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Dining Around at Estia Greek Taverna in Radnor, PA
By Jerry Bloom, Special to the Hellenic News of America
Estia Greek Taverna, 222 North Radnor Chester Road in Radnor, PA is a newly opened 200-seat casually elegant indoor-outdoor dining destination specializing in fresh-caught fish and Greek comfort food. The restaurant features a wrap-around patio for outdoor dining surrounded by flowers and greenery, as well as white-washed stone arches, repurposed wood plank floors and table tops, and a welcoming full-service bar.
This is the newest venue under the ownership of Pete and Nick Pashalis, along with Pete’s brother-in-law, John Lois, all owners of Estia Philadelphia, the award winning, upscale Greek Restaurant that opened seven years ago. They welcome guests into their restaurants just as they would into their home.
The new Estia Greek Taverna in Radnor, PA comes months after their well-received Estia Greek Taverna in Marlton, New Jersey. It also has an airy feel that will leave guests feeling as if they ventured to a Greek Island. The only thing missing is a view of the sun-drenched Mediterranean from the Estia Taverna patio.
“With the overwhelmingly positive response to our first Estia Taverna, we immediately knew that we wanted to open another and share the storied hospitality and impeccably fresh seafood of the Greek islands with more of our neighbors,” says Pete, co-owner of Estia Philadelphia and two Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria locations (1714 Walnut Street and 121 South Street in Philadelphia). “We invite long-time fans and first-time diners alike into our new home in Radnor, for what we hope is the first of many memorable meals in our welcoming, inviting setting.”
Each dish is prepared with an emphasis on using the highest quality seafood, including flying in the freshest fish from the Mediterranean – a family tradition since Estia Philadelphia opened seven years ago. At Estia Greek Taverna, guests can enjoy seasonal oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, or the Estia Grand Plateau ($50) for 2-4 people to enjoy shrimp, oysters, lobster, mussels and crab cocktail (a raw shellfish plate for two to four people).
We began our menu tasting Estia Chips ($14), a tower of paper-thin slices of zucchini and eggplant, lightly fried and served with homemade tzatziki dipping sauce. Tasty charcoal-grilled Octopus ($16) with onions and capers is another must-try appetizer.
To clear the palate, we enjoyed a classic Greek Salad ($12), made with fresh sweet tomato sections, sliced cucumber buttons, sliced green peppers, red onions, green olives, and a slab of feta cheese in a red wine vinaigrette.
For our entrees, we shared Estia’s famous Lavraki ($26), a grilled Mediterranean sea-bass, deboned in the kitchen and accompanied with a tangle of horta (dandelion greens).
We followed this dish with a bowl of Halibut Plaki ($29), oven-baked fish with onions, peppers, potatoes, tomato, and herbs.
Dessert was a treat of Greek pastries. Baklava ($8) is layered phyllo with almonds, orange, and honey syrup served with vanilla gelato; Galaktoboureko ($7) is semolina custard wrapped in phyllo with orange lemon syrup; Karidopita ($8) is a Walnut Cake with cinnamon and lemon syrup served with vanilla gelato; and Ekmek ($9), my favorite, made with pistachios layered between shredded phyllo, custard, and whipped cream – a must-try desert.
The Taverna menu also offers traditional Greek Moussaka ($17), a casserole layered with seasoned ground beef, sliced eggplant and potatoes, topped with a creamy kefalograviera béchamel. Appetizers and salads range from $7 to $13, with dinner entrees ranging from $15 to $28. Lobster is available at market price.
“In Greece, the taverna is a place to gather with friends and family over a fresh, delicious meal and a few drinks, and we strive to recreate that same convivial atmosphere here in Radnor,” said Pete Pashalis.
The Taverna menu lists a different Daily Special for each day of the week.
› Monday – Lobster Makaronada ($32), a Whole Lobster Served With Linguini In A Fresh Tomato Sauce.
›Tuesday – Arni Trahana ($24), Boneless Lamb Shank Served Over Trahana Pasta With Tomato, Kampama, Pine Nuts, Currants, and Feta Cheese.
› Wednesday – Black Sea Bass For two ($60), Salt Encrusted Black Sea Bass, Baked and Served with Grilled Vegetables – allow 30 Minutes to prepare.
› Thursday – Braised Veal ($24), Veal Stew with Tomatoes, Orzo, and Feta Cheese.
› Friday – Mixed Seafood Hiliopites ($24), Fresh Mussels, Shrimp, and Calamari, with Greek Pasta in a fresh tomato Sauce.
› Saturday – Lamb Shank ($27), Slow cooked Lamb Shank served with Tomatoes, Orzo, and Feta Cheese.
› Sunday – Short Ribs Stefado ($25), Greek Beef Stew served with Cipollini Onions and Carrot Mashed Potatoes.
Estia Greek Taverna will open nightly at 5 p.m.: Monday through Thursday and Sundays until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. Lunch and brunch added soon.
The restaurant serves beer, wine by the glass and bottle, and mixed cocktails. The Taverna is handicapped accessible with free plenty of parking.
For reservations or info, call 484-581-7124 or visit online at www.estiataverna.com for their complete menus. Follow them on Twitter (@EstiaTaverna), and like them on Facebook.
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