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One of our favorite places to go when we’re seeking out a bit of creativity on our plates, without the “show” that usually goes along with those kinds of places. There is no pretense at Oinothira, just lovingly prepared, fresh food at this hidden away gem behind the church across from the Square in Kaisarianni called Oinothira (Makariou 13 at Chris. Smirnis Sts. 210/72.58.428. Call if you are visiting in August, they generally close at some point during the month, although now with tables kaddy corner for additional outside dining, they may remain open more weeks in August).

This understated little NON SMOKING restaurant serves wonderful Greek creations like a seasonal seafood and artichoke salad, various seafood pastas as well as an awesome seasonal “astako macaronada” (spaghetti with lobster).  But the real surprise were the stuffed sardines. I’m not a fan of sardines in general, but I figure that any chef who takes the time to actually stuff these tiny fish deserves my respect enough for me to try them, and I was certainly glad I did. While it hasn’t made me a fan of unstuffed sardines, I liked them enough to be disappointed when I visited again and they weren’t on the menu (sardines are sensitive to the full moon, and since they’re fished at night, a full moon causes them to dive deep beyond the reach of the fishermen).

You’ve got to love a chef who has the patience to stuff these little guys!So refreshing to find interesting, creative dishes without all the pretense.
And those looking for more traditional Greek dishes will be pleased with the pop in your mouth freshness of these tiny fish.Oinothyra offers a nice selection of traditional and not so traditional sides and starters, make them into a meal to share.

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!