, enough for 4 under 20 euro!

It probably isn’t much of a surprise that I’d fall for the Greek God of wine, revelry and dance, but the astonishing part is that it’s merely a simple souvlaki stand that bears this God’s name. There’s nothing fancy about it, but the selection and prices land this guy a place in my budget minded heart. Located on Imittou street smack dab in between our duplexes and our Acropolis View penthouses, the tables spill outside onto the pedestrian walkway, and summer or winter you’ll have your choice of dining under the stars, in the glass enclosed dining room, or bringing your order home to enjoy in your “Athens home”. Here’s where the budget minded me gets really excited. Dionysios not only serves up a great gyros and souvlaki, but their “poikoilia” (combination or assortment platter of grilled meats – beef, chicken and pork – pronounced “pee-keel-yia”) for 2 people easily serves 4 and with the addition of a Greek salad makes for an amazing meal under 5 euro per person.
If you’re staying near Syntagma Square, you can take a leisurely walk to Imittou street (about 15-20 minutes via the National Gardens and the Old Olympic Stadium, or you can hop on the 2, 4 or 11 trolley and get off at Imittou Street.
Come before dinner and join the volta of Athenians strolling on the pedestrian side of Imittou street, enjoying ice cream and gelato or sipping cappuccinos in one of the dozens of cafes along this pleasant, tree lined street. (Remember, you are in Greece, have ice cream BEFORE dinner, that’s the Greek way).

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!

4 thoughts on “Dionysos – the Quick (Budget friendly) Greek”
  1. I like your blog. Interesting food posts. I will try this one, I live near by. Is there a way to register here in order to see the protected posts in the food section?

    Keep it up!

  2. Carol- Do you have a photo of this place? I’ve copied your directions and “bing mapped” the address but it is so much easier when we have a photo. Sadly, the Greek alphabet still baffles me. We will be coming for a week the first week in May so I hope to find this place. Thanks.

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