Out Greek-American Delights
By Danny, Terri and Bobfirstname.lastname@example.org
Give it up for Mom.
With Mothers Day looming on the day of our visit, that
was our reaction when we had the rice pudding ($3.50) at Venus,
828 Fort Salonga Road, in East Northport. The recipe, said
Cyprus-born proprietor Kyriakos Parpas, comes from his mother,
as do several others on his restaurants menu. It was
the cinnamon, we agreed, that makes their pudding so good.
Parpas said hes customized his menu and his recipes
to his customers tastes in Northport, and a bustling
dining room, trimmed in blue and white with brick walls, shows
his homemade creations are paying off handsomely. Hes
had a restaurant in Northport for 23 years and has been at
his current location since 2000.
We make everything here at the restaurant, he
said. Whatever it is they want, we make it to their
taste. Its Greek for this area. Its Greek-American.
Venus hummus ($5.95 small, $8.45 large) with its peppery
flair, comes with tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers and
black olives; their Greek pizzas ($9) and the salty flavors
of the spinach and the cheese make an appetizing blend.
Soup choices ($2.95 cup, $3.75 bowl) include chickpea and
bean soup, which comes loaded with hearty legumes in a mellow
tomato and parsley broth. The lentil soup, loaded with beans
and potatoes in a tomato broth, is just as good, and the Manhattan
clam chowder is another great choice if youre more inclined
For dinner, we had the hot open turkey sandwich ($11) that
features a generous portion of fresh mashed potatoes and dark,
homemade gravy that one might imagine with the Thanksgiving
The Savvis special ($17.50) has moussaka, pastitsio and your
choice of chicken or pork gyro meat. Moussaka is layered eggplant,
potatoes and chopped beef, while the pastitsio is layered
ziti and chopped beef. Both are topped with béchamel
cream and have a delicious, sweet tomato flavor about them.
Baked lamb shanks ($16.95), prepared in a tomato sauce and
served with potatoes and lemon, are fall-off-the-bone tender
and make for an excellent choice. The Greek salads ($5.25
and up) are so good the feta stands out particularly
that you might not even think to add the excellent
oil and vinegar dressing.
Wrap up the meal with a dish of their flaky, sweet and nutty
homemade baklava ($3.95). If youre inclined for something
a bit less sweet, check out the rice pudding or a helping
of Greek custard, also known as galactoboureko ($3.50).
Granted, with the generous portions, were going to have
to make a few more return visits to dig into the impressive
seafood menu and the other Greek dishes we missed the first
time. Its a trip we are most certainly looking forward
828 Fort Salonga Road
Atmosphere: Casual neighborhood dining
Price Range: Inexpensive Moderate
Hours: Sunday Thursday
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
8 a.m. 11 p.m.