Pinelopi’s Greek Kitchen

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Don’t be sur­prised

if you ac­tu­ally get a hug on your first visit to Pinelopi’s Greek Kitchen. It’s a small res­tau­rant that skill­fully evokes the fresh­ness and flavours of home-style Greek cook­ing, dished up with gen­uine warmth and hos­pi­tal­ity.

Owner Penny Palermo is proud to present fare based on tra­di­tional recipes she learned as a child, cook­ing with her mother. With more than a dozen years in the res­tau­rant busi­ness, Penny clearly knows what works and has care­fully ap­plied it to her new­est ven­ture. The por­tions are gen­er­ous, prices are fair and the at­mos­phere re­sem­bles a cozy Greek tav­erna where you’re apt to end up in con­ver­sa­tion with the folks at the next ta­ble.

The menu is packed with cus­tom­ary Greek favourites in­clud­ing de­li­cious ap­pe­tiz­ers such as house-made tzatziki, grilled loukanikio (a tasty Greek sausage) and the world-renowned saganaki, which is ke­falo­tyri cheese melted in a small fry­ing pan then flam­béed ta­ble­side with brandy. “Of course, we tell any­one who or­ders it that they can­not have it un­less they shout the cus­tom­ary cheer of ‘Saganaki Opa!’ when it is be­ing pre­sented,” jokes Penny.

For mains, both lunch and din­ner menus of­fer a pleas­ing range of op­tions, from sou­vlaki to fish to oven-roasted lamb and more. Pinelopi’s also serves up some of the best fried cala­mari to be had in Ot­tawa, along with suc­cu­lent mous­saka in both meat and veg­e­tar­ian ver­sions.

“Our sig­na­ture dish, which we cre­ated our­selves, is San­torini chicken. It’s a bone­less breast stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, lightly dusted in flour, then baked and topped with a creamy roasted-red pep­per sauce,” ex­plains Penny. Moist, ten­der and de­lec­ta­ble, it’s lit­tle won­der that this dish is one of Pinelopi’s best sell­ers.

A va­ri­ety of sal­ads and sweet treats round out the menu, in­clud­ing baklava and Penny’s per­sonal favourite, galac­to­bouriko – a con­fec­tion com­posed of phyllo pas­try,

Our sig­na­ture dish, which we cre­ated our­selves, is San­torini

chicken. — Penny Palermo, owner of Pine­lope’s Greek Kitchen

vanilla cus­tard and cin­na­mon, topped with a honey-based syrup. The wine se­lec­tion will suit a range of tastes in­clud­ing sev­eral that pair par­tic­u­larly well with Greek food.

Pinelopi’s Greek Kitchen is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and is lo­cated at 4100 Strand­herd Drive (at Cedarview) in Bar­rhaven. Visit www.pinelopis.ca or call 613.843.1111. Take­out and cater­ing avail­able.

pho­tog­ra­phy by mark holleron

Chicken San­torini.

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