By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Take a journey into ancient Greece and go even farther than simply seeing their historic ruins. Step into Athens’ Archeon Gefsis (Ancient Tastes) Restaurant to experience the atmosphere and food of ancient times.
After researching ancient Greek gastronomy, Archeon’s President, John Adamis has one of the most extensive libraries on that subject. His team studied translations of thousands of ancient writings in libraries and museums for over 2 years.
The Archeon offers recipes from 2,500 years ago, in fact, they even have some of the classic meals enjoyed by Socrates.
A number of recipes were based on the Luxury of Life, 15 volume Opus, by the 4th century BC Sicilian Greek Orchestrates. Ancient Greek cuisine is different from Greek cuisine- the spices, ingredients, combinations of ingredients, and way of cooking are unique.
The menu includes an exciting wide array of ancient cuisine with low fat sauces and healthy ingredients. Try the prime beef, lamb, pork, fish or chicken. Honey and vinegar were used in abundance to create sweet and sour sauces, while fresh herbs and spices were the ancient’s favorites.
You will not find Moussaka, tomatoes, pasta, rice, potatoes, coffee, cola, or sugar on the menu. Diners do not use forks but we are allowed a spoon and knife. Throughout the menu they quote Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, and other well known men of their time. “The source for all pleasures is the satisfaction of the stomach,” Epicurus, 341-270 BC.
The owners have kept within the authentic atmosphere of early Greece- the pillars, walls, torches, tables, frescoes, couches, altars, and everything in the restaurant have been taken from drawings.
Even the waiters wear ankle length togas! They are quite knowledgeable about the cuisine and history of ancient Greece. When a group of 7 or more arrive, they are brought into a special room for a Recliner Symposium.
Each of the guests are given Greek gowns, sandals, an ivy wreath, and can relax on wooden recliners. One person is elected King of the Symposium, and just like the early Greeks, the group can recreate the symposium of dining, talking, games, and mental stimulation.
Archeon Gefsis (Ancient Tastes) Restaurant, (30)-210-523-9661, located in the Northern historic area of metaxourgio, 22 kodratou Street, Athens, Greece.
I found very reasonable rates at nice hotels in Athens. This city is a g Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974.
Athens is a great place to take day trips to some of Greece’s historic sites.
Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974.